Joe Goldberg is an average guy working in a bookstore in the East Village. In walks Guinevere Beck a beautiful aspiring writer. They flirt and Joe’s obsession begins. It’s not hard to find out more about the girl who goes as “Beck” because she’s all over social media and that’s how Joe gets his foot in.
You is an addicting story about a guy who seems pretty normal, loves books (he’s a bit of a book snob too), but will stop at nothing to get to the girl. Joe is a weird combination of likable and a little bit scary, a perfect character for a thriller.
And Beck is a mystery. Her public image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is one thing, clever, cute, literary. But she has a reckless side that Joe wants to protect her from. He’s working people, but is she doing the same? A mix-in of ambitious, needy and maybe not-so-good friends makes Beck’s character even more interesting.
You is told from Joe’s perspective. Not talking to the reader, though. He’s talking to Beck. And the whole time he’s explaining to her what he’s all about.
I devoured this book. I don’t want to say too much because this is the kind of story you want to experience, one creepy moment at a time. You might wonder why I’m giving 5 stars to a book that might seem a little trashy when you start reading it. Read on and you’ll discover that the genius of the storytelling is that Joe’s character becomes almost completely knowable by the end. I say almost because there are plenty of issues to resolve at the end of You, explained, I hope, in the sequel, Hidden Bodies.
Anyone who likes to read will love Kepnes’s literary references because, you know, the story does revolve around a bookstore. And the music references are equally fun, especially the one that indirectly refers to the book’s title. It was only by chance that I caught it.
You is a Lifetime series and I’ve already started watching it. It’s equally addicting. I recommend the book to readers who like stories of obsession and complex characters.
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