Monday, August 31, 2015

Book Review for You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

I've never read anything like this. Holy shit!!! First off, this was my very first experience with an Audio Book. While there will never be anything like READING a book, I really enjoyed this! I could've finished it a lot faster if I had read the physical book because I'm a fast reader but it was worth it because of Santino Fontana. Santino Fontana's narration was fantastic! He was THE PERFECT Joe.

Joe meets Beck at the bookstore he works at and immediately falls for her. He googles her name and that's where this whole twisted story gets started.

Joe is an amazing character. The way the author wrote his narattion is brilliant. He's fucking crazy but he's also funny, and clever, and charming. Oh, and he's a total psycho.

How did I find myself rooting for a crazed maniac?! He becomes such a real character- plus that voice lol *swoon*

I really came to dislike Beck. At the beginning she was alright but the more we delved into the story the more I began rooting for Joe. 

All in all, if you want to read a great thriller do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK!!!

“The Internet is a beautiful thing and you sent a tweet an hour after we met that day: I smell cheeseburgers. #CornerBistroIsMakingMeFat 

And let me tell you, for a moment there, I was concerned. Maybe I wasn’t special. You didn’t even mention me, our conversation. Also: I talk to strangers is a line in your Twitter bio. I talk to strangers. What the fuck is that, Beck? Children are not supposed to talk to strangers but you are an adult. Or is our conversation nothing to you? Am I just another stranger? Is your Twitter bio your subtle way of announcing that you’re an attention whore who has no standards and will give audience to any poor schmuck who says hello? Was I nothing to you? You don’t even mention the guy in the bookstore? Fuck, I thought, maybe I was wrong. Maybe we had nothing. But then I started to explore you and you don’t write about what really matters. You wouldn’t share me with your followers. Your online life is a variety show, so if anything, the fact that you didn’t put me in your stand-up act means that you covet me. Maybe even more than I realize...” 

“I fold my hands under my head and tell the books all about you. They listen, Beck. I know it sounds crazy, but they do.” 

“Oh Beck, I love reading your e-mail. Learning your life. And I am careful; I always mark new messages unread so that you won't get alarmed. My good fortune doesn't stop there; You prefer e-mail. You don't like texting. So this means that I am not missing out on all that much communication. You wrote an "essay" for some blog in which you stated that "e-mails last forever. You can search for any word at any time and see everything you ever said to anyone about that one word. Texts go away." I love you for wanting a record. I love your records for being so accessible and I'm so full of you, your calendar of caloric intake and hookups and menstrual moments, your self-portraits you don't publish, your recipes and exercises. You will know me soon too, I promise.” 

Caroline Kepnes is a native of Cape Cod and the author of many published short stories. She has also covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly, Tiger Beat, E! Online, and Yahoo. And she has also written for television shows, including 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her directorial debut short film Miles Away premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Caroline is a Brown University graduate now residing in Los Angeles in the same building that the Hillside Strangler once called home. She spends a lot of time on Cape Cod. 


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