You by Caroline Kepnes (Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2015)
Synopsis: 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.
Review: 4.15 / 5
I have conflicting views, but not what you may think. That is definitely not a bad thing. I have no issues with the book as a whole or the content of the book. I have an issue with the character of Joe. That is that author's intention and she executes the story beautifully. I think I can speak for everyone who has read this book when I say that I love to hate Joe and I hate to love him. I love his commentary on everything, but he is a stalker, murderer, and seriously mentally ill. Even after all of those defining characteristics, I can't help but seem to relate to him. I feel like everyone can relate to Joe in one way or another. I know that almost everyone on the planet has stalked someone online. I have looked up people that I want to know more about, but I don't feel it is terrible. This book escalates very quickly and gets so intense. It is hard to explain the events of this book to someone who hasn't read it because of all the crazy stuff that happens.
If you like crazy stuff, then look no further than this! I cannot wait to read the continuation of Joe's story next month. Sorry, this wasn't much of a review as it was just my rambling thoughts. I could really have discussions about this book with people. There is so much to talk about.