Book Review : You by Caroline Kepnes

March 24, 2015 Book review 12 ★★★

It’s been 16 hours and 1 day since I last read You.  And do I miss You?  Well…. it’s complicated!

Book Review : You by Caroline KepnesYou by Caroline Kepnes
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 30th 2014
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 432
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

First Line of You by Caroline Kepnes:

“You walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam.”

 My Thoughts on You by Caroline Kepnes:

Here’s the thing, when I examine all the usual things like writing and characters and setting; this book seems like it has it all.  It is dark and sinister, the writing is razor-sharp and the characters are repulsively interesting but somehow I just didn’t love it.

It looks like it has it all but I found, it was a book I wasn’t excited about reading.  I liked it, I still don’t know why I didn’t love it but facts are facts; I didn’t.  I can see it’s a book that I won’t forget in a hurry and the characters will haunt me a little and there isn’t anything I disliked.  I just wasn’t that into it.

Maybe it was me, maybe the book was that little bit too dark for me, maybe the pace was that little bit too slow.  I don’t know I can’t put my finger on it.  I can see why the book has gotten so many 5 star reviews as the writing is intelligent and quick-witted but it just wasn’t a 5 star read for me.

I think the important thing to note here is that I DID like the book as I feel the whole tone of my review is a bit dejected.  And this is because I was expecting to adore it; it sounded like a me book and the reviews I read had me hyped up to 90.  Which isn’t anyones fault but it just shows no matter how research you do and no matter how loved a book is; you just won’t know if it’s for you until you sit down with it for yourself.

And the big question for me is will I read another Caroline Kepnes book.  The answer is yes, more than likely.  She has a unique voice and I’d like to give her another chance to wow me.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read You by Caroline Kepnes?

I’d recommend this to you if you like dark and twisty books, with dark and twisty characters and clever writing.  I’d also recommend that you check out some other reviews as my opinion is a lot more subdued than others for this one.


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12 Responses to “Book Review : You by Caroline Kepnes”

    • trish

      It made me sad! I wanted to love it more but at least I did like it. And I think you’re right, I just didn’t fully click and that does affect the whole experience.

  1. Berls

    I hate when this happens to me. I like a book, but don’t love it and haven’t got a clue why. *sigh* you have me interested in checking it out now though. And at least you know you like the author’s writing enough to try again in the future!
    Berls recently posted…Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett

    • trish

      I think I’m the only one who didn’t love this book. So if you do check it out, hopefully you will be in that gang!

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