You is a thriller written by Caroline Kepnes. When a beautiful, mysterious girl ends up in the bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what most people would do: he googles the name on her credit card.
Guinevere Beck is all over the Internet: she has a public Facebook account and tweets incessantly, giving to Joe everything he needs to know about her.
After orchestrating a “unexpected” meeting at a bar he knows she will be at one night, Joe slowly starts taking control over Beck’s life, driving her to him. Joe is willing to do everything to get his dream girl, even if it means murder.
WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT IT
I should probably start this review by mentioning that thrillers and mysteries are usually not the types of books I go for. Since I’m trying to expand my horizons this year and read different genres, I thought I would give that book a try. I won a giveaway and received this book for free, which definitely made me want to read it more! I also read many great reviews about it, so it is with pretty high expectations that I dived into this book.
Well, I think I can honestly say that I was a bit disappointed. The concept is original. I mean, how many books about stalkers have you read before? For me it was a first. But as much as I liked the plot outline, the story ended up deceiving me. It could get so crazy sometimes! Which, in this case, sort of makes sense. Joe is crazy (you can’t deny it)
. But how crazy can it be before it turns into something unrealistic?
The sad thing is, I could figure out what would happen pretty easily. I knew who was going to get killed, and I had a feeling on how it would end. Though there are a few twists that I hadn’t seen coming, I was left a bit disappointed on that point.
Also, I could not withstand any of the characters. Every single of them got on my nerves. Beck is probably the most annoying main character/love interest I have ever encountered! Not only does she have serious issues, but she’s also pretty obnoxious. She keeps blaming the world for her problems, but she does not do a single thing to fix them. She reminded me of those typical rich people who keep complaining about their “problems”, not realizing how intolerable they’re being.
Which brings me on to the next character: Peach. Oh God, where do I begin? Let me just say that this bitch is rude, unbearable and a pathological liar. She deserved what happened to her.
Now, let’s talk about the positive stuff.
First off, I loved the way it was written! It’s the first time I read a book in second(?) person point of view. I’m not quite sure how to describe it. It’s actually written in first person, but the narrator keeps addressing Beck. At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but it turns out, I loved it! It’s very different and was a brand new experience for me. I felt at times like Joe was talking to me personally, which brings the reader a lot closer to him. It allows us to understand him and the way he sees things more.
Which brings me to my second point: Joe. While I agree that Joe definitely needs help, I did enjoy reading from his point of view. Not only is he very funny, his vision of the world is also very crude and raw. He narrates his life the way he sees it, and at some point, you start to understand him. At first, I was a bit taken aback. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to go through an entire book written from his point of view, but I quickly adapted. He rationalizes everything, and all the things he does seem to make sense when you read from his point of view. He prepares for absolutely every eventuality and rarely ever makes a mistake when it comes to stalking and murders
(crazy, I know).
So this is a mixed review. With that in mind, I haven’t decided whether I’ll be reading the sequel or not.
Believe it or not, Amy seems even more unbearable than Beck was. Still, I’m glad I was able to check this book off my TBR!
Overall rating: 3.5 stars | Find this book on Goodreads
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