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Book - 2014
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How far would you go for the perfect love? When aspiring writer and recent Brown graduate Guinevere walks into the bookstore where Joe works, he's instantly smitten. She is everything he has ever wanted and as sexy as his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll do everything he can to get her. But mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences.
Publisher: New York : Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781476785592
Characteristics: 424 pages ;,24 cm


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May 06, 2019

Well I think I enjoyed this. It’s definitely not my cup of tea, but it was interesting. Joe’s perspective is just... something. He’s messed up. It was well written, and only had one part where it was kind of losing me for a bit. I did find the email preference a little unrealistic, and Beck’s relationships with other characters were a bit off (though I realize that was the point).

May 03, 2019

So entertaining. All the characters were so great.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 27, 2019

Creepy, unpleasant, and darkly comedic. For those who enjoy books with unsympathetic characters behaving badly. Also for those who will find some humor in the literary references and somewhat satiric approach to MFA/literary snob culture.

Mar 27, 2019

At no point did anything in this book feel authentic. The thoughts and emotions of the male always felt like a female's interpretation of how a male might think and feel. The whole thing felt like a girly horror story, a low-rent updated version of John Fowles' "The Collector".

Mar 05, 2019

You by Caroline Kepnes is a thriller story about an obsessive stalker who poses as a Manhattan bookstore employee but is really living as a predator, hunting and tracking his victim. The book is unusual in that it is told entirely from the stalker’s point of view.

The author excels at placing the reader firmly into this stalker's mind and as he works through various situations the sense of impending doom heightens. You is a dark, twisted story that kept me totally engrossed and reading well past my bedtime.

K_ROK Feb 28, 2019

Not a book that everyone will enjoy but it is by far the best 'Romance Thriller' I have read in a while. The characters are messed and frankly I loved the narrative of Joe. It almost feels like you get Stockholm syndrome the more you read because the author has a way to make you sympathize and root for a psycho. Some explicit language and sex so if that is not your cup of tea proceed accordingly. The ending wasn't the greatest but I won't say anymore about that.

Jan 30, 2019

Tv series based on this book is showing on Netflix right now and it's a good one! There is something about main character that reminds me a lot of Dexter. Similar philosophy of helping others and getting justice.

Aug 10, 2018

This book had the potential to really change up the genre - until it gave up at the end. I can't explain my point without spoiling the ending. But, frankly, the payoff was definitely not worth the slog of getting through this book. It was recommended to me by multiple people as a new take on the thriller (from the perspective of the stalker) but it didn't change things enough to make it worth my while. Skip past this one.

Jul 18, 2018

Joe, the ever so charming psychotic murderer of this book is the best kind of unreliable narrator. What makes this book so chilling is that you've met Joe the charming bookseller before in your real life. He doesn't come across during everyday interactions as the murderer you know he is. You would never suspect him of any deceit or murderous acts either. "You" dives deep into his personal thoughts and a few times you worry about yourself for agreeing with him and at others (most of the time) you cringe and sink into your chair and look around uncomfortably to make sure no one can see what you're reading. Word of warning, there is a lot of cursing and sex in this one so not for the faint of heart.

May 17, 2018

This book is an intense trip into the psychopathy of Joe Goldberg. I enjoyed reading this from Joe's perspective because putting myself into his mindset was a challenge and very frightening! At times the plot felt slow, but, when the plot picks up it is very interesting. If you enjoy thriller books, this one is definitely one to try!

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Apr 14, 2017

“But the most important thing I know is that I want the possibility of you more than the reality of [her].”

Apr 14, 2017

“Talking to you is like traveling through time.”

Apr 14, 2017

“Work in a bookstore and learn that most people in this world feel guilty about being who they are.”

Apr 14, 2017

“I don't say anything. I know the power of silence. I remember my dad saying nothing and I remember his silences more vividly than I remember the things he said.”

Apr 14, 2017

“The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.”

Apr 14, 2017

“If we were teenagers, I could kiss you. But I’m on a platform behind a counter wearing a name tag and we’re too old to be young.”

Apr 14, 2017

“The problem with books is that they end.”


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cathyf3 Apr 12, 2016

This book was a little long but once you start reading you have to know the ending. It is creepy and shows how easy it is to be targeted by a sociopath.Important to be aware and know where your stuff is. Joe is running a book store and this seems to be where he acquires his ladies. When he gets with Beck, she is as messed up as he is, and this gets her into trouble. I think I disliked Beck more than Joe. Beck was a user of people and situations. She was a slob and very irresponsible. With her possessions and others emotions. The section where Joe is training so he can kill Peach was scary, but would you really buy the story of a suicide where the person puts rocks in her pockets.
Joe turns out to be a serial killer of love.
Read and see what you think It would make a good movie.

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