You by Caroline Kepnes: A Random List of Thoughts

Posted February 2, 2015 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews, Musings / 1 Comment

You by Caroline Kepnes: A Random List of ThoughtsYou by Caroline Kepnes
Also by this author: You, Hidden Bodies, Hidden Bodies (You, #2)
on September 30th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 432
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781476785592

“[A] beautifully crafted thriller that will give you chills.” (People magazine) From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.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. A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.

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~ Robbie’s Ramblings: A Random List ~

    1. My random list about author Caroline Kepnes’ debut novel You was inspired by a statement I’m sure anyone who reads has occasionally made, “I don’t know what to say about this book”. So here is what I can say. . .
    2. I could NOT put this book down!
    3. Bingo Caroline Kepnes! You are a hit and so is your book by the same name! My favorite authors are those in whose heads I would like to spend some time and I would love to spend time in yours!
    4. Hey Joe Goldberg! I adore you as a character.  You’re creepy, you’re weird, you’re a psychopath.  There is something so intimate about the author’s use of the second person POV to write your story.  I feel as though you’re speaking just to me. Feel free to stalk me, but please don’t kill me!!!
    5. Shame on you Guinevere Beck! You define shallow! You are as crazy as Joe Goldberg. . .just in a slightly more socially acceptable way.
    6. Joe is attractive, witty, crazy, romantic, damaged – not unlike the heroes of many romance novels. The difference is. . .Joe kills people.
    7. Joe’s thought processes make me smile.  Mixed with all his irrational observations about life as he sees it, Joe scatters appropriate book passages. . .and song lyrics. How many of you readers and music lovers can honestly say you don’t do this at times?
    8. If you feel comfortable and safe using social media. . .don’t! This book will scare you into privacy mode!
    9. The voice of Joe Goldberg cries out to me to give this book a 5 star rating for creative use of insanity in a character by an author.
    10. This point will only have meaning for you if you choose to read this fascinating and artfully crafted book. Do you know where your cell phone is? Smiley

About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is a native of Cape Cod and the author of many published short stories. After graduating from Brown University, Caroline moved to New York where she covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly, Tiger Beat, E! Online and Yahoo. She wrote episodes of 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her directorial debut short film Miles Away premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival and took third place in the Audience Award for Comedy Short. During her sophomore year of high school, she won an honorable mention in Sassy Magazine’s Fabulous Fiction Contest. Her favorite things include Mad Men, Prince lyrics, Bret Easton Ellis novels and romantic comedy films set in New York. She loves dancing in small bars to live funk music as much as she loves dancing in the living room to iTunes. First unrealized career ambition of her life: Solid Gold dancer. Caroline’s second novel, Hidden Bodies, is the follow-up to her debut novel, You, which was optioned by Showtime. Caroline now lives in Los Angeles, where she writes fiction, drinks artificially sweetened caffeinated beverages, and avoids freeways.

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