Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

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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.

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 I’m actually really confused about my feelings on this book. I’ve been trying to get this review together all week because I’m still trying to process it. On one hand it was a very unique read but on the other hand it got tedious to read.


What I Loved: Seeing (reading) the world through the eyes/mind of a love obsessed stalker, it was actually quite a bit of fun. The narrative style was also really awesome it was very unique, the entire book is written as Joe speaking to Beck (You). That’s really about it, the creepiness of Joe and his smarts and wit are what I love the most about the book.


What I Didn’t Love: Everyone in the entire book was crazy and messed up. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. It was kind of depressing, it didn’t really show you the good side of human nature just the bad. Now that wasn’t so bad because it’s cool to read about most of the time but after reading an entire book where all it is are bad crazy people, yeah it gets a little depressing. The pacing also got REALLY slow, at first Joe’s actions/stalking was exciting and interesting but 3/4 of the way through the book it got kind of boring.


So what drew me to this book in the first place was the narrative style which as I stated is Joe talking indirectly to Beck, referring to her as YOU. Thus the title of the book,  I like it I think it’s really neat. Then what caught my attention after that was the fact that Joe is a creep, a very charismatic creep, and he’s stalking this poor girl. I’ve never read anything like that before and I thought that this ,too, was really cool and neat.

That is all I thought was cool about the story though, and that is what ultimately disappointed me.


 PLOT

Joe stalking Beck, that’s it that’s the entire plot of the book. Him stalking her and letting NOTHING get between them. If there’s a problem, Joe will go to any length to get rid of it. The scariest part of the story is how easy it is for Joe to learn things about Beck and insert himself into her life by using her social media. SCARY. The pacing is pretty slow as I stated earlier, I mean literally all Joe does is creep on Beck 24/7. It gets old, but what else is he going to do? That’s right nothing, because “You” wouldn’t be “You” if he didn’t stalk her. It was engaging enough to keep me reading but I did find myself wanting to put it down and not pick it back up at times.

As far as the writing goes, I said earlier I love the narrative style, Joe talking to Beck the entire duration of the book, it’s very unique and it makes it A LOT of fun to read.


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Every single character in this book is fucked up and very well developed, I don’t think we are introduced to any characters that we don’t get really good insight into. I loved being able to know every character so well. But everyone has their own set of problems that gets exploited by Joe, which is why I said they’re all kind of fucked up because we see a lot of the bad in all of these people.

Joe – is the best character, he makes you want to be on his side and root for him. You’ll find yourself sitting there justifying his actions, “Oh yeah he’s following her around but it’s ok because it’s for true love right?” Wrong. He’s stalking her that’s bad but being in Joe’s headspace is toxic, he will make you think everything he does is alright when it obviously isn’t. That’s the beauty of Joe’s character. He’s smart, funny, charming, and he doesn’t leave ANYTHING to chance. You also can’t really trust him as a narrator and it’s wonderful.

Beck – was the polar opposite of Joe, basically. I didn’t like her character really at all, she was selfish and attention seeking. Enough said.

Other Characters – I can’t talk too much about anyone else without spoilers but I will mention Benji and Peach. You won’t see them right off the bat but they’re there….being annoying. Benji is a little whiny, stuck up bitch and Peach is horrible. Peach is honestly the most hate-able character, go read the book, and come back and tell me you didn’t think the same thing. Every character has their secrets though and they aren’t introduced unless they’re vitally important in the book.


Overall it was a pretty good book, I loved the character development and the slightly creepy atmosphere but a MAJOR draw back for me was the pacing it was way too slow and it got tedious to read through. So if you can muscle your way through the slow pacing then I recommend reading “You” it really is a decent read.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

 

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Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back? She begins to realize that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. Who did massacre the Day family?

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I’ve gotten to the point where I’m ready to just throw my money at anything Gillian Flynn writes, she’s absolutely brilliant and yet I’m terrified of what goes through her mind when she writes these books! I’m warning you now, this book is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.

Libby Day, was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”, she then testified that it was her brother, Ben Day, that did the deed. The story starts now ,twenty five years after the murders, where Libby’s trust fund is finally dwindling down to nothing. This is when she’s approached by the Kill Club to start digging into the mystery of her family’s murders in exchange for money, and Libby will start to call a lot things she thought she believed into question.

So Things You Will Love About Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Places” :

1. The plot twists! Now since this book revolves around a mystery a lot of people will think they can figure it out before Libby does. You are wrong, I’m sorry I know a lot of people can do it but believe me when I tell you that you will not be able to do that with this book at all.

This will be your face, like it was mine. For real.

And this is how I picture Gillian Flynn as readers reach the end of “Dark Places”

2. The characters! Yep the characters are very VERY disturbed, all of them, it’s insane. Libby is a great, strong character and witnessing the murder of her family at a young age messed with her head royally, but who wouldn’t be messed up after something like that? However, despite Libby’s struggles she pulls through a lot of crap to get to where she is by the end of this book. We also get a lot of insight into the minds of Patty Day and Ben Day, all I have to say about them is that Patty put up with a lot of shit and that I liked her for the most part. I was not fond of Ben….at all.

3. The writing! Gillian Flynn is a damn good writer, seriously, I would read this woman’s shopping list. She does an excellent job of making you feel what the characters feel, even though I didn’t want to because the characters are all very troubled. I mostly felt creeped out, that’s the whole book, creepiness. I’m fairly positive that’s what Flynn was shooting for, and she nailed it.

Overall I am recommending “Dark Places” it really is a fantastic book.

Recommend?

I would recommend this for anyone looking to get their mind blown or anybody who is a fan of Gillian Flynn, this one will not disappoint.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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