You: A Novel

Caroline Kepnes
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Oct 11, 2016

Aspiring writer, Guinevere Beck, thinks nothing of her “chance” meeting with Joe Goldberg, the guy at the local bookstore. The fact that he happens to be her perfect match down to the last detail just shows how lucky she is to have found him. Right?

Joe Goldberg knows it is meant to be when Guinevere Beck walks into his bookstore, but fate moves too slowly. Joe takes matters into his own hands and soon enough, with help from social media, Joe finds out everything he needs to know. Armed with her address, best friends’ names, access to her email, and so many other details of Beck’s life, Joe makes himself her perfect man. Beck belongs with him, and anyone that gets in the way will see just how dark Joe can be.

Caroline Kepnes’s novel is one of the best I’ve listened to this year. The plot is well-developed, but fast-moving. Each step gains speed, racing towards the inevitable end.

I can say many great things about You, but my favorite thing is that it is told from Joe’s point of view. Readers get to see each dark detail related through Joe’s skewed way of looking at the world.  Readers are brought along on every twist and turn of his quest to make Beck his. If they don’t watch out, they may even find themselves cheering him on as he manages to escape detection and continue to manipulate everyone around him.

I’m pleased to say that beyond having a great story, the audiobook gets five stars for having an amazing reader. Santino Fontana’s voice is spot-on and adds a lot to the story’s hypnotic allure. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end, and had me looking over my shoulder the entire way. 

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