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Love hurts... When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he's instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams. Beck doesn't know it yet, but she's perfect for him, and soon she can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect facade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences. A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes's You is a perversely romantic thriller that's more dangerously clever than any you've read before.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : 2014. Simon & Schuster,
ISBN: 9781471137365
Branch Call Number: AF KEPN

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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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LoganLib_Kirra Jun 20, 2016

This is the best psychological thriller I've read. The author creates a journey reminiscent to Lolita as you see the story through the eyes of Joe as he presents Guinevere and you actually find yourself rooting for him and finding her annoying but then you wonder is she actually this annoying or ... Read More »


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boehmography
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.

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WoodneathJenny
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.

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vreeder2
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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Smac11
Mar 20, 2018

This was a stand out book for me this year. It's so different. The narrator reminds me a lot of Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye, so if you didn't like that kind of narration you may not like this book. This book is also sexually explicit if that matters to you. It's incredibly funny and incredibly worrying at the same time. I would recommend that if you are on the fence about reading it you just give it a try for yourself because I would venture to guess that just about all the reviews you read will either tell you the book is amazing or horrible.

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EwaSamples
Dec 26, 2017

I think it's a very sad and sick story.

CRRL_MegRaymond Sep 25, 2017

When you think you’re perfect for each other, maybe - just maybe - one or both of you has something to hide. Are Joe and Beck a perfect match? Or something much … darker.

This book is like a devastating train wreck that you can't look away from. The author puts you inside the mind of the self-centered, obsessive, often perverted, main character, which made me so uncomfortable as a reader that I started skimming about half-way through the book, reading in the same way that I peek through my fingers at a horror movie. Be prepared for lots of vulgarity and casual acts of murder. But you'll certainly be more kind to your librarian or bookstore clerk after reading this one.

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JulieSellars
Jul 28, 2017

Sorry to all the people who loved this book. I just couldn't even finish it. Run-on sentences, no paragraphs - it was too hard to follow.

The creepiness of the story also didn't appeal to me. I gave up, half-way through the book, read the few pages and decided it wasn't worth my time.

PimaLib_JB Apr 26, 2017

If you like psychological thrillers from the bad guy's POV (think Talented Mr. Ripley, Lolita, etc.), this is a can't-put-down modern update. And if you're into literary allusions, the extremely creepy narrator is even a snobby bookstore owner. As the other reviews mention, though, it's pretty dark and not for everyone -- lots of sexual and violent content.

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tenwen
Mar 28, 2017

Joe Goldberg is my hero!

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

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

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Talking to you is like traveling through time.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

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

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KaseyNB
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.”

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KaseyNB
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.”

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KaseyNB
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.”

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KaseyNB
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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