Books, Thriller/Mystery

You by Caroline Kepnes Review

The problem with books is that they end. They seduce you. They spread their legs to you and pull you inside. And you go deep and leave your possessions and your ties to the world at the door and you like it inside and you don’t want for your possessions or your ties and then, the book evaporates.”

Excerpts from:
You
by Caroline Kepnes
Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

Although I am aware that this book was released many years ago, I was able to read it before the series was broadcast on television. Caroline Kepnes’ novel is a suspense thriller that was named one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014 for its clever twists and turns. This book was well created, and it is a terrible novel that can occur in this latest social media buzz.

Following my reading of the book, I came to the conclusion that the book is actually rather worrisome, especially in this day when social media is the focus of everyone’s attention. I am among those who use other social media networks (even if not that frequently, but still using). This might put everyone’s safety in grave danger. It is accurate to say that if you join up or register on these platforms, you may also enable strangers (if you are not using a private mode) to view your personal status. This implies that other people may look you up on these platforms and become connected with you.

I was astounded by Caroline Kepnes’ flawless writing of this book. You’ll experience a range of emotions, just like I did when reading this book. At the same moment, I was startled, astonished, and scared. We can never be sure what people are doing when using social media, so I double-checked to make sure that all of my accounts were set to private.

While reading, I was struck by Joe’s need to be loved by Beck. I believe he merely wanted to meet someone who would genuinely love him, but his methods were cruel. He suffers from the same mental illness as Beck, who always craves attention. Actually, I don’t like Beck’s character in this novel. Although Joe knew she was a user and often gave him false hope, he still continued to love her. However, due to the course of events, Beck received what she deserved.

Joe is a terrifying character. The way he thinks and perceives a situation is an act of a disordered mind. Because of this story, we should think clearly and be cautious about who we meet and add on social media, because even a gorgeous and sweet face may do hazardous things to us if we don’t know anything about them. They might appear kind, innocent, and loving, but we have no idea whether they have a secret motive or are manipulating us.

The book “You” is very incredible. Despite my busy schedule, I was only able to complete it in 3 days. I find it impossible to put the book down, and if given the chance, I would heartily suggest it to anybody, especially grownups who like to read suspense thrillers. I had a great time reading this book.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Here are some of the quotations from this book that I’ve highlighted and wanted to share with all of you a little bit about my thoughts on each one.

The problem with books is that they end. They seduce you. They spread their legs to you and pull you inside. And you go deep and leave your possessions and your ties to the world at the door and you like it inside and you don’t want for your possessions or your ties and then, the book evaporates.”

To all booklovers and book readers out there, this one is really true. Every time we are deep in our thoughts while reading, and we feel like we are inside the world of the books that we are reading, the book eventually ends, and we are left thinking that we want more from it, and we long for another chapter, which, in the end, we realize that there is no next chapter at all.

Happiness is believing that you’re gonna be happy. It’s hope.”

What we believe influences what we do and how we feel. I also think that if we believe something and want for it to happen, it will happen. Similar to the last statement, if we truly think that we will be happy, then we will be.

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