Review: You by Caroline Kepnes
“I’m right here, Rose,” he whispered, his rough voice washing over me like a caress that fired something up inside me. “I might not be what you wanted or needed, but you got me anyway. I’m right here.”
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Genres: Thriller, Romance
"Your lips were made for mine, Beck. You are the reason I have a mouth, a heart.”
A thrilling, unique story that is totally not a romance, but a messed up and twisted story told in the voice of a stalker. Joe is unlike no others, he loves like no other boyfriend you ever had but at the same time he's also the boyfriend or lover you never want to have. Our characters are all messed up, from Joe's murdering behaviors to Bec's flirting, to Peach's manipulation. It is a story that showcases the worst side of human behavior and exploits it. An amazing representation of the dangers of social media, and written in a way that we root for the most evil characters.
Caroline is an author that was able to confuse you and take you on a ride like no other. Joe stalks his girlfriend, her friends, her ex boyfriend to try to connect with her. He believes he is the only one that can love her the way she deserves to be loved. However, as Joe continues to push himself into her life, she turns away from him falling for other guys (and girls). She cheats, she manipulates just as well and in some grey line between evil and goodness, the author makes you confused about whose side you're on and who you desire to win at the end.
“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.”
The side characters are just as thrilling and manipulative. Peach, Bec's best friend, tries to keep Joe and her apart which is not to Joe's liking. Hence, he begins disruptive schemes after schemes to separate them from each other. Murder, mystery, romance this book is really a mix of every quality and every amazing plot twist you can find.
It is not for the faint hearted. It really brings a light to the social media world and how open we can be to the outside world, to strangers. All of that with a mix of romance (very VERY messed up steamy romance) you find yourself reading YOU, and the way the narration is set you find yourself looking over your shoulder as you believe Joe is talking directly about and through you.
--- 5 stars ---