Seriously Creepy! You by Caroline Kepnes

Posted March 14, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 12 Comments

Seriously Creepy! You by Caroline KepnesYou by Caroline Kepnes
Series: You #1
Published by Atria on September 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 433
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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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What an interesting, disturbing story. Not one redeemable character.

The narrator is Joe Goldberg who runs a bookstore in Manhattan. One day he is captivated by a young woman, Guinevere Beck, who enters the store. From that moment forward she becomes his obsession.

Joe can be characterized as an adult, modern-day version of Holden Caulfield from J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. In fact, the author deliberately includes subtle connections. Despite that annoying aspect (I’m not a Holden fan), he can sometimes be seductive in having you adopt his points of view at times, and that’s where I find the author masterful.

It isn’t comfortable being in Joe’s head but sometimes it was fascinating when he could dispassionately chronicle what was going on with other characters. While the ending could be described as somewhat predictable, it wasn’t tied neatly with a bow and that set it apart. Despite my unease with the story, I’m definitely reading the next book.

About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is a native of Cape Cod and the author of many published short stories. After graduating from Brown University, Caroline moved to New York where she covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly and Tiger Beat. She also worked as a staff writer on the first season of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Caroline’s second novel, Hidden Bodies, is the follow-up to her debut novel, You, which was optioned by Showtime. Caroline now lives in Los Angeles, where she writes fiction, drinks artificially sweetened caffeinated beverages and avoids freeways. @ on Twitter or visit

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12 responses to “Seriously Creepy! You by Caroline Kepnes

    • This book was a slow start and then just became a train wreck I couldn’t stop watching. I’m listening to Hidden Bodies and I swear the narrator matches what I’d created in my head. Tough read.

  1. I feel bad that I didn’t dig this one like everyone else did. I think it is because I didn’t listen to it. I may go back and give it another whirl since element wise it should have been a total hit for me (but I DNF’d at page 200—I did read the end though cause 200 pages was too much not to see what happened)

    • It was around that part of the book that I started getting into the story, Felicia. And then I couldn’t put it down.

      I’m listening to the next book now and it’s making a huge difference. This guy is seriously whacked but I can’t let him go yet.

  2. I read Catcher in the Rye when I was in school, but I really remember almost nothing about it. This book has been on my TBR list for a long time. I know I saw Kimba’s review which really peeked my interest, but then I saw it on a list of 11 books that scared Stephen King and that is when I really added it onto my list. I’ve yet to actually act on it. I saw your review and decided that its time. I put it on hold at the library. There are 4 people ahead of me, so it may be a while before I get it. But that will push me to listen to it soon. Great review.