Book Review: YOU by Caroline Kepnes


Title: YOU

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Genre: Suspense/Thriller (Some people have categorized this book as a romance which is just sickly wrong!

Story: Joe Goldberg works as a manager in a book store in NYC when he falls in love with a customer. He will stop at nothing to make her notice him and fall in love with him.

What Worked: Let’s just throw numbers around and say there are about 10 different point of views an author can use, and about 1,000,000,000,000,000+ different stories in the world. Well, Kepnes takes a tale as old as time. Psycho guy stalks female, everything your parents ever warned you about when growing up, and tells a twisted tale from the view of the STALKER! As if that wasn’t creepy enough, I found myself starting to believe the psychopath, and side with his warped, twisted logic (Does that make me a psychopath?). This type of writing takes TALENT! This book walked me slowly off the edge of the cliff. And it wasn’t like I was pushed, I willingly walked, right off. That’s how it felt. The book is really quite genius. Not only is it creepy, and turns the world upside down, but it is pretty funny as well. Stephen King is criticized for being the mainstream horror writer throughout the book…and there he is on the cover of the book singing its praise “Hypnotic and scary…Totally original.” Stephen King…I LOVE IT!

Then there is the element of the book that I wasn’t aware of prior to reading..quite a few dirty scenes. I felt even dirtier wanting to read them, from the view of a stalker, psychopath, murderer (Does that make me a psychopath?)

What Needed Work: For me, towards the end..reality sinks in. No one gets this lucky. This many crimes/murders/attacks/break-ins go unsolved or covered up in this day and age. The cops would have been able to trace the cell phones and…there were just some really far-fetched scenes.

Overall: YOU will never look at vanilla ice-cream the same. Ever. I will never see Twizzlers or red ladles the same either, but….vanilla ice-cream. WTF!? Something so plain, so boring, so ordinary and predictable, and Kepnes transformed it into…Lordy. I loved this book and I’m thrilled that there is a sequel (Does this make me a psychopath?)

Rating: 5/5

If you wanna read: Amazon Link

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: YOU by Caroline Kepnes

  1. Shannon, psychopaths are always the last to find out. Your stellar review is intriguing and makes me want to run out and buy this book and some vanilla ice cream. Thank you

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