YOU: The Most Psycho Book I’ve Read All Year – Book Review

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. -Description from Amazon-

I hate how much I love it.

This is an incredibly dark and intense read, not for the faint of heart. Our villainous lead character guides us into his twisted sense of the world around him and you won’t be able to look away.

What makes this novel pure genius is the manipulation of the reader. 

You will feel things you do not want to feel.

Reading this, it is very clear that Joe is a very bad guy. Yet almost inexplicably you will find yourself rooting for his cause while a rational side of you knows just how wrong it is. Joe pulls you in and doesn’t let go. It is a credit to the author that she can manipulate a reader so completely. Author, Caroline Kepnes is pure brilliance.

I read the first sentence of this book and I knew it was going to mess me up. 

And I was right, it did mess me up. I realized I would need to read it quick for all its intensity and I finished it in two days. Upon finishing the last fantastically dreadful page, I needed to be revived into happy society again. Children’s movies, rainbows, fuzzy pajamas, cookies, and rainbows were all administered as treatment. I’m still not fully recovered.

I want to make it clear how uncomfortable I feel about how much I love this book. I love it for its ingenuity. But I hate myself for loving it. It is incredibly sick, disgusting, disturbing, horrifying, and any other horrendous descriptor you can think of. It is a terrible read in the best way possible. I urge you to read it, if only so you can feel the same struggles that I do. Click the cover to meet your new favorite villain.



Good Things

  • Characters you love to hate
  • Brilliant story telling
  • Painfully convincing
  • Thrilling, suspenseful, terrifying
  • Fast paced
  • It is the most disgustingly masterful piece of literature I have ever had the disturbing pleasure of reading.

Bad Things

  • This is a masterful book, but there are some things you should know before picking it up. I do not think these are cons, just FYI's
  • There is severe adult content
  • It is crude and disgusting
  • Extensive psychological pressures
  • Basically: this is not for the faint of heart

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