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.
Wow, wow, wow! I loved this book!
Joe Goldberg seems so nice, he’s a book geek who works in a bookstore. He must be a good guy, right?! Well you couldn’t be more wrong, he is a first-class stalker! Guinevere Beck is an aspiring writer, college student, and has just purchased a book from the store Joe works in. Little does she know that she is Joe’s next unsuspecting target.
This was an audiobook read for me and it was superb! The narrator is so good! He captures Joe remarkably well, I was entranced! I usually speed the audio up to 1.5, but didn’t for this book because I didn’t want to lose the creepiness in Santino Fontana’s (narrator) voice while portraying Joe. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book as much as I did if it weren’t for the audio. Without a doubt, it put it over the top for me.
This book is quite vulgar at times, to the point I often cringed, but it certainly fit with Joe’s character as an obsessive, insecure, crazy stalker. I didn’t connect or even like any of the characters and yet I loved this book. Go figure!
It really makes you think about your online social media presence. Yikes! It is scary to see how much information one can get from seemingly innocent posts.
I am really looking forward to watching the You TV series on Lifetime, starting this Sunday. It will need some serious cleaning up, as far as language is concerned, for TV. There is also a lot of internal dialogue that will have to be pulled out of Joe’s head and given verbally. I think it will be very interesting to see how this book will be brought to life!
I plan on moving onto Hidden Bodies (You, #2) in the near future. I already checked and it is the same narrator, so I am pretty excited!
My Rating: 5/5
Series: You, #1
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: 9/30/2014
Pages: 424 (Hardback)
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