Praise for Caroline Kepnes and You:
“Hypnotic and scary.” —Stephen King
“I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED, you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious.” —Lena Dunham
From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.
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.
A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.
Paula Dawn's Review
You captivated me, Joe. I decided to write my review like you wrote about Beck. You are the mouse in my house right now. It’s been 24 hours and 12 minutes since I finished YOU. I can’t stop thinking about you and your faulty reasoning. You were perfect for me, except, you did very bad things. That’s okay though, I can love anyone. The worse you are, the more I love you. I’m weak for the anti-hero, Joe, and you were the cream of the crop.
Some won’t understand you or the things you did. That’s okay, I know you had good intentions behind the bad things you did. You made me see beyond the horrible acts and root for you. You’re a star, Joe. Beck didn’t deserve your undying devotion. She lied and manipulated, and was narcissistic, and really, you were too good for her. I didn’t like her, Joe. Not at all.
You know who I did like? You. You were intelligent and witty and I wanted to be in an everythingship with you. I wanted you to realize you should never settle for someone who doesn’t want you as much as you want them. But that’s not how it works, is it? That’s much too easy. We would all be happy and we can’t have that, can we?
You had tunnel vision when it came to Beck and making her see how different and hot you were together, but you were being blocked at every turn. You could not catch a break. That rotten Peach, with her conniving ailments, and Nicky, who I agree, was not a Doctor. I liked that you refused to give him that title. They kept interfering but you didn’t give up. No. You did what you had to do to get to Beck. You stalked and you watched and you hacked and you went outside my moral boundaries and you were determined to let nothing come between you. You were phenomenal. You kinda scared me, Joe. But I liked it. I was impressed.
You made me think about how we document our lives on social media… all of our Facebooking and Tweeting. Hashtagging our lives for the masses. How careless we are with over sharing. How maybe, just maybe, we should be out living our lives like Karen Minty. But if I were out living my life, I wouldn’t be reading YOU, now would I? And you wanted me to read YOU. I know you did. You wanted me to like you with your literary references, your charm, and your misconstrued ideas about loving Beck. You would have been a fantastic boyfriend in different circumstances. I can see that you had a lot to give. You just need someone worthy. Beck was not.
I was late reading YOU, Joe. Shame on me. But good things come to those who wait, don’t they? You weren’t just good, you were outstanding. You were worth the hours, minutes, and seconds I waited. I hope anyone else who has waited will pick YOU up, slide YOU open, devour your words, and love you as much I did. I want that for you, Joe. Because unlike Beck, I see your potential. You are unique, outside the “norm,” and I can’t wait to see what you’re up to in Hidden Bodies.