A deeply disturbing debut novel, YOU,
by Caroline Kepnes,
a chilling account of the mind of a stalker, an obsessed plan using codes, pop references, social media, emails, texts, movies, books, and other tools to intensify the suspense.Guinevere Beck, (Beck) an inspiring writer
, and student-becomes the focus of East Village bookstore employee, Joe’s obsession, bonding them over books, literature, and music. Joe’s mind is completely wacko and creepy,
thinking Beck is all about him and begins his plot of control. He hacks into her email account and stalks her on Twitter (I listened to the audiobook, and if I heard hashtag one more time, I thought I may throw my ipod out the window).
Every text has a hidden meaning. He builds up this obsession with Beck, which cannot live up to his expectations. He thinks he is keeping her safe from the dangers in her life (Peach, and Benji, and Dr. Nicky). He has to get these people out of her way to move into her world to be the top focus. When he is the dangerous one. Astonishingly enough, his fixation materializes
into a relationship of sorts, in a non-traditional crazy way. Joe feels threatened by those more fortunate than he, who is well-read but never attended college, has a chip on his shoulder about his education and class status and the assumptions people make about him. He dislikes Benji, Beck’s ex-boyfriend because he has money and education, but not a reader. When this wacko couple finally get together, it goes even further downhill.Even though this book
was long and drawn out and nerve racking, can see the appeal to the YA market, and younger generation with its use of social media, craigslist, etc. to demonstrate the lengths and madness of crazies out there. Fans of psychological horro
r will most likely enjoy and appreciate Kepnes detailed and shocking account, written in second person. Not really for me, as did not like any of the characters; however, giving a 3 for her writing. Reminds me a little of The Book of You, another stalker novel, keeping you reading to learn the fate of these troubled minds.