My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh. My. Gawd.
This is one of the most messed up, creepy, make-your-skin-crawl books I’ve ever read. The entire book is written in the second person. For all my grammar-challenged friends out there, that means the narrator used the word “you” a lot; hence, the title. When Joe sees Beck in the bookstore, he is smitten. She is perfect and he must find his way into her world. Even if it means obsessively stalking her in the process. The whole story is told from the perspective of Joe as he follows Beck, referring to her commonly as “you.”
Just to give you an idea of the creepiness of this effect, here are a few quotes from the book:
“You are a woman and I am a man and we belong in the dark together.”
“Your lips were made for mine, Beck. You are the reason I have a mouth, a heart.”
“If you knew what I went through to get into your home, that I messed up my back trying to know you, inside and out, you’d judge me for it.”
Caroline Kepnes is a masterful storyteller and knocked my socks off with her commitment to the main character. He was so disturbed, angry, and unhinged and in such a believable way.
I also can’t understate the raunchiness of this book enough. Definitely R-rated with the language and context. It was tense, dirty, and inappropriate. In fact, on several occasions while driving I had to roll up my windows so passersby would not hear and think I was a weirdo.
As bizarre as the book is, it was something completely unique and I loved it. Santino Fontana was the perfect narrator and embodied the nature of a delusional stalker to a tee. Would highly recommend. But, beware, it is not for the faint of heart.
Now on to Hidden Bodies, the sequel to You, which I downloaded immediately after finishing this book.