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review 2017-03-10 18:40
I've got goosebumps!
You - Caroline Kepnes

You - Caroline Kepnes 


This book was creepy!  So creepy!!!  I couldn't put it down though. It was fascinating to be in the mind of someone so screwed up (I really want to say another word but I'll keep things PG).


Joe Goldberg's mind was so screwed up it was amazing the way he was able to twist things to satisfy his psyche.  Such interesting stuff.  I found this enthralling the way I did Dexter when he graced my TV (I haven't read the books...yet).


Anyway, I don't know what happened but while I never liked Joe, I did kinda want to root for him at some points because I really wasn't a fan of Beck.  She was spoiled and self-centered and really just wanted everyone to be gaga over her.


I thought the writing was brilliant, but what really REALLY made this book for me was the narrator, Santino Fantana.  I've never listened to him before but seriously, he was amazing.  The way he interpreted this character was so spot on, I would never have been able to do it justice in my head.  It was an amazing performance. I will definitely try to find more of his narrations in the future.

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review 2016-12-08 07:57
You. Not for Me.
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes

Have given up on this one at approximately the halfway mark. It just is not doing anything for me. Sometimes it happens that way. Too disjointed and not going anywhere I feel like following because I'm not particularly bothered what happens to Beck who is shallow and uninteresting.


Writing is good and Joe's voice is sort of interesting. Sadly I'm a little bored by the plot though and just can't be bothered. Lots of love for this one out there though so if it sounds like your sort of thing give it a go! As I said nothing wrong with the writing quality.

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review 2016-12-03 18:13
Review: You by Caroline Kepnes
You - Caroline Kepnes

I'm rather late to the party with this one. I've been putting off reading it for a long time because of all the hype surrounding it. I try to avoid books that everyone raves about as I find that the bar gets set so high that I usually end up rather disappointed in the end, but I have finally bitten the bullet and decided it was time to give it a read.


Was I disappointed? I would have to say yes, and no. I'm honestly not sure how to describe my feelings for this one. The writing style really drew me into the story. The way the author pulled me into the complex and twisted mind of Joe, who was obviously off his trolley, but still managed to make him relatable, and dare I say it likeable, was extremely well done. Being inside Joe's head was disturbing and creepy, yet I found myself liking him despite his actions.


I found Joe to be a very believable character for the most part, however I struggled with the reality of his actions at times. I can understand how many of the smaller things didn't draw attention or suspicion, but the way he managed to get away with some of the more serious events without setting off any alarm bells just didn't sit right with me. I would have liked to have seen him questioned in regards to some of the more serious events that he carried out. Not necessarily changing the storyline, but just to add another layer of interest and tension. It would have been really interesting to see how he would cope with the suspicion and how he would continue without drawing more attention to himself, but at the same time have the story continue along the same path that it did.


I did enjoy it and I would recommend it, but I do feel that it was drawn out and slow paced in places.



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review 2016-10-06 00:00
You: A Novel
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes I've heard of this book a lot so I finally broke down and read it. I admit I was expecting it to me more horrific and mysterious from some of the reactions. I actually chuckled at some of the things going through Joe's mind. That's what this story really was, a tale from inside Joe's head. It was a pretty interesting place to be. No, I wouldn't want a real person like this in my life, but as far as characters go, he's pretty fascinating. He kind of won me over.
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review 2016-08-22 18:41
Hidden Bodies
Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes

Oh, I love a sick, twisted guy and Joe definitely fits the bill. In this second book in the series, Joe has fallen for Amy as Amy is the girl of his dreams; she is everything he has ever wanted. She played the part well, she had him were she wanted him, he was like butter and she was molding him. They were too much alike, he should have seen this as a warning sign but Joe was in love. Now it’s back to reality, back to their normal lives and Amy makes her move, she skips town with items from his store and reality slaps Joe in the face.   She leaves a note, sorry? Who will be sorry one when Joe brings her down for he’s on a mission, and people die when they get in Joe’s way. It’s about murder, revenge and sex, did I mention there is an abundance of sex occurring in this novel. Joe likes attractive woman and with his numerous desires and uncontrollable thoughts, Joe never misses an opportunity to act. He stalks, he plays his part and he tries to find someone to keep him entertained.   Joe is a thinker; he tries to think ahead of any possible scenario.   People should learn to leave Joe alone, they should know that Joe likes to be in command and that he doesn’t like to be messed with but sometimes people don’t know this until it’s too late. This novel is just as intense as the first one in the series and I suggest you read the first novel before you read this one as there are references to some of the characters in the first novel in this one. It’s a twisted, thrilling novel that I’m sure many individuals will be glad that they picked up.

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