You by Caroline Kepnes
With such an unimaginative title and a forgettable cover, this novel turned out to be much more interesting than I imagined. At first I was unsure how to categorize it - romance? Perhaps it could be - if you consider Nabakov's Lolita to be a romance. No, in my opinion, You is a thriller. Joe is a bookseller is a small, unique bookstore, reasonably handsome, glib and charming. Beck is a girl who walks into his shop to buy a book and takes a few moments to flirt with Joe. From this beginning, Joe is smitten and begins to insert himself into her life. Joe is more of a stalker than a love interest, but it's hard to remember this when Joe talks to us so intimately. You see, Joe loves books, and as I am a reader, I started to love Joe by association because of quotes like this one... “The problem with books is that they end. They seduce you. They spread their legs to you and pull you inside. And you go deep and leave your possessions and your ties to the world at the door and you like it inside and you don't want for your possessions or your ties and then, the book evaporates.
Joe loves to talk in an intimate conversational tone to Beck, whether she is there or not. On occasion, he switches to second person narrative, which gives a omniscient stalker vibe to the story, but mainly he uses first person narrative to talks intimately to the reader, frankly and adorably sharing his charm, poignant memories of family and witticisms.
He also is very intelligent and muses over thoughts like these... “The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.” So we start feeling comfortable with Joe, but then suddenly we realize he has just done something super creepy and is talking about it like it's just a matter of course.
I feel most women who enjoy books about relationships and/or thrillers would enjoy this book
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