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Book Review – You

Title: You [You 1]

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Genre: Thriller, Contemporary

Length: 424

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 1, 2

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Description/Synopsis:

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.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book creeped me the hell out. I mean this in a good way, but the combination of the writing style, unique character perspective, and the great voice acting in the audiobook left me feeling creeped out pretty much the entire way through the book.

And I will never again underestimate the power of anticipation. There is no better boost in the present than an invitation into the future.

In You, we are gievn the perspective of a sociopathic stalker. You follow his actions as he follows and obsesses over a girl that came into his bookstore one day. I think the most confronting part for me about getting things from this perspective was listening to his interpretation of his actions. He looked into them in a way that fed into his delusions but looking at the same things from my perspective or from the perspective of a sane girl of about the same age, I just kept wanting to scream at him.

“NO! YOU ARE A CRAZY PERSON! IN NO WAY DID I DO THAT FOR YOU! YOU ARE WRONG!”

I think the writing in this book was amazing.  I was hooked from the get go and it even made me a little paranoid. I thought it was pretty accurate as to how someone like this would think and behave. I would avoid listening to this book at night because it was just too unsettling.

Other than Joe and Beck, we don’t get very many characters that are really relevant to what is happening in the story. Beck is the main person that Joe is focused on, and he only cares about the other people around them as far as they were suiting his obsessions or if they were getting in his way. I can’t even say I liked any of the characters in the story. There are no golden people in this story. They are all human, and they are all flawed. None as flawed as Joe except for maybe Mr. Mooney who I think just strengthened a lot of Joe’s craziness. But I was so stressed about what was going to happen next, if any of the characters did anything actually good I worried about what Joe was going to do to them because of it.

SPOILER – There was one thing that bothered me about the overall story though. He seemed just a bit too lucky. With all the things he did over the course of the book, he didn’t get busted on anything. He even managed to put some of those things onto other people with seemingly little effort. I don’t know, it seemed to easy. Perhaps I have too much faith in the idea that the bad guys actually get caught. – END SPOILER

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.

I am eager to pick up the next book in this duology, but I will be giving myself some breathing space between the two because I just need to get away from the inner workings of Joe’s mind for awhile. If you like thrillers I think you will really enjoy this book. I haven’t read anything with this perspective angle before.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books If You Liked X

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Book Recommendations If You Liked This Other Form Of Entertainment

Oh this is hard! I really don’t know what to put, if I make it to 10, we are lucky. I will try and refrain from putting things that are directly linked liked adaptations.

2d24c060ada05473a59ae110.L1. If you liked the movie Gran Torino you would like the book True Crime by Andrew Klavan. Action!

 

 

 

97815951417432. If you liked the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series then I think you would enjoy the book series Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Vampire slayers, but one is one!

 

 

belgariad1-pawn-of-prophecy-front-cover3. If you liked the mini TV Series Merlin I think you should read the The Belgariad Series by David Eddings. Old and Magical.

 

 

 

The-Passage-24. If you liked the movie World War Z you should give The Passage by Justin Cronin a go. Zombies take over the world and its all our fault.

 

 

 

97807528816765. Though I havent actually watched this movie, I think if you enjoyed Wuthering Heights you would really enjoy the book The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Setting is similar and it also has its sorrows.

 

 

fallen-lauren-kate6. If you liked the Twilight Movie Series I think you would like the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate. Instead of vampires you get angels.

 

 

 

91JrUQ9WgOL._SL1500_7. I think If you liked the Lord of the Rings Movie Series you would really enjoy The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent. They both have epic adventures and characters, as well as mystical items.

 

 

A Spell For Chameleon8. If you liked the movie Legend I think you would like A Spell For Chameleon. They are a bit different, but they work with the theme of magic.

 

 

daughteroftheforest9. If you liked the old The Storyteller series I think you will really love The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. The story teller gave us stories that were out of this world and things of legend, and this book is one such story.

 

 

91bBMU9SYTL._SL1500_10. If you like True Blood, you should totally give Agent Of Hel Series by Jacqueline Carey a go. Far less sex, but its still just as awesome.

 

 

And there you have it. As always, if you would like to pick up a copy of any of the books mentioned just click on the covers picture and it will take you to it!

Till Next Time..

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Will Make You Cry

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Sorry I missed the post yesterday and this one is coming up late, but I have not been well! I will warn you now that there will be spoilers in this listing today because I will explain why the books got the placing they did. Anyway, todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

Mockingjay_novel1. Now I had serious issues placing the book that will hold the number one spot for books that made me sob the hardest, but upon serious thinking I had to give it to Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Katniss went through so much and her whole world got turned upside down because she wanted to save her sister, and in the end it was all for nothing because another person she loved ended up creating something that killed her. I had to have a shower when I finished this book to try and scrub the sadness from me.

cover_allegiant2. Second on the list of books that made me cry Im going to give to Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I think this is the first book I have read where the main character actually gets killed off. That end scene with Tris and her mother at the end was devastating, and the moment when her name stops getting put up the top with the beginning of a new chapter from her perspective because its no longer an option nearly killed me.

witching-hour3. This one may be an odd choice because I don’t actually remember much about the story because I read it like 8 or more years ago, but it left a huge impact on me. That book is The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. It was the first book I had ever read of hers and it was the last. I also think it was the first book that made me cry. I sobbed so hard that I was never able to pick up the rest of the series to get any conclusion to what happened in the first book.

1377087942onthejellicoeroadcover4. The fourth book on my list I think is going to have to be On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This one I think made me cry the first time I read it, and everytime after that I get on the brink of tears. This book to me is a very depressing book that fills me with love. I can’t say anything about this book really other than just go and read it.

 

97817425352035. I think on a different day I might have given this the 4th place, but I like this book less overall so it gets 5th. This book is The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I went in thinking one thing and had something else ripped out my footing in the most cry worthy way. I love you Augustus!

 

outsiders-176. This place I give to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I have read this book so many times that the tears no longer come, but it still brings all the emotions of the first couple of times that I read it. The things that happen are so sad, and the effects it has on the characters is much sadder.

 

9780316068048_custom-s6-c107. I wasn’t sure this book should go here, it no longer makes me cry but I like it much more than the rest and it still fills me with serious feelings. 7th place goes to The Host by Stephanie Meyer. The feelings that happen in this book, oh the feelings. It might have been ranked higher if it had of stayed with the sad ending.

 

9780140389661B8. Im giving this spot to a book by an author that has been mentioned already, That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E.Hinton.

 

 

 

cvr9781471105326_9781471105326_hr9. 9th place on the list goes to Pay It Forward. Though it has been awhile since I read it, I still remember crying. This child does something wonderful for the world and thusly he gets killed. I think I will pick this one up again sometime soon.

 

 

978028563749810. And last but not least I give 10th place to If I Should Die Before I Wake by Michelle Morris. Though some parts of it really really bugged me, I cant deny the feels that it gave me.

 

 

Well thats it for today, I shall see you guys in a couple of hours for my next post since this one was put up so late!

Till next time…