Hello everyone! March is really flying by, before we know it it will be April! I cannot believe how quickly this year has been flying by! I am definitely not where I want to be in my reading, but between taking care of our sweet boy, myself, our dog, and our home my quiet time is few and far between. It also doesn’t help that my TBR is quite a few large books! Things are starting to look up as our soon continues to grow and mature the times that I do get are starting to get a little longer. Hopefully this will lead to an upswing in reading!
One of the books that I have recently finished reading is You by Caroline Kepnes. As always you can read a brief description HERE.
This book. Oh this book. I really loved this book. It totally freaked me out, but I still loved it. This story is told from the viewpoint of Joe who is obsessed/ in love with this girl he met by chance. He works his way into every aspect of her life through various different means from following her social media to much more violent actions. It has a unique version of writing where you are directly in the mind of the main character. He refers to his love interest as “you”, but there is still also a hint of a differing viewpoint. It allows the reader to be swept up into the story, but still manage to have enough of a distance to realize what is going on in a different light. The reader is also treated to Joe’s constant inner monologue about the people and situations he goes through everyday. He can have an almost cynical ironic outlook on the world and having his quips about different problems makes it an enjoyable easy read. I found myself struggling with liking the main character, but also being horrified by his actions.
One of the things that I really liked about this book is that just about every single character in this book is flawed in some way and most of the flaws are major flaws. Each characters flaw marks a societal flaw, not just a personal flaw. I feel that this allows the story to take on a whole new take of a storyline that is all too common. It isn’t just creepy man crushes on attractive girl, but rather disturbed individual is attracted to an equally (however differently) disturbed individual. It allows the reader view the characters and story as a real life situation and not just a story. I truly fall into 90% of the books that I read, but this book took it to another level.
This book is a work of fiction and a fantastic story, but it also opened my eyes in a way. I already am well aware of how easy it is to find someone online and how easy it is to track and find out private or sensitive information online about people, but this just took everything to a whole new level. Please note, I do not live in a state of constant fear or paranoia, but this did serve as a subtle reminder to be aware of what I put out there. This book wrapped up a good safety message in an amazing story (although I am not sure if that is necessarily what the author intended).
I enjoyed and liked this book in so many different ways.This is a wonderful story and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is into thrillers or anything dealing with psychology. On the whole I give this story a 4.5 stars! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?