Joe is a disgruntled guy in his mid-20s, working at a bookstore in Brooklyn. One day Beck, a young aspiring writer, walks in and Joe is instantly taken. Her taste in books impresses him when she buys a book by one of his favorite authors, Paula Fox. The author, Kepnes, blends fiction and reality well by often referencing real books and authors throughout 'You.' Stephen King, in particular, gets a good amount of airtime when 'Doctor Sleep' is released during Joe's workday and fans come pouring in. Joe is angered by the fact that most of the people buying the new release have never even read 'The Shining' and are just pop culture sheep. These King references are particularly humorous and poignant when you realize that Stephen King himself reviewed 'You,' calling it "Hypnotic and scary...totally original." It is unique in that we are rarely privy to the obsessive stalker's inner thoughts and feelings. You find yourself rooting for Joe as his inner monolog wins you over and lets you appreciate his point of view, disturbed as it is. 'You' is as addictive as it is unpredictable, a true psychological thriller.
NOW A HIT NETFLIX SERIES "Hypnotic and scary." --Stephen King "I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED, you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious." --Lena Dunham From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine's Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age. 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. A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that's being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King's Misery.