Book Review – YOU

By Caroline Kepnis

Simon & Schuster
Rating: ****


When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten.

But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…


I have heard so much hype about YOU but mainly from the Netflix show and not the book. I wanted to try the book before I watched the series as I normally forget there are books based on TV Shows and Films, prime example, Bird Box.

I knew the premise of the book as my sister was explaining the TV show to me. What I liked about this book was that the whole perspective is Joe’s thoughts, you never know what Bec is thinking not often with this kind of genre do you get to read the inner workings of the man’s voice not the female “victim”

The story is that Joe becomes infatuated with Bec the moment he meets her as a customer in his bookshop. The story follows him stalker her, he has her lost phone so checks all her emails and messages, he turns up to places just to watch her the generic stalker stuff. However this book delves deeper, you find out as a reader alongside Joe who Bec really is. What she lies about, how she acts around certain friends. She isn’t who you first think. Bec takes a while to warm to Joe but I don’t know why, he is charming, good looking, works in a book store, has a good sense of humour is caring and kind so who wouldn’t fall into his trap?! I know I probably would of and probably a lot quicker than Bec did!

The book had me on the edge of my seat throughout, as much as Joe was a stalker you never wanted him to get caught or hurt. Even though it was unsettling how Joe was so obsessive and manipulative I still liked him which made me feel almost uncomfortable even though what he was doing was so twisted. I never really felt that sorry for Bec, especially when she hurts Joe at the end of the book (I won’t spoil it) and Joe finds out I am actually devastated for him! Which is just odd because I know what he is doing is so much worse.

This book made me realise how visible we are on the internet. Joe gets access to Bec’s lost phone and can see everything but even before that he stalks her on social media and finds out so much about her an her life, her friends, her likes and dislikes. It made me realise how the world makes it easy for people like Joe to gain access to anyone’s information easily.

I really enjoyed YOU, I am not a massive fan of thrillers but this one had me gripped from start to finish. I thought it was unique and unravelled really well, was clever and exciting! I can now sit down and watch the Netflix show to compare!

Have you read or watched YOU? What were your thoughts? Do you love or hate Joe? Let me know I would love to chat. Katie x

6 thoughts on “Book Review – YOU

  1. Jodi Fisher says:

    Great review!

    I read the book over the summer in anticipation of the TV Series when it was still on Lifetime. It was by far the best thriller I’ve ever read. The TV Show was seriously perfectly done. There are changes and you’ll see what I mean when you watch the series, don’t won’t to say any spoilers, LoL. I also read the sequel after the first book. The sequel was crazy and twisted once again, but also a great thriller once again too. The show is so good, enjoy!

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    • brunchingbookworms says:

      Thank you, it’s so good isnt it. Well my sister has watched the TV show and told me a few comparisons and differences but I still want to watch it for myself to see how it has been created. Oh its the second one that good? I did start to read it as there was a couple of preview chapters after YOU but I was like hmmm probably won’t be as good, if you think its just as good I may buy it then 😊

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      • Jodi Fisher says:

        The sequel is definitely worth a read. Both books were really good. Of course if I had to choose YOU was probably my favorite out of the two. I was just happy the story got to continue. I’m hoping with the success of the TV Series that there is a chance there might be a third book in the series at some point. Here’s hoping!

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      • brunchingbookworms says:

        Oh okay I may give it another go then, I just assumed he did a very similar thing again to a different girl but I did enjoy YOU a lot so will try it. Yeah I think if she is making money from the books plus Netflix then I bet there will definitely be more to come!

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      • Jodi Fisher says:

        A third book would be so awesome! They actually have started casting for Season 2 already. The actress who played Nell on Netflix The Haunting of Hill House is playing a major part on Season 2. She’s playing the part of Love.

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