You by Caroline Kepnes is about an aspiring writer Guinevere Beck stumbles into a bookstore and meets Joe. This was a pick up because I had watched the Netflix show and wanted to read it along with the second book so I didn’t have to wait for the second season.
I’ll start off by saying You isn’t going to be for everyone and a couple of times, I just sat there reading it wondering why I was reading this story. You is written in first person which I like but I found that it was a little weird because its written to Beck not you as the reader and that took some time to get used to. After that the book which seemed ok started to get darker and darker. This story will seriously make you think twice about your use of social media and what you post on the internet.
Something that I have always found hard, is reading a story you already know the ending to, as in if you’ve seen it on TV I generally struggle reading the book a prime example was Game of Thrones for me. This, however, was a book I was glad that I did because the story is the same but told completely differently. To show the human side of Joe for example in the Netflix Series you see characters that aren’t in the books the way that he socialises with neighbours whereas in the book they don’t appear. You see him humanised in the way he justifies what he is doing, what his thought process is and however wrong his action are you can half see why he thinks its right.
I gave You a rating of 3/5 because I did enjoy the story and was strangely addicted to it, still, it left me wondering why I was reading it as well. It’s well written and it was really interesting stepping completely into Joe’s mind. However, I can’t quite decide whether I was better off watching the TV Show first or not. The two forms definitely complement each other because they are told so differently while still being from the person’s viewpoint. I think this book is definitely going to be a Marmite thing either you love it or you hate it. So for that reason, I gave it a 3/5 and would have reservations in recommending it to people, because you need to be of a certain mindset for it I would say. Will I be reading the second book in the series Hidden Bodies? Hell Yeah. As the ending of the TV Series did seem different to the You the book and I always want to finish a series that I’ve started.