Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on September 30th 2014
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.
You is a book that I have seen a lot on Twitter, IG and booktube. I will say the blurb intrigued me but also made me skeptical. Thrillers aren’t really my thing but I had heard from people I had trusted that it was a good book. I browsed the library and saw they had the audiobook and I immediately requested it. Let me tell you, I requested You in March and didn’t get my hold until November so yeah; I waited A REALLY LONG TIME FOR THIS BOOK.
The premise of You is creepy but I also felt like it was real. It really makes you look over your shoulder and jump at every noise (I did both). It also brings to light just how easy it is for someone to stalk you. We live in a time where we post online our every move, every location and everything in between. It makes it really easy for someone to keep track of you.
The story is told by Joe and being inside his head really messes with your head. I honestly had to take breaks and read something happy because his head was just a little too much for me.
The writing was really good and it kept me on my toes. The story was constructed slowly but beautifully, I mean there really isn’t anything beautiful about this story but the writing is beautiful.
Despite the fact that I didn’t like either character, I still enjoyed the story. It was hard to like Bek from Joe’s perspective. If I had gotten some of the story based on her perspective, I might have liked her better.
The Narrator: Santino Fontana
Santino was an amazing narrator. His voice was so creepy but also intriguing. His voice would literally send shivers up my spine. I personally think he was the perfect Joe. I would absolutely listen to another book narrated by him. I would say he is probably one of the best narrators; I have listened to so far.
I didn’t realize You was the beginning of a series but I am curious enough to say that I will more than likely continue the series. You was creepy and definitely lived up to the hype.