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2014
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Characters
Joel Goldberg (Male), Bookstore clerk, Sociopath, Becomes obsessed with a woman who comes into his bookstore; his love grows from voyeurism to stalking to determined to become her boyfriend
Guinevere "Beck" Beck (Female), Graduate student, Naive, Narcissistic, Lives in school-sponsored housing while pursuing a writing program; walked into the bookstore where Joel works and unknowingly invites him into her life
Genre
Fiction
Thriller
Psychological
Suspense
Romance
Topics
Obsessive love
Stalkers
Social media
Manipulation
Sociopaths
Voyeurism
Love affairs
Jealousy
Narcissism
Desire
Setting
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

With this debut novel, Kepnes becomes one of the best writers of obsessed, creepily self-absorbed, narcissistic stalker characters. Her protagonist, Joe Goldberg, appears initially as an attractive bookstore manager but slowly reveals his obsession with smart, sexy aspiring writer Guinevere Beck. Kepnes's writing has the push-pull of the repulsive and chilling personae in a compelling and relentless narrative. Much as listeners might cringe at some of the twists and turns, it's nearly impossible to stop. Santino Fontana's narration inhabits to perfection the disturbing character of Joe. VERDICT Recommended for thriller collections. ["Kepnes certainly has the creepy factor down in her debut novel, taking readers deep into Joe's thoughts and feelings, to extremely suspenseful effect," read the review of the Emily Bestler: Atria hc, LJ 8/14.]-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Debut novelist Kepnes's seriously unsettling depiction of stalking nevertheless manages to invoke glimmers of sympathy for its perpetrator. Joe is working as a clerk at a bookstore on New York City's Lower East Side when M.F.A. writing student Guinevere Beck (known as Beck) saunters in. Joe knows immediately that they're meant to be together. What follows is a chronicle of Joe's psychotic preoccupation with Beck, told in Joe's relentless, alternately passionate and vitriolic narration and addressed to Beck as "you." Astonishingly enough, his fixation materializes into a relationship of sorts. Joe, who is well-read but never attended college, has a chip on his shoulder about his education and class status and the assumptions people make about him. Beck, for her part, prefers to stir up dramas rather than seriously work on her writing. What's most chilling about this novel, besides its plausibility, is the way in which Kepnes makes the reader empathize with Joe during the journey into his troubled mind. Her book will have readers looking over their shoulders-and examining their own motivations. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Claudia Ballard, WME Entertainment. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
*Soon to be a Lifetime drama series* <br> <br> " Hypnotic and scary." --Stephen King <br> <br> "I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED, you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious." --Lena Dunham <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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 .
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