Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Sometimes we get introduced to works of fiction through the screen before the page, and so I’m writing this review thanks to Netflix. I had already watched the first season of You and I loved it, so I ventured into listening to the audiobook for the book, and let me tell you: it was something.

There are obvious differences between the book and the series, but I'm not really going to get into those deeply to avoid spoiler.s

Continue reading to find out more about the book, and my experience with it.


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.


I was driven to read You by the feelings evoked by the series. Netflix did a great job adapting the screen into a binge worthy show, with outstanding cast, and changes that included romance and an inevitably charming Joe.

The narrator for the audiobook, Santino Fontana, was perfect–I swear at moments I thought it was Penn Badgley himself. Book Joe, on the other hand, was definitely not as charming as portrayed in the Netflix series. The show was all smoke and mirrors, made possible by developing the romance, and of course, the cast choice itself for Joe, Beck and all the other side characters.

There was an unshakeable darkness that companied me as the story progressed in the audiobook. I was waiting for the romance that simply wasn't there at all in the book. It does make you want to know what happens next because if you watched the series as I did, you'd notice that even though some things are the same, their essence is totally different, so it feels entirely new.

The ending is the same: tragic. But the events that lead to the end for You leave you creeped out and feeling definitely like you need to be looking over your shoulder.

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Here is all the info for You:

Book Aesthetic

Reading Challenge No.: 25/100

Author: Caroline Kepnes - Website

| Instagram | Goodreads

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Format: Audiobook

Length: 11h 5m

POV: #FirstPersonPOV

Genre: #Crime #Mystery #Suspence #Thriller

Series or Standalone? #FirstInSeries - You # 1

First Sentence:

"You walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn't slam."

Thank you for reading my review for You by Caroline Kepnes. Next, I'm sharing my thoughts for Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo.

You can like my Facebook page, Two Arts in a World, for more content, and follow me on Instagram.

Keep on reading.

Love, Lourdes

7 views0 comments

Follow me on Instagram - Art

@lou.m.writes - Books & Writing

  • RSS Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon
Live ◊ Love ◊ Create ◊ Inspire

© 2023 by Lourdes Montes. Proudly created with