You

Finished You by Caroline Kepnes.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Love hurts…

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.

Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .

A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.”

I’m not entirely sure what to say about this book.  It’s interesting and creepy and just unusual in the best way.  You should also know that it’s written in the second person (Joe addresses Beck continually in his narration), which was jarring at first but ended up working very well.

This isn’t really a romantic thriller, but it’s important to know that there is something really, really wrong with Joe.  He’s a stalker at best, and he just has no idea how to be in a normal relationship.  He seems to consider every relationship he’s in as a love story for the ages, and obviously that’s not true for every relationship ever.

The synopsis says that it’s a “perversely romantic thriller” and that’s true.  There aren’t many romantic moments but there are some, and then it would become a very interesting moment for me as the reader, because obviously I know much more about Joe than Beck does, and so obviously I know that it’s not actually romantic.  It’s not kismet that they have so much in common or that he miraculously knows what she wants; it’s the fact that he is watching her and reading her emails and texts.

This is a very unsettling book, but it’s so, so good.  Highly recommended.

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