Joe is a disgruntled guy in his mid-20s, working at a bookstore in Brooklyn. One day Beck, a young aspiring writer, walks in and Joe is instantly taken. Her taste in books impresses him when she buys a book by one of his favorite authors, Paula Fox. The author, Kepnes, blends fiction and reality well by often referencing real books and authors throughout 'You.' Stephen King, in particular, gets a good amount of airtime when 'Doctor Sleep' is released during Joe's workday and fans come pouring in. Joe is angered by the fact that most of the people buying the new release have never even read 'The Shining' and are just pop culture sheep. These King references are particularly humorous and poignant when you realize that Stephen King himself reviewed 'You,' calling it "Hypnotic and scary...totally original." It is unique in that we are rarely privy to the obsessive stalker's inner thoughts and feelings. You find yourself rooting for Joe as his inner monolog wins you over and lets you appreciate his point of view, disturbed as it is. 'You' is as addictive as it is unpredictable, a true psychological thriller.
"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 facade. 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"--