THIS REVIEW DOESN’T CONTAIN ANY SPOILERS. (At least I hope so.)
A year ago I read this book which was called TY, which means YOU in czech. And I loved it so much that I had to buy an english version (which is the original one). And a few months ago I finally bought myself the second book, so now I can write about both of them.
YOU (Caroline Kepnes)
Price: 7.99 £
First published: 2014
The first thing that really surprised me when I opened the book was the fact that the author hadn’t written it in the third person. Nor in the first one. I mean, if you continue reading, you discover that the first person is there as well, but the first sentence is: “YOU walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam.”
The most fantastic and also the scariest thing about this book is that the main hero, Joe Goldberg, is adressing most of his thoughts to YOU. Or more specifically to this girl called Beck who he’s in love with. But the thing is that whilst reading a few dozens of pages (until you become used to it) you feel like YOU ARE the girl that he’s talking to. YOU ARE Beck. And the scariest part is that Joe is a psychotic stalker. And he’s stalking you. That’s not nice, is it? Frankly, I felt very anxious when I started reading it. I didn’t like the feeling that someone was stalking me, watching me, talking to me. But then I got used to it and I absolutely loved it (I hope it doesn’t sound TOO weird).
Briefly, Joe falls in love with Beck and he gets to know her and lots of things happen between them. I know this is VERY brief but I just don’t really like giving away too much information.
The language Kepnes uses is not too difficult (I’m saying this mainly because of non-english speakers) but it’s not that simple as well. There are also many references to modern literature and modern media. I must admit that I often didn’t really get the references but I think that’s my fault. I’m kind of behind when it comes to these things. Because of the fact that the book is very new, there’s lots of twitter and other social networks. I personally didn’t mind it, tweets etc. are simply a part of the 21st century.
I just really like her style of writing. I believed every word. Joe and Beck were so real and the relationship between them was very dynamic and it had its power and the whole book was so psycho and there’s lots of sex as well (so much better than Fifty shades of Gray… but that’s almost everything) and I just couldn’t stop reading. The book is full of emotions, the ending is great. I would love to criticize something about this book as well because everything can’t be perfect, but I really enjoyed all of it. Now let’s move on to the second book!
HIDDEN BODIES (Caroline Kepnes)
Price: 7.99 £
First published: 2016
I was really excited to read the second book because as you already know, I absolutely loved the first one. First of all, I wasn’t disappointed, even though it may seem like it from my ranking. I actually didn’t expect this book to be better. I don’t know why but it seems to me that the second books are always worse than the first ones. Is it just me or does anyone else feel like this? Let me know. Because I genuinely think that second books are cursed.
Anyway, the style of writing is still great, Joe is still great (oh my god, he’s like the only psycho character that I’ve ever loved this much) but the problem is that the plot is not as gripping anymore. I mean, it’s definitely worth reading, but I was kind of bored while reading some parts. I really liked the beggining and I really liked the end but some parts in the middle could be shorter. Also, the new characters don’t seem to be as complex as the old ones. But that’s maybe just some weird feeling. The end is definitely interesting. And I really can’t wait to see how this story continues.
I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS. It’s one of the best series I’ve read in last few years.