You by Caroline Kepnes

When Stephen King, “The King of Horror” says a book is Hypnotic and scary.” You know you’re in for a good time.

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. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.

-Description from Simon & Schuster website

Okay guys this book messed me up, and when I say it messed me up, it really MESSED. ME. UP. So naturally I want everyone to read this book so we can all talk about it in therapy together.

The entire book is written from the point of view of this crazy obsessive serial killer named Joe. And you know that he is the bad guy starting on page one. So no big deal right? WRONG, so very, very wrong! Even though you know straight up that you are reading the book from the point of view of the bad guy there are still times when you’re laughing about what he said because he’s kind of a funny guy, and then he does something romantic and you think “aww that was nice,” and you even find yourself feeling bad for him when he gets blown off again by Beck, the girl he likes. But then you remember that this man has intimate pictures of Beck (she has no idea that he has these). He also regularly steals her clothes and takes a particular liking to her under garments. And he keeps a weird kind of shrine to her in a hole in the wall of his living room. None of the romantic events are really romantic, and he only knows he is being blown off because he has HACKED THIS GIRLS EMAIL, AND STALKS HER ONLINE.

**brb changing all of my passwords**

THEN IT REALLY HITS YOU THAT HE IS A CREEP AND A KILLER AND YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT FEEL BAD FOR HIM, AND YOU SHOULD NOT FIND HIM FUNNY, AND YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT LIKE HIM. But this book is so well written that you can’t help but to like him because he can be kind of a cool guy sometimes. So you try to look over the fact that he kills people, because you genuinely want to like him and see the best in people. And then he goes and kills someone else!

Like really guy? I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU!

This book makes me feel crazy because I feel bad for the bad guy even though he is a murderer. (This is reason #1 why I will need therapy after reading this book.)

Also this book has made me supremely paranoid because Joe seems so casual and normal to all of the people that he interacts with. The people that he works with, and even his friends have no idea that he has killed more than a handful of people. Honestly, people don’t even know that he is a murderer until he is killing them. So now anytime I see someone who I think looks like they are nice and well adjusted, I remember this book and instantly wonder how many bodies they currently have stored in their freezer. (Reason #2 why I need intensive therapy after reading this book.)

Real talk though, This has to be one of the best creepy, thriller, horror books I have ever read. This is something that could actually happen, and that makes it even scarier. I loved this book and could not put it down. I really liked how it was written from Joe’s point of view, and we could see his thought process and how he was rationalizing everything. I think it being written from this point of view also adds to the creep factor, because the reader sees Joe’s motive and they can understand why he did what he did. We like to think that murderers are crazy, awful, inhuman monsters and they are just awful people. But this book takes you into the mind and life of one and you can see that while yes, they are obviously doing awful things, they are not these scary monsters 100% of the time. This book blurs a lot of lines, makes me feel all kinds of uncomfortable, and I love it.

The cover of this book is simple and does not give a lot away on what they story will be like. You can kind of tell that it is going to be creepy because it kind of looks like blood, but that is all. This is truly a book that you will have to pick up to see what it is like.

When it comes to rating I will give this book a 5 for quality and a 4 for popularity. Giving this book a total score of 9 out of 10 from this blogger. This book is really uniquely written and makes you look at the world around you and the people in it differently. I absolutely love when a book can do that.

 

Kepnes, Caroline. You: A Novel. New York: Emily Bestler, 2014. Print.

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The Pennwood Haunting by S.K. Zurcher

This is a book that grabs a hold of you on page one and doesn’t let go until the very end. I read this book in two days. Honestly it would have been one, but it got dark out, everyone in my house went to bed, and I got scared. I am a lover of all things ghost and haunting related, and this book had its moments where I was legitimately creeped out. So to be safe and to make sure that the monster under the bed didn’t get to me I called it a night and finished the book before dark the next day. NOW don’t think that this book may be too scary for you, honestly I am just a wimp sometimes.

The Pennwood Haunting is the story of  first year grad student Shelly. Shelly has always been a good student and she has worked her butt off to to get into the best Psychology program in the U.S.. Which just happens to be located at Pennwood University, but she, like most other graduate students does not have bottomless pockets. Because of her lack of extra cash she has secured a graduate assistantship and now all she needs is to find low-cost housing. When she finds 1020 Sycamore Lane she believes that she has hit the jackpot, however things would soon change. Strange sounds can be heard throughout the night, and she thinks she is seeing things, so she decides to get some help. She enlists the help of her boss at the university Larry, who just so happens to be a top parapsychologist. Things slowly start to get worse and people start to get hurt. Everyone soon realizes that this is no normal haunting, Shelly and Larry enlist the help of other professionals, they all soon realize that this needs to be resolved quickly before someone is killed.

I loved every minuted of this book. I really appreciate how well written this book is and how much detail is included in the text. Zurcher used detailed descriptions to really paint a picture for the reader that allowed them to easily envision what was happening in the story. As stated before this book grabbed my attention on the first page and didn’t let go until the very last. The cover of the book is spooky and eye-catching, it really makes the reader curious as to what the book will be about, and it encourages them to pick it up and give it a shot.

The only complaint that I have about the book is the age level listed for this book. Amazon.com has it listed for children ages 10-18, or grades 5-12. Personally I think this book is grossly inappropriate for children, I would personally only recommend this book for readers ages 14 and up, and even then it would be with caution. This book uses vocabulary that would easily confuse the younger children, but that is not the only concern. This book does have scenes with decent amounts of violence and there is a sex scene or two (these are not terribly graphic, but they are present). Also this book can get pretty spooky at times. For these reasons I would I would only really recommend this book for teens in high school and adults.

As for rating I give this book a 4 for quality, and a 2 for popularity. This book was only published a few months ago in January of 2016, but with the quality of writing I believe that this book has a lot of potential to become very popular. Overall I have to give this book a total score of 6 out of 10. Don’t let the lower score deter you from reading this book though, I really did enjoy it, and I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

Zurcher, S.K. The Pennwood Haunting. CreateSpace Independent Platform. Electronic. 449 pages.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Okay so I’m going to level with you here, this book destroyed me. I read this book in one day, I absolutely could not put it down. In fact I’m going to add a picture of what I looked like upon finishing this heart-wrenching piece of literature. You’re welcome. IMG_2260

Now that I am done being dramatic I will get into the important stuff.

Louisa Clark is a woman in her mid 20’s living a mostly comfortable life. She works at a local coffee shop and lives at home with her granddad, mom, dad, younger sister and her sister’s son. Things are mostly comfortable for Lou, until the coffee shop where she works closes and she is soon out of work. This puts a strain on her family and how they can make ends meet. So Lou does the only thing she knows to do, she goes to the local employment office to try and find a job, and after a string of truly awful jobs, and recommendations to become an exotic dancer she interviews for the position of caregiver to a man named Will Traynor. She accepts the position, but she had no idea the impact that this man, and job would have on her life. In the beginning Will and Lou barely tolerate one another, but as time goes on they slowly begin to enjoy being around each other. One day Will’s sister comes to visit and this visit will turn Lou’s entire life upside down. She learns that Will is planning on going to Switzerland at the end of 6 months to end his life. She tries to quit, but her family really needs the money, and she does really enjoy being around Will. So instead of quitting she decides that she will try her hardest to change his mind about ending his life. With 4 months left until Will takes that trip to Switzerland Lou begins planning trips with Will, this is rocky at fist, but as time passes both Will and Lou really begin enjoying themselves. He encourages her to being branching out and seeing the world, he even tries to talk her into going to college. Things are looking really good for them, however will this be enough for Will to change his mind?

This book is wonderfully written and it honestly does take the reader on a journey they will not likely forget anytime soon. There is a profound moral to this story that will have a profound effect on the readers. The book does not have a predictable ending, at least not to this reader. Jojo Moyes took care to make sure that the characters in the book were realistic and easily relatable. The cover of this book is simple and does not give the reader a clue as to what the story will be about, this will encourage them to pick the book up and give it a shot.
I would give this book a 4 out of 5 for quality, and a 5 out of 5 for popularity. Meaning that this book receives an overall 9 out of 10 from me.There has been a lot of movie buzz for this book and that has made this book the talk of the town.
This is a book that yes, will make you cry. But also it will make you laugh out loud, or at least you will end up smirking to yourself like a crazy person. If you have considered picking this book up, I recommend that you do. I honestly loved every minute of reading this book and I highly recommend it. I doubt that there is any way that you will read this book and finish it without being affected.
Moyes, Jojo. Me before You. New York, NY: Pamela Dorman /Viking, 2012. Print.
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