I seem to be saying this a lot lately, but when I read the synopsis for this story, I truly didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I submitted a request for the ARC through Netgalley only because of the author’s name.
I read Kepnes’s first novel, You, about 2 years ago and loved it. You is a thriller about a man stalking a woman that is told in the second-person from the stalker’s perspective. It’s the only story I’ve read at such a length in the second-person narrative and didn’t feel annoyed by it. And the protagonist, Joe, has stuck in my mind ever since. I think Kepnes has a talent for developing strong characters that will stay with the reader long after completing the story. In Providence, the character who has stuck with me is Eggs.
June 19, 2018
A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.
Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.
A couple weeks ago, I decided to give audio books a shot. Many readers find it a convenient way of reading in this busy world that we live in. With audio books, we can read while exercising, driving, and even working. We don’t have to carve out time to read, we can read as we go about our day.
For me, it was convenient but ineffective because I didn’t glean much from the stories other than having something to occupy my mind while doing repetitious tasks. The audio books I read were a middle-grade fantasy story, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and an adult thriller, You by Caroline Kepnes. Both were rereads. I’m a visual learner so I retain materials better when I see it, in this case, when I read the physical book. I easily forget things I hear so listening to an audio book doesn’t work for me. However, because of the praise audio books have received, I decided to give it a shot. Maybe I am mistaken in assuming that they won’t work for me, I thought.
I came across this book tag on Emily’s blog, Embuhlee liest. It looked fun so I decided to do it too since we’re at the middle of the year, kind of. This tag was created by ReadLikeWildFire (a booktuber) and Ely Jayne (a blogger). Let’s get to it.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.
You by Caroline Kepnes. I enjoyed this crazy story. It’s a thriller about a guy stalking a girl and is told in the second person. Awesome. Read it. And In Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black’mor and Carine-M. I love this book. It’s a graphic novel that documents the existence of dragons and its beautiful. You can check out my review to see a few pages.
Weekend Reads is a Goodreads group created by Nici, a booktuber over at LitPixie. Basically book lovers can record a video or write a blog post about what they plan to read on the weekend, and also answer a fun question.
The question for this weekend:
Tell us about your favorite book you’ve read this year.
That would be You by Caroline Kepnes. OMG, this book blew my mind. It was great and I love how all its components worked together to create a believable character and an engrossing story. I loved the narration, the character development, the pace, the voice, everything.
This one blew my mind and corrupted it. And it didn’t help that I read The Phantom Tollbooth around the time I read You, not that they’re the same since one is a children’s fantasy novel and the other is a psychological thriller but they both are so mind-boggling that together they will twist your thoughts leaving you lost without your inner voice because whenever you think of something, it will be in the vein of one of these books. Maybe it’s just me who gets so affected by reading these two books at once but even so, I don’t recommend it.
A guy meets a girl and stalks her.
Sorry, I can’t do better than that. You can visit the Goodreads page to find out more but it is hard to summarize this book without giving anything away. Shit, it’s hard to summarize it while giving away spoilers. But one thing’s for sure — the story is damn good. Bits of the story will come out as I discuss my thoughts so be wary. There will be spoilers. It you’d rather avoid them, you can just jump to the Overall section below.