This is Margaret.
We’re in the middle of an upstairs remodel, which I can’t talk about right now, or I will use cuss words. Instead, I will do a book review and try to maintain any level of sanity I have left. Thank you God for audiobooks, and also, thank you authors for creating books containing characters more flawed than myself.
“You” by Caroline Kepnes:
This is one of those books that haunts you for days after finishing it. I listened to it on audiobook via my library app, and the voice that delivered the story did an outstanding job, adding another creepy layer onto an already disturbing story. I don’t always recommend the audio version of a book, but in this case, I would. The story is told from the viewpoint of a guy named Joe Goldberg as he selects and proceeds to aggressively stalk a beautiful girl named Beck. He turns her life into his own personal game of chess with moves and countermoves. As he narrates his own twisted line of thinking, you can’t help but be fascinated by the level of honesty with regards to the horrifying parts of human nature. Is this generation obsessed with the need for recognition and validation? Are our lives truly transparent, thanks to the internet and social media? It’s not scary in a traditional sense, it’s terrifying on a much deeper level.
Netflix has turned this book into a 10 episode series. After finishing the book, I of course, binge watched it. While I’m being thankful instead of negative, thank God for Netflix. Normally I’m disappointed with the film version of books because they fail to stay true to the writing, but in this case, the added material and material left out was ok with me. It was a slightly different story, but left you with essentially the same feeling. How well do you ever really know someone?
P.S. Please don’t judge me for recommending this book.