Books Into Movies

Over the years, many books have been adapted to the silver screen. Most notably, Stephen King has had a few movie and television show adaptions come out back to back these past few years. Genres such as fantasy and horror are mostly adapted, but I love when psychological thrillers are turned into viewing media. You the book has been adapted and turned into an even more thrilling ride.

You the book

This book has been on my tbr (to be read) list for awhile and with the popularity the show gained, there were bound to be spoilers. I knew the story revolved around a man named Joe who worked at a bookstore and became obsessed with a girl he was dating. Once I began reading the book, I had no idea how much it would suck me in and flip the thriller genre on its head.

‘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.’

My review on the book is spoiler free but may contain minor spoilers for the first season of the show.

My Review

This book is in no way a romance story. Joe may come off at first as a guy who just wants to love a girl unconditionally and do everything he can for her. But his intentions are far beyond well meaning. You is a non stop thriller ride that will leave you questioning. Wondering if you have ever met a person like Joe before. The author writes Joe in such a way that at first you think ‘Oh he’s just looking out for her’. Then you realize that Joe is in serious need of help that no one can give him.

I’ve only seen the first few episodes of the first season, and I noticed some small changes. The show added the character of Paco, a little boy that lives in Joe’s building next to him. By adding this little boy, to me, it seems like they were trying to humanize Joe in a way. To make you think, well he can’t be that bad if he’s helping a kid out. At first I didn’t like the added character, but he grew on me.

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In the novel, there are no redeeming characters. Except for Ethan who works in the bookstore later on with Joe. I absolutely loved that there was no one to root for. There was no one that was the ‘hero’ of this story. Many other novels will try to have a redeemable moment for a ‘bad’ character. Not in Kepnes’ book. The sequel, Hidden Bodies, is also out and available for purchase. Season two of the Netflix show is based off of the second book. I cannot wait to read it and view the whole series to see the differences and Easter Eggs. Have you read the book? Share your thoughts and join the site for more entertaining content!