Like many others, I had no idea this was a book series until it came out on Netflix. I, of course, binge watched it and immediately had to read the books.

YOU

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4.75/5

Characters: 4/5

Pace: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Themes: 5/5

As I said before, after bingeing You on Netflix, I had to read the books (because waiting is for peasants). So, I quickly borrowed the audiobooks from my local library (Praise electronical gods for the Libby app, because what would life be like if we had to go inside of an actual library and interact with humans??)

I usually am not one for Thrillers, but YOU got my attention because it was so intriguing to be in the mind of a sociopath/serial killer. I really was able to listen and understand how Joe was able to rationalize everything that he did. Don’t get me wrong: Dude is certifiable crazy and needs to be mentally rehabilitated. But, it was interesting to be in his head.

Side note: If you have not read this already, I highly recommend the audiobook! There’s nothing quite like listening to the mind of a serial killer while strolling through the aisles of Target.

In the book, I enjoyed the development of the characters and I liked getting to have more insight into what Joe thought of them.

I won’t give too much away, because I definitely think that anyone that watched the show should read/listen to this book!

HIDDEN BODIES

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 2/5

Characters: 2/5

Pace: 2/5

Plot: 2/5

Themes: 2/5

Yes, the rating is pretty drastic here. To me, it almost seems like the second book was forced to be written. There was nothing I enjoyed about it and I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

The characters in this book were exhausting, stereotypical, and, overall, utterly meaningless. Love is absolutely irritating and I cannot believe she was willing to be with Joe after finding out about all the things he’d done. Lastly, I don’t like that there’s not a definitive answer in the end. Does he go to jail or nah?!

I kept a few notes as I was lisening to the audiobook.

IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPOILERS, SKIP TO THE NEXT SECTION!

Chapter 1 – 4:
Oh, great. He’s found someone crazy just like him. They’re going to be like Bonnie & Clyde: Serial Killers Edition

Chapter 5:
When Amy robs him – HA HA! This makes me so happy. This is the least of what he deserved. Sweet vengeance from the universe. Karma is a girl named Amy.

OKAY, BUT WHERE IS CANDACE?!

Chapter 6:
How can he just leave? What about Mr. Mooney?!

I wonder why Netflix decided to make Mooney a vegetable whereas he’s seemingly pretty able-bodied in the book. Interested to see how this story arc continues…

WAIT A MINUTE – I JUST REALIZED PACO ISN’T IN THE BOOKS!
How do you make up a whole family, Netflix? HOW DARE YOU?
Actually, I’m okay with it. I hope Paco grows to be a decent human being and doesn’t kill girls for not loving him.

Okay, this is getting absolutely ridiculous. He’s about to kill someone for saying bad things about you that he heard from someone else you’re trying to kill?

Chapter 13:
Last tweet before dying – how superficial are we?

Chapter 14:
Why is it necessary to use the racist term here?!?

Chapter ??:
Oh, Lord. Now he’s going to kill Calvin for this girl’s address.

Is he dead?!?!

Chapter 24
So is Candace going to show up or not??

Ch. 32
“It’s the little things that make you want to kill someone.” – I literally cringed and had cold chills at this. Sick, sick, sick!

****THIS IS THE END OF THE SPOILER SECTION****

Books vs. Netflix show

I have to say, I much prefer the show to the books. I did not enjoy book two at all, so I am hoping the show will be better. Also, there are many liberties Netflix seems to have taken with the story line, so I’m very interested to see what happens.

The books were great for more depth of the characters (as most books are) but I really enjoyed the screen adaptation because it was so spot on but they also added in elements (read: Paco) that expanded the story even more. Furthermore, those additions to the story line made me want to actually continue watching whereas if I felt it would be similar to Hidden Bodies, I probably would not be watching.

Let me know your thoughts! Have your read or watched You? If both, which do you prefer?

2 thoughts on “You series by Caroline Kepnes

  1. I loved YOU, which I read a couple of years ago, and I really enjoy the show, too. But I certainly feel the same about book two – it almost doesn’t even seem like the same series? Or like someone else wrote it? I thought it was so odd!

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