April 6, 2021

You Love Me

You Love Me

by Caroline Kepnes

Published April 6, 2021
by Random House

Ratings: Stephanie – 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐;
Chelsey – 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Thriller

SYNOPSIS:

“Joe is done with the cities. He’s done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library—he does know a thing or two about books—and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old-fashioned way… by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is… Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s… busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.”

INTERVIEW WITH THE BLOGGERS:

What were some of your favorite parts of You Love Me?

Stephanie: 50 million stars for You Love Me! I loved everything about this book! I love all of the song lyrics/melodies/book quotes scattered throughout and how they made me sing along in my mind and smirk. I love the irony and humor in Joe’s thoughts. I burst out laughing so many times even though this isn’t a comedy. It’s still funny!

Chelsey: I loved that this book was so entirely different from the first two, but still totally felt in line with the Joe Goldberg we’ve come to know and love. The story felt fresh and new but there were enough tie-ins to the prior books to keep it a great addition to the trilogy.

Joe Goldberg has a lot of psychopathic and serial killer qualities, however, readers often comment about how much they love him. What is your opinion on this?

Chelsey: Our favorite villian we hate to love is back and he’s just as snarky and witty as ever! I often struggle to stay interested in series but Kepnes does a great job of building Joe’s character enough to keep him entertaining and to introduce new characters to keep the story unique. There’s something about Joe that is just so genuine and hilarious – it’s impossible for me to hate him even though he’s not a good person!

Stephanie: Joe is one of those characters I love to love. I can’t bring myself to hate him and I don’t want to hate him. I LOVE first person perspective and Joe takes it to another level. (See, I know it’s Caroline writing but sometimes I wonder if she even has a choice or if Joe just writes himself through her. She’s like the Joe-conduit.) All in all, You Love Me gives us our fix of Joe Goldberg that we’ve been craving and it feels so good to get that hit!

This is the third book in the ‘You’ series. Have you read the others and what would be your advice to readers considering this series or this book?

Stephanie: YLM would be okay to read as a standalone but you’ll really enjoy it more if you’ve read You and Hidden Bodies because so many characters/places/situations are mentioned throughout this one.

Chelsey: Admittedly, I wish I hadn’t read Hidden Bodies so recently. However, I am one that prefers reading series very spaced apart so I suspect that this won’t be an issue for most readers.

I’m also excited to see if Kepnes decides to continue this story or leave it be. She certainly gave herself room for another in the series, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.

Any final thoughts?

Chelsey: I do feel that this book, as well as Hidden Bodies, were too long, but that was my biggest gripe. I’ll also be really curious to see what portions of You Love Me the You Netflix series adopts as the second season really did diverge from the plotline of the book series.

Stephanie: Now I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook because Santino Fontana is the best narrator ever! And I am already jonesing for book 4 because I can never get enough Joe Goldberg!
Huge thanks to Random House via NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in advance in exchange for my honest review. I’ve also preordered the hardcover as well as the audiobook!

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