Thursday, August 5, 2021

Quick Pick Book Review - You Love Me: A You Novel, by Caroline Kepnes (You #3)

  • Opening linesI think you're the one I spoke to on the phone, the librarian with a voice so soft that I went out and bought myself a cashmere sweater. Warm. Safe. And if this is you—please be you —well, you're a fox, Mary Kay, inside and out. I didn't go looking for you. I didn't even know you existed when I volunteered my services to the Bainbridge Public Library and I didn't google you after we spoke. Women can tell when a guy knows too much and I wanted to come in coolyou're my boss—and I do hope this is you. You're a hot one, Mary Kay, hiding your legs in opaque black tights, as concealing as RIP Beck's curtainless windows were revealing. Your skirt is short but functional and you push Haruku Murakami on an old man. He smells like Mothballs and gin and he's eating up our time and I've already read your MurakamiI too am a hot oneand you press your finger on a page and murmur one of the best parts, all but sucked inside. It's you. I'm officially sure of it. You're the one from the phone but holy shit, Mary Kay.

    Are you the one for me?
  • Reason I picked up the book: I'm a huge fan of the You series—I actually watched it when it was back on Lifetime, I believe, before it made it to Netflix—and I've also read the other two books in the series. 
  • And what's this book about?
  • The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show—a compulsively readable trip into the deviant mind of the uniquely antisocial, savvy bookseller Joe Goldberg.

    Joe Goldberg 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.

  • Recommended for: Anyone who enjoyed the previous two books or who enjoys the Netflix show. 
  • Favorite paragraph: I can't be here. And no I don't want to get on the ferry and ride to Seattle and stuff my face with salmon ampersand quinoa and visit a bookstore underneath a marketwe get it, Seattle, you have history—only to be hungry an hour later and hunt down some restaurant with a twee pink door. All of that is really only fun if you're doing it with someone you love and I love you but you're like the rest of the islanders right now.

    You're in bed.
  • Something to know: I'm curious to see if the TV show goes this direction for season 3, because season 2 ended with Love (Joe's now-ex, in this book) pregnant with his son. At the beginning of this book, Love has custody of their son, Forty (named after her deceased brother), and she lives in LA and Joe has just moved to Bainbridge Island, WA.
  • What I would have changed: It seemed really long—I guess it's about 400 pages—so I maybe would have cut it down to like 300-350 pages if possible. 
  • Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.
  • Where can I find this book? Click here to purchase on Amazon.

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