I’ve been dreading finishing this story because I’ve never been so in love before. Okay, Gone Girl really does hold a special place in my heart but that is no this. No, You is special. It’s a league of its own and hypnotizing like I thought it would be (mostly because Stephen King called it that and well, it’s also on the front of the book).
What’s it about?
Joseph Goldberg is a bookshop keeper in new York at a spot called Mooney’s Rare and Used. One day, unlike any other, Guinevere Beck walks into his store and changes his life. Instantly, he falls in love with her, finding her on Twitter and doing all he can to become one in her world of school, writing, and #GirlsNightOut. He learns about her from her profiles, Facebook and Twitter where she displays her life for all to see. Soon he gets his wish, but unforseen outside forces keep him away from the girl of his dreams … but not for long.
I read the first page and was instantly hooked. It was the writing style, the first person using second person pronouns and directly the story to me. As the reader, you don’t get lost feeling as though you’re this girl, but instead you’re dealt these raw emotions and thoughts. Joe doesn’t talk as though he’s aiming to impress. There’s never a string of dialogue or writing that makes me feel as though the writer was aiming to be pretentious but instead was making a real boy.
The characterizations is spectacular of each person. Of all the person’s. These people are real, in a sense that with Beck she displays herself of social media and sort of seeks this validation through her friends and men. She’s a chameleon, often times changing for whoever friend she’s speaking with but pretentious in her own way. She has friends from a prestigious school, Brown, and she doesn’t text as much as she does email because she feels as though she has to preserve it. But she’s a snob who looks down on other snobs. She’s a writer who projects herself into her stories that aren’t really stories but more like a journal entry made nonfiction.
Joe, on the other hand, is as you expect. He’s entitled, in his way, he’s full of himself to himself and he’s alone. He’s handsome, from my understanding, but he’s also just simply off kilter by his way of living. He doesn’t live in the bookstore but it’s his main priority. When Beck comes into his life, you begin to see more of him. How his thinking is flawed, how he doesn’t know when he crosses a certain boundary but is also very well aware of crossing said boundary but not caring. He’s odd, but you don’t exactly figure out why. What becomes so obvious for him is that television and books drive his idea of what love is and that’s what ties things together. His constant comparison to the one film and his encounter with this girl are an obsession and truly a small look at how one can perceive what love is, and be oh so wrong.
The story overall is fantastic to me. I enjoy the inclusion of pop.culture references, such as when Beck and her friend Peach go to Little Compton and there’s talk of.Taylor Swift being from there. Then there’s song lyrics and television shows mentioned to make it feel as though it’s not so otherworldly but our own. It’s here and it feels as though it’s happened or has happened as you read it. That blur that doesn’t exist between literature and reality is what’s so lovely about he read.from beginning to you end, you’re anxious rinsed how it all unfolds. You want to know what happens next and it really keeps you guessing. Even the end was a surprise to me because you don’t feel like it’s going to end that way, but it only feels right to.
Do I Recommend?
I can’t exactly point out a problem with the story because it’s either a hit or miss for you. The entirety of it doesn’t lack any kind of special element. It is what it is. It’s a very well done story and I can’t recommend it to everyone because some could find Joe annoying, as I found him humorous and a little frightening at times. Some could find Beck relatable as I found her to be indecisive and self absorbed.i enjoyed it for keeping me wondering about Joe, about Beck, about what was acceptable and what really isn’t. questioned if I was Joe, the lost hopeless romantic who would go to no bounds for love, or if I was Beck who likes the curtains open and also leaving what I have for something new and shinier.
It was fun, and I am so glad I got to enjoy it. Already I’ve pre-ordered the next installment on Amazon and cried while doing it because I just, goodness. Now I’m not even sure what I’m diving into next but I’m 10/20 for my book challenge (one book ahead of schedule according to Goodreads) and I feel tremendously proud of myself. Remember, if you’d like to keep up with my reading adventures, you can follow me on Goodreads and my Instagram.