“The only thing crueler than a cage so
small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so
large that a bird thinks it can fly.”
I can’t tell you how absolutely horrified I am to say that I felt compassion towards someone who stalked, killed (multiple times) and just did all around creepy stuff. Caroline Kepnes literally sticks you instead of Joe’s head and you kind of feel bad for him at some points… and then at other points you realize “wow, he’s actually a lunatic.”
You have to listen to the audio book. If you ever have watched the show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” you will automatically realize Santino Fontana (Greg Serrano) is the voice of Joe. Then you will imagine Joe looking like Santino and then you will never be able to look ag Santino again.
But boy, does he do an absolute seamless job on this narration. I’m so happy I saw that he does the next one because my LAURD he was way too good at this.
I had sworn off books in the format of second person because it completely and utterly creeped me out. If you don’t know, second person is kind of like a letter (this sentence is in second person). You use the word “you” a lot because you are talking towards someone. So, in this instance, we were Beck (the girl Joe stalks/obsesses over/is in love with/is in lust with/is literally nuts about).
So, imagine my surprise when Kepnes whispers in my ear (metaphorically) “shhh… It’ll be okay. You are supposed to be creeped out when reading my book” and I pick it up and kind of get obsessed with it?
Joe is beyond obsessed with how perfect he is. He is so smart and he is so thoughtful and he is just the greatest boyfriend in the world. BUUUUUTTTTTT….
Don’t worry though, he does go to therapy eventually.
Though, maybe not for the reasons one would usually go to therapy.
I read this with my book club The Cheerful Wednesdays, and one girl was like “this is creeping me out. If I wasn’t reading this with you guys I would DNF” and other girl was like “this is amazing but it’s ruining my life” and then me and my friend Day were like “this is the best thing to ever happen to us in the month of October can it never end?”
It really depends on what you like if you are going to like this book.
I like super creepy, super real stuff. I loved this book.
I don’t mind sexual or gory graphic words (and there are a lot of them). So I loved this book.
I don’t mind sitting on the edge of my seat wondering when someone is going to die by the hands of Joe. I loved this book.
This was a perfect, creepy October read and I am itching to get my hands on the next one.
PS: Please enjoy my Crazy Ex Girlfriend GIFs and pictures. I know I did. LOL.
This was amazing and I feel super gross saying that. RTC.