For You and Only You by Caroline Kepnes

Published: April 25, 2023

Random House

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Pages: 435

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

CAROLINE KEPNES is the New York Times bestselling author of YOU, HIDDEN BODIES, PROVIDENCE, YOU LOVE ME and FOR YOU AND ONLY YOU. The Netflix series You is an adaptation of her Joe Goldberg/You novels.

Joe Goldberg is ready for a change. Instead of selling books, he’s writing them. And he’s off to a good start. Glenn Shoddy, an acclaimed literary author, recognizes Joe’s genius and invites him to join a tight-knit writing fellowship at Harvard. Finally, Joe will be in a place where talent matters more than pedigree . . . where intellect is the great equalizer and anything is possible. Even happy endings. Or so he thinks, until he meets his already-published, already-distinguished peers, who all seem to be cut from the same elitist cloth.

Thankfully, Wonder Parish enters the picture. They have so much in common. No college degrees, no pretensions, no stories from prep school or grad school. Just a love for literature. If only Wonder could commit herself to the writing life, they could be those rare literary soulmates who never fall prey to their demons. Wonder has a tendency to love, to covet, but Joe is a believer in the rule of fiction: If you want to write a book, you have to kill your darlings.

“Life is not a book. It’s boring.”

Joe has landed himself a fellowship at Harvard. He has written a book and is preparing for publication. He’s confident and ready to wow these people. When he makes eye contact with another fellow, he knows. She’s the one. His one. They are meant to be.

This was such a twist on this storyline. But I liked the direction that it went, and I liked the build-up. The way the story creates build-up when necessary and the way Joe used his experience was well done.

I didn’t like Wonder, but I don’t think we are supposed to. She was shallow but in an “I’m not shallow” way. I caught on to her pretty quickly. I enjoyed the connection between the other fellows and Joe. It was interesting to see the interactions.

The twists in this book were so beautifully done, and I did not see them coming. I loved the turn things took, and it was entertaining watching Joe not have the upper hand.

This was such a perfect conclusion to this series. This book was a full-circle moment, and I loved how everything came together.

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