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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for You Love Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    My jaw dropped, my mind is blown, eyes are popped out of my head. Silence. Sigh. Silence. More sigh. No words can be enough to define how I felt about this book. Keeping my big mouth shut and calm down my extra hyped mind might be the most challenging things in my life right now! I don’t want to give any spoiler! I’m not a despicable party pooper! I mostly give away too much when I write reviews but this time giving spoilers will also mean to talk about whole entire season of one of the most rat My jaw dropped, my mind is blown, eyes are popped out of my head. Silence. Sigh. Silence. More sigh. No words can be enough to define how I felt about this book. Keeping my big mouth shut and calm down my extra hyped mind might be the most challenging things in my life right now! I don’t want to give any spoiler! I’m not a despicable party pooper! I mostly give away too much when I write reviews but this time giving spoilers will also mean to talk about whole entire season of one of the most rated, anticipated and popular ( definitely well-deserved) series! I can only talk about my comparisons this book with two previous ones by telling you: THIS IS SO FAR THE BEST BOOK OF THE SERIES! Do you know why? This was the saddest and most heartbreaking book of the series. Joe is always a “fire starter”: he involved in people’s lives, lighting a match, illuminating their hypocrisy because most of them flawed, emotionally disturbed and acting like honorable people but actually they are not so different from Joe. In fact they are worst and sometimes you think you nearly deserved what happened to them! And as soon as he throws away the match, naturally some of them gets burned or deeply hurt. This time the people Joe got involved are more broken, resentful, self destructive; they don’t belong to a big city, living their lives in a small island of Pacific Island which made them feel like more trapped, miserable, regretful. Joe moves to this cozy island, after leaving his adventurous lives in big Apple and city of Mr. Morningstar, having a big, lovely house, volunteered job in library. You ask “how”, I just shrug, zipping my lips. You gotta read and learn if he quit his full time daddy job!!!!!! This time we meet with another face of Joe: the wiser, more mature, patient, less obsessive ( just a little bit) trying to control his urges, his impulsive manners, being a better man who learned from his mistakes. Too many RIPs later, he is cautious. Maybe for the first time he really fell in love and maybe for the first time he found a better woman ( Beck was insecure cheater and Love is... well, love is inspiration of the song: what’s love gotta do with it, who needs a sociopathic girlfriend when Joe’s heart is already broken! ) Yes, Joe doesn’t have great track to find ideal women to spend his life. So let’s already give her name MK, a librarian, mother of 17 years old Meerkat ( not the real one, that’s the nickname Joe gave it to her), intellectual, people pleaser, emotionally insecure, wearing short skirts, flirting with Joe by sharing his beef-broccoli but their push and pull kind of daily banters and way too much high chemistry are not enough for them to form an intimate bounding. Why? Of course Mr. Goldberg keeps his secrets which prevent him to ride into the sunset with his love of his life. But this time her new woman has more obstacles to start a relationship with him. As a result: Joe needs to get action to terminate those obstacles one by one. But he shall not kill or hurt anyone! He has new principles, new rules. Is he closer to get his HEA? Of course not! Everything comes with price in his life. He lights another match to brighten depressed lives of small town’s people and now his fire can burn the whole place to the ground. I loved this book because: That’s the most enjoyable ride to be inside Joe’s mind: he’s still disturbed, obsessed, sarcastic, criticizer of popular culture but he is still ugly honest, straightforward, direct because he knows himself, what he’s capable of and he already made peace with his inner monster. Ms.Kepnes achieved something impossible. She made us empathize with a very dangerous, disturbed man. Yes, he killed, he stalked, he destroyed, he lied. But we still witness his never ending inner fight, facing his demons and we cannot hate him. Actually we start to like him. It’s dangerous line to root for a very disturbed man who can put you on fire and destroy lives to save himself but at each book we cross our fingers and whispering our prays for him to get rid of those complex situations he created at first hand by obsessing troubled women. And interestingly we want to see him settle, burying his past demons. But he’s trouble magnet: even though he changes himself and bring out his goodness by beating his inner vicious monster, the people around him never let him move on with his life. There will be always loss and casualties... My warnings about this book: You will get shocked, entertained, scared, shaken to the core! There are unexpected twists, shocking moments you never ever see it coming. I foresaw some of them but the final twist backstabbed me! I still cannot move, giving blank looks to my computer, seeing my horrifying face reminds you of a middle age woman suffer from too much Botox injection. No more words! I’m giving entire stars of galaxy or rename a planet as Kepnes! This book is beyond five starred reading! And I’m the lucky cow who had the brightest chance to win a reviewer copy! Million thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for sharing this special reviewer copy of this incredible book with me in exchange my honest thoughts. instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    NOW AVAILABLE! Hello, hey Joe. You wanna give love another go? See what I did there? 🤣 Anyhoo... Joe Goldberg is back in written form! In this third installment of the YOU series, we learn that his relationship with Love (the person) didn’t work out. Now, he’s moved on to the outskirts of Seattle, and has his eye on Mary Kay. She’s sexy, and she’s a librarian to boot. She’s perfect for Joe. He prepares to woo her and make her fall in love with him, because he deserves it. All Joe ever wants is to NOW AVAILABLE! Hello, hey Joe. You wanna give love another go? See what I did there? 🤣 Anyhoo... Joe Goldberg is back in written form! In this third installment of the YOU series, we learn that his relationship with Love (the person) didn’t work out. Now, he’s moved on to the outskirts of Seattle, and has his eye on Mary Kay. She’s sexy, and she’s a librarian to boot. She’s perfect for Joe. He prepares to woo her and make her fall in love with him, because he deserves it. All Joe ever wants is to love and be loved, and find his soulmate. He won’t let anything (or anyone) get in the way of pinning down the woman of his dreams. As anyone who is familiar with the the book series and TV series knows, Joe is a man you hate to love. He’s deeply psychotic, but you can’t help rooting for him. That continues to be the case here, and author Caroline Kepnes does a superb job of making him sympathetic...and making us feel crazy for feeling that way about him. Oh, and the cliffhangers...I forgot how well she utilizes those at the end of chapters. Some of them gave me massive anxiety, and I had no choice but to dive into the next chapter. It took me a little longer than I expected to get back into the writing style of these books since I read the first two installments years ago...and have gotten used to the flow of the TV series. I love how dark (and darkly humorous) it is inside Joe’s mind. However, some things didn’t sit well with me. For example, repeatedly calling part of a woman’s anatomy a lemonhead made me cringe. 🤮 I think the long, drawn out climax could’ve benefited from a bigger OMG moment than what is written. Overall, this is a highly entertaining and welcome return to Joe and the YOU-verse, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. Thank you to Random House, Caroline Kepnes, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Joe Goldeberg is back and better than ever. He's recently moved to a small island off the coast of Washington State, living a quiet life, and trying to be the nice guy that he knows he can be. He decides to volunteer at the local library where he meets Mary Kay the head librarian and total fox. There are some roadblocks for him to navigate in order to win the heart of the woman he deserves but make no mistake about it, he does deserve her. Mary Kay may need some convincing but Joe is a patient m Joe Goldeberg is back and better than ever. He's recently moved to a small island off the coast of Washington State, living a quiet life, and trying to be the nice guy that he knows he can be. He decides to volunteer at the local library where he meets Mary Kay the head librarian and total fox. There are some roadblocks for him to navigate in order to win the heart of the woman he deserves but make no mistake about it, he does deserve her. Mary Kay may need some convincing but Joe is a patient man that always gets what he wants. This book was a hoot and I still love Joe and his hilarious musings. I don't tend to read many *series* but this one is so damn good. This particular installment was nearly as good as the first. I was so happy when I turned the last page and realized that this isn't the last we'll be hearing from Joe. Bring it on, Kepnes, BRING IT ON!!!! 4.5 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Random House who were kind enough to grant my *wish* to read this ARC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    Ooh a third book?! I'm down for more of Joe and his crazy psychopathic ways! Ooh a third book?! I'm down for more of Joe and his crazy psychopathic ways!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    I read You seven years ago, and gave it four stars. I read Hidden Bodies four years ago, and gave it three stars. I'm, unfortunately, giving You Love Me two stars. Were all the books like this one? If so, my taste has definitely changed over the years, because Joe's constant, rambling stream-of-consciousness drove me batty. I don't remember the internal dialogue being quite so dense in the earlier works as it was in this latest offering from Caroline Kepnes. I also don't remember Joe being so I read You seven years ago, and gave it four stars. I read Hidden Bodies four years ago, and gave it three stars. I'm, unfortunately, giving You Love Me two stars. Were all the books like this one? If so, my taste has definitely changed over the years, because Joe's constant, rambling stream-of-consciousness drove me batty. I don't remember the internal dialogue being quite so dense in the earlier works as it was in this latest offering from Caroline Kepnes. I also don't remember Joe being so, well...annoying. When I picked up my Kindle, this wasn't a story I was inclined to binge read. Joe's never-ending labeling of the other characters as "rat," or "meerkat," or "mothballs," became altogether tiresome...just like his ceaseless prefacing of the characters who died in the previous novels with an RIP before their names. Cute and quirky at first...and then grating. And dude, please quit calling a specific lady bit a "lemonhead." Just...ewww. I also found this book to be quite slow. This was not a psychological thriller so much as a domestic drama. And I won't even get into all the implausibilities, because my review would be twenty paragraphs long. The conclusion...ye Gods. Really? Endless pages of rambling dialogue...and for that? Are you kidding me right now, Caroline Kepnes? Suffice it to say, I expected more. This book was a disappointment for me on just about every level. Nothing worked. Everything seemed overly contrived and, frankly, quite silly. I won't be recommending this one. Hopefully the screenwriters for the show are able to salvage this mess. Available April 6, 2021 Despite my lackluster review, I'd like to thank to Random House and NetGalley for my review copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    I mean.. after that cliff hanger, you know I'm dying for this. • Release Date: 6 April 2021 • ______ My review for: Book #1 : YOU Book #2 : Hidden Bodies I mean.. after that cliff hanger, you know I'm dying for this. • Release Date: 6 April 2021 • ______ My review for: Book #1 : YOU Book #2 : Hidden Bodies

  7. 4 out of 5

    James

    Joe Goldberg is an amazing protagonist. I absolutely adored the first book in this now-trilogy and was shocked when the sequel had come out; it had done so well that the third will be released next year (I received an early copy thru NetGalley) and I'm certain there will be more. While the debut, You, is my favorite thus far, this is a strong contender and offered a lot to think about. It's been almost two years since the last book, and in between I binge-watched both seasons (it was made into a Joe Goldberg is an amazing protagonist. I absolutely adored the first book in this now-trilogy and was shocked when the sequel had come out; it had done so well that the third will be released next year (I received an early copy thru NetGalley) and I'm certain there will be more. While the debut, You, is my favorite thus far, this is a strong contender and offered a lot to think about. It's been almost two years since the last book, and in between I binge-watched both seasons (it was made into a tv series)... as a result, my memory was a little fuzzy on things that happened in the book vs. tv. The book has a slightly weird opening: Joe is immediately in 'the hunt' mode again, as he's found another woman he's in love with and must psycho-stalk. I have to admit, the title here is quite apropos given Joe's obsession in the last book was named Love, but she's gone this time... and now MK is his new desire. They work together. She knows a bit of Joe's past, not a lot. He's been in prison for some crimes, now another year older... wiser? Not sure yet! Instead of the glass cage he kept Beck in, he's now built the Whisper Room, a very different type of structure to contain his loves / prisoners. Phew, stay away from this guy; except, he's oddly attractive and really makes you want to love him. If only the victims could truly fall for him and not consider alternative options. They'd be safe, right? Without giving too much away, the plot is good but a bit too reminiscent the Peach / Beck relationship from book one. The fall-out from the bestie's dislike of Joe is very different, and there is quite a surprise when Joe comes back to his Whisper Room one day. All in all, this is a good follow up to the series. It brings a new level of crazy but the theme is consistent in a nice way. The addition of Joe being a new dad and now a family guy thru his new relationship brings challenges, and I really like how Kepnes incorporated that softer side of Joe. We've seen it before, but this time, it's his own blood on the chopping block. Writing is solid, but I will admit, it went off in a few tangents which reminded me of other Kepnes books (not in this series) that I struggled with (Providence). But it is minor and keeps pulling you back in. I stayed up late to finish the last half last night... good ending, twists in the last 20 pages, and I'm kinda looking forward to seeing what happens next! Hope you enjoy it...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    2.5 stars I could not hold my excitement over the upcoming continuation of the YOU series with 2021's You Love Me , but sadly this did not work with me. I didn't love Hidden Bodies, but I loved how season 2 of the Netflix series ended, so I figured that Book 3 might pan out better. I really have a weird fondness for Joe Goldberg, but for the most part, this book did nothing for me. I felt that the plot was very recycled comparatively from the first book. The book takes long for the story to de 2.5 stars I could not hold my excitement over the upcoming continuation of the YOU series with 2021's You Love Me , but sadly this did not work with me. I didn't love Hidden Bodies, but I loved how season 2 of the Netflix series ended, so I figured that Book 3 might pan out better. I really have a weird fondness for Joe Goldberg, but for the most part, this book did nothing for me. I felt that the plot was very recycled comparatively from the first book. The book takes long for the story to develop, but once you hit the last 20% of the book, it picks up. Overall, I still didn't enjoy the ending, but the book did have its moments. I think my time with Joe Goldberg has ended, at least for the book series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House, and Caroline Kepnes for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 4.6!** Hypnotic, spellbinding, and as deliciously dark as ever! Joe Goldberg has followed the sage advice of Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen:" Live in New York City once but leave before it makes you hard Live in California once but leave before it makes you soft (Okay, it was Northern CA in the song, not Southern CA...but still!) You Love Me picks up right where Hidden Bodies **Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House, and Caroline Kepnes for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 4.6!** Hypnotic, spellbinding, and as deliciously dark as ever! Joe Goldberg has followed the sage advice of Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen:" Live in New York City once but leave before it makes you hard Live in California once but leave before it makes you soft (Okay, it was Northern CA in the song, not Southern CA...but still!) You Love Me picks up right where Hidden Bodies left off....almost. Joe is no longer entangled with Love, but is still on the quest for the dream woman and itching for the perfect family to call his own. He ends up in Bainbridge, outside of Seattle, and is of course, working in a book filled profession: this time, it's the local library, where he has signed up to volunteer. Mary Kay immediately catches his ever curious eye: she's literate, she's stunning...and NOTHING like hopelessly broken former flames Beck and Love. Finally, an uncomplicated situation. The moment he's been waiting for, a small community he can call his own, and the past BEHIND him. Really. Patience will be key. Finding just the right moments, the right words...he is Mary Kay's other half. And the detritus in her life? Let's just say it won't be a problem for long. But fate has quite a few surprises in store for Joe which take him roughly out of the driver's seat and force him to become a helpless passenger. Will his carefully built house of cards collapse before he can really show Mary Kay how perfect her life could be...and who is that man following HIS every move? I adore Joe Goldberg. I mean, he drives me crazy, but I absolutely adore him. Kepnes has created one of the most unique, unforgettable, and paradoxical characters in contemporary fiction today, and I spent a lot of this book just reveling in the twisted, snarky, cynical, and enthralling innerworkings of Joe's mind. I've been trying to think on how best to sum him up as a character, and I think (unsurprisingly) it all comes down to language with Joe. His thoughts are almost lyrical and Kepnes' use of wordplay, allusion, and references from everything to random bits of pop culture to callbacks from previous books is enchanting. Reading Joe's thoughts is almost like reading poetry...written by a psychopath who at the same time often comes across as the decent, well-intentioned man we all sort of WANT him to be...while simultaneously hoping he gets tripped up over and over again. The twisted love-hate relationship the reader has with Joe plays on ALL of your emotions, and I get snagged hook, line, and sinker, every time. While the characters in Hidden Bodies and the overall plot wasn't my favorite, I felt the setting and these characters not only captured my attention, but reminded me of why I fell in love with this series in the first place. Having Penn Badgley's voice in my head while reading only enhances this experience, and I can't think of a better Joe Goldberg to haunt my dreams...or at least to leave me desperate for more! Perhaps my absolute favorite thing about this book is that it is perfectly clear this isn't the last we will be hearing from Joe, and I am already anxiously awaiting the next installment! I basically dragged out reading this as long as possible because I knew I'd miss him the minute it ended...and Joe? In the famous words of Prince/Sinead O'Connor....no one compares to, well, YOU! 4 ⭐

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Joe is back! This book is now available! Did Love change Joe? The third book in the You series seeks to answer this question. (It's worth noting that I actually shrieked "Oh My God!" when I learned I had gotten an early copy of this novel to review. Thanks so much to Random House for this treat! The book releases on April 6, 2021.) Having moved to the outskirts of Seattle, our favorite love-struck psychopath Joe is smitten again -- with 90s grunge nostalgia, and also with a sexy librarian named Ma Joe is back! This book is now available! Did Love change Joe? The third book in the You series seeks to answer this question. (It's worth noting that I actually shrieked "Oh My God!" when I learned I had gotten an early copy of this novel to review. Thanks so much to Random House for this treat! The book releases on April 6, 2021.) Having moved to the outskirts of Seattle, our favorite love-struck psychopath Joe is smitten again -- with 90s grunge nostalgia, and also with a sexy librarian named Mary Kay. The beginning of the book immediately deals with the cliffhanger of Hidden Bodies in a hilarious and perfect way that I'm not going to spoil for anyone. But suffice it to say, on page 1, Joe is running loose again, and his twisted humor and obsession is still in top form. Joe has fully learned from his past mistakes, he assures us, and he's NEVER going to let love lead him to do such crazy things again. (Yeah, right. Raise your hand if you WANT to read a book about a better Joe?) Nonetheless, Joe diligently works to turn himself into the "Better Man" envisioned by Eddie Vedder in nearby Seattle, and he's just certain that the lovely Mary Kay will be the change he needs to grow into a mature relationship, certainly without murder. After all, the crime rate in his new small town is almost non-existent. What could go wrong? Hahaha. Of course, when Joe is around, A LOT can go wrong. As always, getting inside Joe's head gives me FEELINGS. Most of these feelings are wickedly fun despite myself, as his narration continues to be hilarious and dark and sprinkled with literary references and charming rationalizations. I felt like the tone of this book changed a bit from the Joe we usually know. The style and theme of the narration this time was more Seattle meets American Psycho with even more stream of consciousness, thoughts on romantic comedies, Seattle grunge, popular culture, and Woody Allen. (Yep, Joe's Woody Allen obsession is still with us and it escalates in this book.) I was fully entertained by the book, and would place it right behind the first book in the "You" canon — “Hidden Bodies" being my least favorite, "You" being the total classic. However, I promised to be honest in my review so let me say there are a couple of things in the book I didn't love as much as “You”: (1) In this book, Joe is painted more as a victim of circumstance. Some things are maybe "not his fault." Of course the reader will have to decide whether this is true, or just Joe's interpretation, but I felt this Joe was presented much more as the hapless victim at times, rather than an obvious psychopath who is rationalizing, as in the previous books. For me that made this a little less fun. It’s a little more like the TV show in this way. I prefer Joe as a straight up psycho. (2) A few of the new characters in this volume are just bananas with motivations and actions that don’t make logical sense. As an example, it’s not like I come to “You” for feminist theory (and I don’t require it, as a feminist AND a superfan of American Psycho), but the character of the strident feminist best friend in this book was a little on the nose and hard to swallow. Her motivations in a key scene or two were, to me, inexplicable. One or two of the other characters are similar. (3) This book had SO many twists — some of them were just fantastic and mind blowing. But some of them for me had no logic. BUT (important but!) despite these nitpicks, most importantly, what really made this book a 4 star plus thrill for me, in addition to the always loveable (against all your best judgment!) psychopath Joe? I absolutely loved the character of Mary Kay. A much more complex and interesting gal than either Beck or Love, she is onto some aspects of Joe from the start and is much more difficult prey for him. Their relationship is complex and fun and interesting. Also, several of the twists are just spectacular and you’ll never see them coming. Readers who come to this book for over-the-top psycho fun are going to be absolutely thrilled and entertained by Joe’s latest antics. This is by far the most wild and nutty of all three books, which I think will delight many readers. Kepnes is a fantastic writer and has created such a unique literary psychopath in Joe. I loved getting back into Joe’s twisted head and meeting his most fascinating and complex object of affection. Solid 4 plus stars for a thrilling, darkly humorous read. I cannot wait to read what Kepnes does next Does love conquer all? Or does love knock Joe down again? Find out for yourself. This book is a must read for 2021. Big big thanks to Random House, NetGalley and Caroline Kepnes for this awesome preview. My review is honest and my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Thanks, Caroline Kepnes! You've given the people what they want - another fun ride on the Merry-Joe-Round. After a bit of a misfire with the non-Youverse "Providence," Kepnes returns to life inside the mind of Joe Goldberg. The third installment in the series, "You Love Me," picks up where "Hidden Bodies" left off. It also happily returns to the second person point of view after "Bodies" used the commonplace first person. Hooray! "It's a free country, it's a small island, so I keep strolling, as Thanks, Caroline Kepnes! You've given the people what they want - another fun ride on the Merry-Joe-Round. After a bit of a misfire with the non-Youverse "Providence," Kepnes returns to life inside the mind of Joe Goldberg. The third installment in the series, "You Love Me," picks up where "Hidden Bodies" left off. It also happily returns to the second person point of view after "Bodies" used the commonplace first person. Hooray! "It's a free country, it's a small island, so I keep strolling, as people do sometimes. I turn onto your street and then into your yard - we're 'Friends,' we pop by - and I enter through the side door - you didn't lock it, tsk tsk..." The "you" Joe is speaking to in his head this time around is a librarian named Mary Kay, who is older, wiser, but just as Foxy as Beck and Love (his previous objects of obsession). He's left L.A. behind for the much more chill Seattle area, and he just knows (with typical Joe-level psychotic confidence) that Mary Kay is the key to him settling down as a family man. There are obstacles, naturally, but he knows they can be overcome. Mary Kay does make for a refreshing object of affection, in that she's in her forties and has a daughter that's a high school senior. It's honestly a pleasure to see a woman in this demographic being depicted as desirable. But other than that, I personally didn't warm to her all that much. I don't think that matters though, as I don't think Kepnes tries to convince readers that Joe wants what he wants for rationale, relatable reasons. It's Joe's world, and we just live in it. At 400 pages, "You Love Me" is the shortest in the series, but it did take me an unusually long time to get through it. I chalk this up to wanting to savor every word of Kepnes's unique writing style. "I scribble lies on my notepad - my bullshit words are sticks that will hurt you - and the last two are stones. Love, Joe." Do you love (to hate) Joe? Then you'll love this book. Even if it treads familiar ground and has more than its share of moments where you have to suspend disbelief, you get a heaping helping of the cray that you've been craving. HUGE thanks to Penguin Random House and the author for gifting me an uncorrected proof for review via NetGalley. You Love Me is now available. Blog: www.confettibookshelf.com IG: @confettibookshelf

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “It’s a nice ‘antidote to the hell scape reality of the world right now’…” That’s me. You’re quoting me. ^^^I sure am. Rules be damned! This was exactly the escape I needed after eighteen thousand months in lockdown with my family and all of their farts. Are y’all superfans enough to get that reference or did I just waste a crapton of my time making this gif for no reason???? Whatever. Worth it! Especially if it might mean I get Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “It’s a nice ‘antidote to the hell scape reality of the world right now’…” That’s me. You’re quoting me. ^^^I sure am. Rules be damned! This was exactly the escape I needed after eighteen thousand months in lockdown with my family and all of their farts. Are y’all superfans enough to get that reference or did I just waste a crapton of my time making this gif for no reason???? Whatever. Worth it! Especially if it might mean I get an advance copy of the next book too : ) When I “wished” for this over on NetGalley, I figured I was doing so along with twelve gazillion others and never expected to get an early shot at this latest release in the You franchise. Then I had one of those seriously first worldy sorts of moments where I wanted to message the powers that be and tell them . . . . Not because I think I’m important but because I admitted loving Joe back when it was still a taboo thing to do. I mean, unless Kepnes really shit the bed there’s slim to nil chance that I wouldn’t kinda love this. And then????? I knew this was going to be a winner immediately when the format returned to the second person narration as was found in the original. The first book followed “You” after Joe set his sights on his dreamgirl – culminating in the realization that maybe their relationship wasn’t just meant to be. But then he found “Love” and although there were some bumps in the road, things were going as well as can be expected with our favorite antihero right up until the very end. This time around Joe just wants to find the one. And it appears he has – he just has to be patient and make sure they are on the same page so no more incidents occur. It’s a shame everybody and their brother in the small town of “Cedar Cove” seems to be trying to cockblock him! Some things you should know about this book. It is not a standalone. You absolutely have to read the others and be willing to commit to the crazy one hundred percent. If that’s not your bag, I get it because I’m not a fan of reading a series either. This one is an exception to the rule and in an even rarer turn of events if you follow me here you’ll have noticed I did a re-read of numbers 1 and 2 to catch up with my old pal because I love him that much. Also note this is a sloooooooooooooooooooooow roller. Good, bad or indifferent - You has become a television series and since I believe things are all caught up now (sorry – not a T.V. watcher – Penn Badgley makes a hot Joe, but hour long fictional programs bore me when I can read an entire book in a few), this definitely gives the impression that it is now being written for an instant morph into weekly episodes with multiple “a ha” and “WTF?!?!?” moments throughout the novel to drive the action. It may not be for everyone, but if you are a freak in the sheets there’s a solid chance that you love being stuck in Joe’s head and don’t mind just meandering along through his days with him until you get to the big reveals. And if you truly “get” Joe, you’ll find yourself continually amused with the dark humor contained within these pages. You’ll also find an ending that leaves you thirrrrrrrrrrrsty for the final installment in the series and once again falling to your knees at the altar of the Kepnes because she is such a delightful weirdo! Take my rating with a grain – or a bucket – of salt. I could give it 4 rather than 5, but fuck it. I’m here for the long haul and I love every G.D. second of it. From the LOLing at completely inappropriate circumstances to the shouting out loud and startling my children with “I’VE READ THAT!” when he references books such as Last Night at the Lobster or Fashion Victim. Joe is my person . . . . Now pardon me while I go check out a shitton of Debbie Macomber books from the library. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ORIGINAL "REVIEW" I'm coming for you Joe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Char

    That's right, Joe is baaack! Now he lives on an island, off the coast of Washington state and he's living the quiet life. No, really! He gets a job volunteering at a local library. Being that he is, well...Joe, he's noticed and taken a liking to the head librarian, Mary Kay. Has Joe really changed? Is he going to go after Mary Kay with his usual determination and internal scheming? You'll have to read this to find out! What I love most about this series is, (and I suspect it's the same reason as That's right, Joe is baaack! Now he lives on an island, off the coast of Washington state and he's living the quiet life. No, really! He gets a job volunteering at a local library. Being that he is, well...Joe, he's noticed and taken a liking to the head librarian, Mary Kay. Has Joe really changed? Is he going to go after Mary Kay with his usual determination and internal scheming? You'll have to read this to find out! What I love most about this series is, (and I suspect it's the same reason as a lot of other readers), that Joe is written in such a way, that we are actually rooting for the guy. In his twisted head, which we have access to, his thoughts make sense-not in a way that represents a lot of moral thinking, but sense just the same. In his thoughts, he's really trying to do his best to change. At least, at first. Like the other two books, there are a lot of cultural references and song tidbits-things like that, and I was happy to get most of them. Joe also has a way of referring to events or people with certain nicknames and that cracks me up because I do the same. I was giggling over the moniker "Strawberry Killer" but I can't tell you why right now. The only issue I had with this book and it's a small one, is that it became a bit difficult at times to follow the discussions because Joe was acting as another person. Does that make any sense? It slowed down my reading just a bit, because I wanted to be sure exactly what was happening. I think this is due to the second person point of view, and also because I'm obsessed with getting everything straight in my head where Joe is concerned. In fact, I may be a bit obsessed with Joe, in general. That's it, that's all I'm going to say. I don't want to spoil any of the deliciousness that awaits you. After all, YOU LOVE ME and I don't want to do anything to ruin that. Highly recommended! Available TODAY! Go get yourself some new Joe!! *Thank you to the author, publisher and to NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Hajar ~ My Top5

    I made a review video of this book 💜 https://youtu.be/c7sKBevmF-A 1. Where is the Love? Joe is out of a toxic situation and now he is ready to start fresh, what a surprise…NOT! So, hello there Mary Kaye DiMarco “MK”, you’re next! He sees her and he knows this time will be different, this time he will do it right. But…will there be a but? Knowing Joe, I went into the book waiting for all the but’s and red flags to fly in my face. 2. The Good Guy Syndrome Joe is adamant, this time around, to do things I made a review video of this book 💜 https://youtu.be/c7sKBevmF-A 1. Where is the Love? Joe is out of a toxic situation and now he is ready to start fresh, what a surprise…NOT! So, hello there Mary Kaye DiMarco “MK”, you’re next! He sees her and he knows this time will be different, this time he will do it right. But…will there be a but? Knowing Joe, I went into the book waiting for all the but’s and red flags to fly in my face. 2. The Good Guy Syndrome Joe is adamant, this time around, to do things right; to be the good guy, whatever that means to him. So, can he get his creepy side under control? Or will he let it run wild and just blame everyone else’s for his misery? I was excited to see Joe attempting to be the good guy and I had hope that this time, things might just turn out in his favour. 3. Kill them with Kindness As part of his reform, Joe is trying to lower his body count, so he tries to win MK the old-fashioned way while keeping his hands clean. The struggle must be real! Being in Joe’s mind is always a conflicting experience. He is meant to be likeable but also not so likeable. In his mind, it is never his fault. He is a good guy and why all of these questionable characters making it hard for him, when all he wants is to love and be loved in return, is that too much to ask for? 4. The End! Wait, What? When it’s all said and done, I was left staring at the last page, not quite sure how to feel about the ending. Was it rushed? Was it too much or was it too little? There was something about that ending that bothered me but that’s probably because I had high expectations for it and so I was bound to be let down; the ending somehow failed to live up to how good the rest of the book was. 5. The Final Verdict In a nutshell, it was a delight to be inside Joe’s mind for the third time. The highs and lows, the twists and turns make this book worth a read, maybe two. I would definitely recommend! I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this thrilling book. You can check out my reviews on Youtube and on my blog.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alena Reading

    Check out my new Booktube channel! After absolutely loving You and really enjoying Hidden Bodies, I am sorry to say that this third book turned out to be shockingly bad. The plot was mostly tedious and repetitive with some outlandish twists sprinkled in. It was the same story all over again - Joe "falls in love" with another damaged self-centered woman and then proceeds to change his personality to be her perfect boyfriend and to remove all obstacles (people) in her life. Only there are two differ Check out my new Booktube channel! After absolutely loving You and really enjoying Hidden Bodies, I am sorry to say that this third book turned out to be shockingly bad. The plot was mostly tedious and repetitive with some outlandish twists sprinkled in. It was the same story all over again - Joe "falls in love" with another damaged self-centered woman and then proceeds to change his personality to be her perfect boyfriend and to remove all obstacles (people) in her life. Only there are two differences from the previous books: 1. This time he doesn't have to kill anyone because all these people are very conveniently removed for him. 2. He's not entertaining and funny anymore which sucks because it was the best element of these books. I was ready to give this book 3 stars, maybe 2, but the last part and ending came so out of nowhere, and the epilogue was such an obvious preparation for the 4th book which will probably be the exact same story with different people, that I couldn't justify giving it anything more than 1 star. It honestly feels like a quick and sloppy cash grab after the success of the Netflix show, especially considering that the previous book was released many years ago. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, even fans of the series. Just watch the show or read the first two books on audio. This eARC was provided by Random House via Netgalley.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    I received a very early copy of YOU LOVE ME back in November of 2020 knowing full well that it was not due to release until April of 2021. My intentions were to hold out until now to read/review but I'll be honest and admit that I read it upon arrival. The YOU series of books by Caroline Kepnes is the single most binge-worthy series on the planet. Zero exaggeration. The first book, YOU is unputdownable. Literally, I could not put it down. Joe Goldberg is mesmerizing. Once readers get inside his I received a very early copy of YOU LOVE ME back in November of 2020 knowing full well that it was not due to release until April of 2021. My intentions were to hold out until now to read/review but I'll be honest and admit that I read it upon arrival. The YOU series of books by Caroline Kepnes is the single most binge-worthy series on the planet. Zero exaggeration. The first book, YOU is unputdownable. Literally, I could not put it down. Joe Goldberg is mesmerizing. Once readers get inside his head and start hearing his narcissistic, misogynistic, and manipulative voice as he navigates through life-you can't live without it. New readers are so lucky that there is no time at all to wait between YOU and the next book HIDDEN BODIES because the saga continues and Joe Goldberg is just more Joe-ish than ever. Then, along comes YOU LOVE ME. Up to this point, Joe has been infatuated with extremely flawed women that are not exactly "good" people. Not that any of them deserve the emotional gaslighting (and worse things) that Joe unleashes on the people he chooses to "love" but the women are not likable/relatable (to me, in my opinion). I don't see myself in the choices they make, the way they respond to certain situations, and ultimately, the danger they put themselves in. I think all of that is intentional. Because here's book 3 and the apple of Joe's eye is Mary Kaye DiMarco. She's a librarian in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. And she has a daughter. Basically, totally unavailable in every way but as we all know, nothing stops Joe Goldberg from getting what he wants. Nothing. Since this book won't be released for another month or so, this is as far as I'm willing to go with any plot details but I will say that this is the perfect third book for the series. Joe has aged. He's grown. He thinks he knows more about what he's looking for in terms of settling down with the right woman and it is ridiculously hysterical to be inside his head and listen to all the ways he convinces himself that he's really turned over a new leaf. His interactions with secondary characters are beyond entertaining. I loved all the colorful people Kepnes brought into Joe's life. As an extra bonus, living just a stone's throw from where the book is set was a delight-I knew the town and all the places mentioned--so fun. I think fans of the series are going to be happy with this third installment. And I'm already hearing buzz for book 4! Kepnes knows what her audience wants and she continues to deliver. I'm here for it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    You Love Me is a must read for fans of the You series. This is the third book in the series and a great continuation of the series. If you like the Netflix series, I highly recommend reading the books while you are waiting for the next season. The books are different than the show, so there were a few parts I was confused by thinking of what happens in the show versus the previous book. Joe returns with his typical creepiness and scheming. Joe has a new love interest and I loved the suspense to You Love Me is a must read for fans of the You series. This is the third book in the series and a great continuation of the series. If you like the Netflix series, I highly recommend reading the books while you are waiting for the next season. The books are different than the show, so there were a few parts I was confused by thinking of what happens in the show versus the previous book. Joe returns with his typical creepiness and scheming. Joe has a new love interest and I loved the suspense to see what will happen to her and Joe. The new love interest has more of a life than his previous girlfriends. This makes it harder for Joe to get close. I enjoyed seeing how Joe has changed but how he is still the same. It’s interesting to see the differences between his previous relationships and this one. You Love Me was my favorite book in the You series, and I am curious to see where the series goes next and how Joe evolves. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Santino Fontana and think he is the perfect voice for Joe (as well as Penn Badgley). Fontana’s narration added to the suspense and excitement of the book. Thank you Random House and Penguin Random House Audio for You Love Me. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: April 6, 2021 The psycho-stalker you can’t help but love is back! Caroline Kepnes brings Joe Goldberg back with a vengeance in her newest novel, “You Love Me”. Trying to leave the past behind him, Joe Goldberg moves from New York City to a small island town, hoping that a quaint and quiet life will be just what he needs to start over Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: April 6, 2021 The psycho-stalker you can’t help but love is back! Caroline Kepnes brings Joe Goldberg back with a vengeance in her newest novel, “You Love Me”. Trying to leave the past behind him, Joe Goldberg moves from New York City to a small island town, hoping that a quaint and quiet life will be just what he needs to start over. Joe buys a house and even volunteers at the library, and then he meets HER; his boss at the library, Mary Kaye DiMarco. Joe knows at first sight that he and Mary Kaye are meant to be and he finally sees a positive and fruitful future for himself, with Mary Kaye as his partner. Mary Kaye, however, has a teenage daughter and a famous husband, and she doesn’t seem willing to leave either of them behind to start over with Joe. Joe knows that it is his responsibility to help Mary Kaye see how much better her life would be with Joe in it, and he will stop at nothing to make that happen. “You Love Me” is the third novel in the obsessively addicting series, “You” (now a Netflix series starring Penn Badgley) . The good thing about this series is each novel is just as addicting as its predecessor yet, at the same time, you don’t need to read the other novels to be able to follow along (although I highly recommend it!) . Joe is the antihero everyone hates to love, and readers will once again be cheering for the romantic misfit. Joe is as charming and deeply disturbed as he was in the previous novels, and he will definitely endear himself once again to readers. The other characters in this novel are all equally deranged (and for such a small town to have so many psychos? Be careful Bainbridge, Stephen King may come calling!) and yet, regardless of this insanely improbable fact, “You Love Me” pulled me into its clutches, locked me in the Whisper Room, and held on for dear life. Another hands-down winner for Kepnes, and I hope to be able to continue to root for Joe in the stories to come!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    It hurts my heart to say this, but You Love Me was disappointing. As a fan of the books before the show, and a fan of the show, this just didn't measure up. I don't know, maybe if I hadn't watched the series in between reading Hidden Bodies and You Love Me I would have felt different? The ending/twists were just implausible, and the only reaction I had was a shrug and an eye roll. There were definitely a bunch of plot holes too. (view spoiler)[ The one that is bugging me the most - how did no one It hurts my heart to say this, but You Love Me was disappointing. As a fan of the books before the show, and a fan of the show, this just didn't measure up. I don't know, maybe if I hadn't watched the series in between reading Hidden Bodies and You Love Me I would have felt different? The ending/twists were just implausible, and the only reaction I had was a shrug and an eye roll. There were definitely a bunch of plot holes too. (view spoiler)[ The one that is bugging me the most - how did no one realize Malanda was missing? It's not like Joe packed up her place or cancelled her utilities. (hide spoiler)] While I enjoyed being back in Joe's head again, I just didn't feel whatever made the first two books (and Joe) so captivating. Will 100 percent still read another one if it comes though! Joe is still one of my favorite bad "good guys".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    The whole You book series is such a guilty pleasure for me. The third installment did not disappoint.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zoeytron

    Sunny California has lost its luster for psycho stalker Joe, and he has resettled in Bainbridge, Washington.  Time for a fresh start.  This time, he is vowing to be good.  No stalking, no shadowing, no pushing.  His sights are set on a librarian this time.  Joe loves his books, after all.  And words, especially your words.  You know, the ones you speak and that his skewed interpretation turns into exactly what he wants to hear.  It can be a bad business.  I really was looking forward to ensconcin Sunny California has lost its luster for psycho stalker Joe, and he has resettled in Bainbridge, Washington.  Time for a fresh start.  This time, he is vowing to be good.  No stalking, no shadowing, no pushing.  His sights are set on a librarian this time.  Joe loves his books, after all.  And words, especially your words.  You know, the ones you speak and that his skewed interpretation turns into exactly what he wants to hear.  It can be a bad business.  I really was looking forward to ensconcing myself in Joe's head again, into that toxic mess of a brain.  But somehow, the thrill is gone.  Not sure if I have just become inured to his shenanigans or what, but the ongoing conversation in his head lost its charm for me this go-around.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gem ~Zero Shelf Control~

    I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings. Overall rating : 5* Writing skill : 5* Plot: 4* Characters: 4* Pace: 4* Joe's Creepiness: 4* (for context I ratedYou ⭐️⭐️⭐️ & Hidden Bodies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) I was so excited when I saw that there was going to be a third installment, I had not had enough of Joes stalker ways. And boy was I not disappointed. I did worry I would grow tired of his weirdness, but actu I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings. Overall rating : 5* Writing skill : 5* Plot: 4* Characters: 4* Pace: 4* Joe's Creepiness: 4* (for context I ratedYou ⭐️⭐️⭐️ & Hidden Bodies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) I was so excited when I saw that there was going to be a third installment, I had not had enough of Joes stalker ways. And boy was I not disappointed. I did worry I would grow tired of his weirdness, but actually I love him more as a character that he manages to keep it up time after time. The characters in this were were great, they all added a little bit more to the story (was not a fan of Beck & Peaches or Forty) and the twists and turns along the way seemed a fresh way of progressing Joes character. I'm now going to go a find out if there's a third season commissioned for Netflix. Fingers Crossed!

  23. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    I love that this book is like the first and is written to the reader, as if Joe is talking to us...even though it is really inner dialogue. And although this is the third book in the series You Love Me was still a brilliant read, there was no failure to continue the creepiness of Joe and what a psycho he is. (What does it say about me that I enjoyed it so much and was kind of cheering him on?) The first book in this series was excellent and I enjoyed number two but not as much.... This time arou I love that this book is like the first and is written to the reader, as if Joe is talking to us...even though it is really inner dialogue. And although this is the third book in the series You Love Me was still a brilliant read, there was no failure to continue the creepiness of Joe and what a psycho he is. (What does it say about me that I enjoyed it so much and was kind of cheering him on?) The first book in this series was excellent and I enjoyed number two but not as much.... This time around Caroline Kepnes is back at the top of her game and so is Joe. The way this was written pulled you as the reader right into the story. I won't spoil the end for those who haven't read it yet but it will ruin the series for you as there are spoilers if you haven't read book two and watch the Netflix show. This thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat with enough decent twists and turns along the way to keep you fully engrossed. Caroline Kepnes, if you ever read this - you need to write a fourth book, I want to know what happens next. Disclousure: Thank you NetGalley, Caroline Kepnes and Random House Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #YouLoveMe #NetGalley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Just Another Perfectionist

    When "You Love Me" was suddenly announced, I was torn up about how to feel at the news Joe would be getting a third book. Years had passed without any reports about a continuation after book #2's publication in 2016 and "Hidden Bodies" open ending actually made sense as a conclusion. I quite liked how that book ended and didn't see why a third book is needed aside from the show needing it as "loose inspiration". After how much they changed in season 2, I really doubt they needed any kind of sourc When "You Love Me" was suddenly announced, I was torn up about how to feel at the news Joe would be getting a third book. Years had passed without any reports about a continuation after book #2's publication in 2016 and "Hidden Bodies" open ending actually made sense as a conclusion. I quite liked how that book ended and didn't see why a third book is needed aside from the show needing it as "loose inspiration". After how much they changed in season 2, I really doubt they needed any kind of source material/a whole new book to write a plot for season 3. Especially of the expense of ruining the book series. Seeing how the second season of the adaptation ended I expected the story of YLM to be just another repeat of the following formula: Joe gets f*cked over by a woman->runs away to a new place->meets a new "YOU" (girl)->falls for her and stalks her while getting rid of people that stand in his way->girl turns out to be messed up & very unlikable->they get together despite that->something happens to separate them->Joe meets another girl And sadly, this is exactly what this book turned out to be, with some slight changes & predictable twists sprinkled in. THE CHANGES TO LOVE QUINN'S CHARACTER IN SEASON 2 (IT'S CONNECTED TO BOOK 3): In the show the biggest twist was Love being a psycho that killed people and let (dead) Forty take the fall. When Joe saw her true self, he fell out of love with her, because she was too much like him. In book 2 Love was actually a person that loved her psycho brother despite all his faults & had the same attitude for Joe when he finally came clean about his murderous side. The major changes in season 2 created a huge gap between the books and the adaptation, so the author had to create a bridge with book 3: which meant book Love had to become evil like TV Love so Joe has an excuse to move onto another woman. THE PLOT: At the end of book 2 Joe gets caught by the police and thrown in prison, but because of how influential Love's family is, he's hopeful he'll eventually get out and that together with Love they would raise their daughter. In the beginning of YLM we find out that he did in fact get released, but he missed his son's birth, and the moment he became a free man his lawyers (that Love's rich parents paid for) made him sign his parental rights away in exchange for 4 Million dollars and a house, it's either that he takes the money or gets k!lled by a goon in the lawyers' office. While incarcerated Joe had a plan to buy a house on Bainbridge Island, one that conveniently has a "whisper room" that's basically just the new cage. He would show photos to Love and gush about their future. Now richer by 4 Million and avoiding true crime obsessed people that believe he's a k!ller Joe moves to BI where he starts as a volunteer in a library. His target of obsession is Mary Kay, the 40-something (single) mother that would be his boss. THE CHARACTERS: - Joe 'Here YOU are again' Goldberg: Despite all the things he went through Joe didn't seem like her learned much from the previous two books. "I want to write to Dr. Nicky and tell him to read the Basic Text because it made me realize what we had in common way back when: addiction to toxic women." - Mary Kay 'It's all about ME, yeah!' DiMarco: In her forties (though she doesn't act like it), a mother of 17-year old Nomi. Mary Kay was an awful friend, wife, mother, girlfriend and overall a highly unlikable human. She was a big narcissist that loved playing the victim whenever she could, would make any situation about herself and secretly fed on people talking badly about her. "Some people who take on the role of victim might seem to enjoy blaming others for problems they cause, lashing out and making others feel guilty, or manipulating others for sympathy and attention. But, Botnick suggests, toxic behavior like this may be more often associated with narcissistic personality disorder." #1 BAD WIFE - MK stayed in unhappy marriage to a rock star addict & would refuse to wear her wedding ring from the moment they basically got married. The excuse was it's so she keeps him alive and sober, when in reality she clearly enjoyed people's attention (hence as to why she also wears tights constantly because it reminds her of the days she was Phil's MUSE, the center of attention), even if it meant staying in a toxic marriage that might ruin her daughter. She didn't even tell Joe she's married for a very long time, leading him to believe she's a single mother. "I want him. But you can’t do this in life. You can’t leave your husband for his brother but they’re half brothers and oh god what is wrong with me? I want olives. I want Ivan." Mary Kay cheated on her husband at least with two different men: with Joe and Phil's half-brother Ivan. Back to MK loving being the victim: She knew Phil was cheating with her bestie Melanda for 10 years (half their marriage basically), she never said anything and even used the "they played me" as an excuse later on. # A SUPPORTER OF AN ABUSER - Ivan turned out to be a cultist creep that would recruit women into his "feelings aren't real" schemes and abuse them. At least 19 women came forward about it. When this happened Ivan was staying in MK's house after her husband k!lled himself, he literally blammed it all on the women, raging in front of her, saying that they asked for it. “You call yourself a lawyer? You wait four hours to call me back and you pooh-pooh me when I suest we offer these girls some money? Since when did all these women become allergic to money? Before or after they became allergic to d!ck?” Even after these words, MK doesn't change her opinion on Ivan. Later she even makes the move to invite him to her wedding to Joe and says how she won't forgive he declined the invitation. What kind of person wants an exposed abuser, the same man she cheated with on her previous husband, to be on her wedding to a new man? To be around her 18-year old daughter? The most trashiest kind of person. #JOKE OF A GIRLFRIEND MK < Beck < Love MK would lead Joe on for weeks, not admitting she's married, would ghost him, rub one out in front of him or jump him then run away and demand he forget it ever happened, repeat, repeat. The day her husband k!lled himself she spent it with Joe so she held that against him. Like it's all his fault. Time & time again she would try to gaslight Joe, tell him how he feels or that he can't actually love. After the funeral she let the brother she cheated with stay at her house, she even went and dumped Joe with this: Mary Kay doesn't believe Joe deserves her time or explanations, that she can just dump someone because Ivan came back into her life now that Phil is dead. She was so weak! The victim! Joe tricked her into the relationship! (Joe's excuse for her acting this way was that Ivan was "brainwashing her", but after reading the whole book, I can't accept it.) The moment Ivan turned out to be a creep and sold her house to pay his lawyers MK was quick to move in Joe's guesthouse and get back together with him and show him off on Instagram. What kind of reaction would you expect a woman to have when she learns the man she loves just got sh0t in the head and had like 5% chance of survival? Concerned? Rushing to see him? None of that from Mary Kay. (For context: After MK moved in with Joe to his house from the guest one, Love called him and blackmailed him into going to LA. There she shot him, because she didn't want him to hurt/mess other people like he messed up Beck, Forty... & k!lled herself. Once Joe got hold of his phone he kept calling MK, who ghosted him yet again, then rushed to see her the moment he was back on the island, without resting despite his head injury.) “Mary Kay.” “Nope. Don’t even try.” “I’m sorry.” “Nyet.” “I got shot.” “That’s nice.” That’s not nice and I touch the bandage on my temple and you fold your arms. “If you came here looking for pity, you may as well just leave.” “I know I fucked up. I was in the hospital, Mary Kay. I got shot and I called you… I texted you… Hell, I tried to send you guys a pizza.” “You can’t do this to me, Mary Kay. You can’t refuse to alk about it.” “No, Joe. See that’s the thing that you don’t seem to understand about relationships, about women. Your feelings are not my responsibility.” Maybe give him a second after he almost died? After you lied to him for weeks and led him on? True love here. What kind of person says it's nice the man she loves got shot? All because he didn't wake her up and left her a note he has to fly to LA for an emergency. #MOTHER OF THE YEAR - If the way she treated Joe when he got sh0t wasn't enough to prove how awful and self-centered MK is, this part certainly did: The way she mothered Nomi. For context: At the end of YLM it's revealed Nomi was groomed by MK's creepy friend Seamus for years. When she met Joe she started to like him & thought he was also interested in her, not in her mother. In chapter 50-51 Nomi tries to make a move on Joe and admits about her feelings. MK & Joe had their wedding already, all that's left was to sign the papers soon. Mary Kay comes back home and catches Joe being close with her daughter. An argument ensues, with Nomi insisting Joe kissed her, blamming him & crying. Here MK refuses to comfort her own daughter & insists she's lying, that her gut is telling her Joe wouldn't do such thing. What kind of mother would choose believing her lover instead of her daughter, especially when Nomi hasn't done anything to break her trust before? (Yes, Joe hadn't done exactly that, but he was making weird comments about Nomi's hips and how he pictures his son, a young version of him, making moves on her. Such a weird thing to say) A mother should put her child first, at least comfort them, especially with such serious accusations. When Nomi finally breaks down and admits about the abu$e from Seamus, and blames her mother for not paying attention or seeing her cries for help, Mary Kay throws all the blame on her dead sh!tty husband and Melanda. Then because she can't handle not being a victim in this serious situation, she has to make it about herself: “At some point, we all learn that our parents are flawed. Your auntie Melanda was having an affair with your father, okay? Your father was sleeping with my best friend. So before you go putting them both on pedestals… well, that’s what your beloved father and your beloved aunt did to ME.” Imagine learning your daughter was s. abu$ed by a man you brought into her life and making it all about yourself and how your husband cheated!! After more back & forth MK makes a move to hug Nomi while saying she's NOT MAD AT HER, which results in the daughter pushing her down a set of stairs and MK ending up in a coma. Yeah, somehow, I can't bring myself to care about MK's sad fate. - Love Quinn:It felt so cheap that she suddenly became the villain, after she stole evidence for Joe, after she accepted he's a k!ller and kept his secret even when the police questioned her about him. The only reason for the change that contradicts her whole character was so a third book can exist and she can be closer to her TV version. Love was angry at Joe for giving up on her and their son, Forty (named after her psycho twin), she expected him to d!e trying to get them back. That he won't just take the money and find a new woman. "You lose your son and what do you do? You run off and find yourself a new family. There’s something wrong with both of us, Joe. It’s a fact.” “No, there isn’t, Love. We’re not defective. We’re survivors. That’s a good thing.” I wouldn't call replacing your son with a new woman and her daughter "surviving". Can't really say Joe was thinking non-stop about his son. At the end he gave up, expecting Forty might find him one day when he's old. THE WRITING: the good & the bad The book was had my attention to a certain point, then it started to drag & I found myself being stuck at the last 15% and just avoiding it for days. I blame it entirely on how awful the characters were, especially MK and how Joe would constantly defend her actions. In the beginning he would call her out occasionally, but that was so short lived. There were a lot of convenient things (who tf owned the house before Joe & why did they need a whisper cage room?) & the twists were sadly kinda predictable. The very first one was ruined for me after watching season 2 where they showed the new "YOU" wearing a ring: The writing had its peak moments, like Joe writing a heavy goodbye message from Melanda to MK or sneaking into MK's house and creating problems so her & Phil would fight. Sadly those couldn't make up for all the bad stuff. "You Love Me" by Caroline Kepnes was a disappointing addition to the series, a book that just repeats the same formula again & again: to the point of Joe losing MK at the end and looking at a new girl entering his new bookstore. If that wasn't a hint for a fourth book... The story kept me invested to a certain stage, but lost me with its second half and how much it relied on shock factors & toxic characters. Honestly, I wish I never started this one, I should have trusted my gut. After finishing, I can't help but think this book only exists because the TV adaptation got another season. I can only hope there won't be a fourth one, seeing how nothing new came out of #3. Joe's story should have been put to rest after Hidden Bodies.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    This is the third book in series about Joe Goldberg. Joe has moved to a small town to get away from his past and start again. This time he wants to do things right, no stalking, obsessing or killing, he just wants to be a nice caring, friendly guy. Then he meets his new boss Mary Kaye and things are not as easy as he hoped. I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this book was more about what was going on inside his head and I found myself skimming parts of the book. Thank you to NetGalley This is the third book in series about Joe Goldberg. Joe has moved to a small town to get away from his past and start again. This time he wants to do things right, no stalking, obsessing or killing, he just wants to be a nice caring, friendly guy. Then he meets his new boss Mary Kaye and things are not as easy as he hoped. I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this book was more about what was going on inside his head and I found myself skimming parts of the book. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    The only thing I love more than Joe Goldberg is.... MORE Joe Goldberg! In this third installment of Kepnes' You series, Joe is back and more deranged than ever. Following the events of Hidden Bodies, Joe has come into some money and moved to Bainbridge Island in Seattle - certainly a change from New York & LA of former books. Working at the local library, Joe instantly latches on to librarian Mary Kay from the minute she describes her Gilmore Girls-esque life. Since this is a Joe Goldberg story, The only thing I love more than Joe Goldberg is.... MORE Joe Goldberg! In this third installment of Kepnes' You series, Joe is back and more deranged than ever. Following the events of Hidden Bodies, Joe has come into some money and moved to Bainbridge Island in Seattle - certainly a change from New York & LA of former books. Working at the local library, Joe instantly latches on to librarian Mary Kay from the minute she describes her Gilmore Girls-esque life. Since this is a Joe Goldberg story, nothing goes to plan and murderous stalkery antics ensue - this may seem repetitive to some, but Kepnes brings such a fresh take to each of the books that they never feel stale or overdone to me. My biggest regret is that I finished in one day and now need to wait for more Joe. Luckily, the third season of the Netflix show will be here soon! Thank you to Random House for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    It's 2021. I finally have the book after only 2 months 2 years of waiting. The first chapters are certainly uninspiring. When does it come OUT?!!!!!! Edit: This better not feature a cliffhanger because I'm fighting It's 2021. I finally have the book after only 2 months 2 years of waiting. The first chapters are certainly uninspiring. When does it come OUT?!!!!!! Edit: This better not feature a cliffhanger because I'm fighting

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    "I moved here because the murder rate is low..." Joe is back, looking for love, and a crime free community, because you know...Joe is all about safety (and the ladies, and obsession, and stalking)! Joe has moved and is volunteering in a library - it is no bookstore, but he is in his element - plus, the librarian is well, obsession worthy. She is solid, she has a job, a teenage daughter and is also hot. What is not to love? If you have read the first two books in the series (or watched, You on Netf "I moved here because the murder rate is low..." Joe is back, looking for love, and a crime free community, because you know...Joe is all about safety (and the ladies, and obsession, and stalking)! Joe has moved and is volunteering in a library - it is no bookstore, but he is in his element - plus, the librarian is well, obsession worthy. She is solid, she has a job, a teenage daughter and is also hot. What is not to love? If you have read the first two books in the series (or watched, You on Netflix) you know Joe's M.O. He thinks A LOT. The reader is privy to his thoughts and in this book, they range from funny to sinister. He is a character that readers love to hate or shall I say readers hate to love. Either way, Joe makes his mark. "Cedar Grove meets Dexter" Unfortunately, parts of this book felt too drawn out and slow for me. His love interest, Mary Kay is wishy washy and annoyed me at times. But Joe did not seem to mind so who am I too judge...but I wish she had more oomph. I was so over her going back and forth with her feelings .... I want to be with you...this never happened, I love you.... I cannot do this.... This feels so right.... oops, I did not mean that. Make up your mind woman! But then again, she is dating Joe and he is well... we all know how he is. So how to rate this book???? While it was slow and drawn out in parts for me, there were parts that really worked and when they worked - the book shined. The second half of the book was better and moved faster for me. Plus, there are some interesting supporting characters and a couple of twists that this reader did not see coming! What you will see coming is book #4 which I will be on the hunt for. I am torn between 3 and 3.5 stars. This book although slow in parts, is brilliant in other parts. Thank you to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Heeeeey Joe, where you going… now that you’ve been released from prison and sworn off Love (the woman, not the emotion)? My favorite fictional sociopath is back and this time he’s decided to settle down in a cozy town in the Pacific Northwest where he promptly meets and falls in love with local librarian Mary Kay DiMarco. There’s some serious flirting but Mary Kay resists Joe’s charm - she’s a busy mom; her daughter is finishing up her senior year, blah blah, excuses. Joe is ready and willing to Heeeeey Joe, where you going… now that you’ve been released from prison and sworn off Love (the woman, not the emotion)? My favorite fictional sociopath is back and this time he’s decided to settle down in a cozy town in the Pacific Northwest where he promptly meets and falls in love with local librarian Mary Kay DiMarco. There’s some serious flirting but Mary Kay resists Joe’s charm - she’s a busy mom; her daughter is finishing up her senior year, blah blah, excuses. Joe is ready and willing to be patient — he won’t stalk her across social media, he won’t obsess over every encounter. But Mary Kay may have forgotten to mention one teeny tiny bit of personal information that could put a wrench in their unfolding love story. Whatever, Joe is in it for the long haul. He’s committed. He can be who Mary Kay needs him to be as tragedy befalls her personal life. Caroline Kepnes has given us the third installment of Joe Goldberg and it was worth the wait after the cliffhanger in Hidden Bodies! Joe has once again “fallen in love” and the object of his obsession eventually falls into his open arms as her world falls apart. Joe is there for her through an epic amount of personal drama and she’s yet another woman who doesn’t realize Joe is behind the drama until things have gone too far. I will say there was a bit of a lull in the middle — this series has a very specific formula so while we don’t know the exact circumstance ahead, we know the gist of what’s coming. The ending was unexpected but drawn out for the climax that was delivered. You Love Me is well worth the read, highly entertaining as always, and includes a couple twists I didn’t see coming! Huuuuge thanks to Random House and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year in exchange for my honest review. You Love Me is scheduled for release on April 6, 2021. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks

    Oh Joe. I loved being back in his head. From the first chapter it felt like coming home. Joe just wants to be happy, he just wants to find his true love, which wasn't Love and now we know why. I was not sure how I would feel about this one when I saw the blurb, I didn't know how she could change it up in a way that worked, but she did. Joe moves to a small town after things go down with the Quinn's. He leaves Love and their son and is making a new life. He starts to volunteer at a library and tha Oh Joe. I loved being back in his head. From the first chapter it felt like coming home. Joe just wants to be happy, he just wants to find his true love, which wasn't Love and now we know why. I was not sure how I would feel about this one when I saw the blurb, I didn't know how she could change it up in a way that worked, but she did. Joe moves to a small town after things go down with the Quinn's. He leaves Love and their son and is making a new life. He starts to volunteer at a library and that is where he meets YOU, I mean Mary Kay. Immediately, he is drawn to her and begins all the fantasies in his head. Things are going to be a little more difficult this time for Joe because there are people that want to stand in the way of their happiness. Those pesky people. They really don't know Joe and the lengths he will go to for what he wants. This book was long, super long and so many things happen in this book. I felt like I was jumping all over the place here, one revelation after another. I am in awe of how Caroline Kepnes can write in second person so well and make me feel like I am INSIDE Joe's head. He is so easy to root for when you ARE HIM. I love this series and if you love Joe, you will too. Thank you to Random House, Netgalley and Caroline Kepnes for an early copy of this book.

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