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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  9,629 ratings  ·  1,647 reviews
Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he's suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity ...more
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Lenny
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Le sigh. Maybe I’ve just hit a reading slump, but it seems like my concerns going into this one ended up being valid (for me) after all. I’m very touch and go with the fantasy/science fiction that I enjoy; rarely do I read any type of urban fantasy and I typically only pick up the YA variety. However, going in knowing that the main characters are younger in the beginning of the novel, I was willing to give this one a go. I’m going to chalk this up to a mismatch of reader and book; the book wasn’ ...more
Edward Lorn
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With Providence, Caroline Kepnes proves that she's not a one-hit (one-character?) wonder. There will certainly be those who dislike this novel based solely on the fact that it is not another Joe Goldberg story, but those people should be ignored. Same goes for anyone who bitches about the supernatural aspect. You can't please everyone all the time, and I'm glad Kepnes branched out into weirdish territory.

Providence is terrific, from start to finish, and it just goes to show how versatile the au
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
When the newest book, Providence, by Caroline Kepnes became available, I excitedly requested and downloaded it on NetGalley. Her first book, You, is one of my favorites, and her second, Hidden Bodies, was very strong. I rushed through Providence this week turning the pages and watching a strange story unfold before my eyes. There are many parts I enjoyed, a few I thought were just okay, and in the end would give it about 3.5 stars.

Let's start out with a little bit about the story... two teenager
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My reactions while reading this book can basically be summed up in a single word: Okay! Okay. Okay? Okay...

Spoiler alert: this book was not okay.

Dear people who read this book and gave it five stars - what the hell? Did you get a different book than I did? What is this so-called brilliant homage that you read, because I got a really lame story about this boy in the friend-zone who ends up obsessed with this manic pixie dream girl stereot
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
3.5 mishmash stars to Providence! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

I listened to Caroline Kepnes’ YOU on audio this exact same time two years ago. THAT was an experience, and if you enjoy audios and don’t mind disturbing content, it’s the best audio I know. When I saw Kepnes had a new thriller releasing under the new imprint Lenny (by Lena Dunham), I jumped at the chance to read Providence.

Providence is a mishmash of genres- thriller, paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult - and also a bit of a mishmash on how I felt
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unite science fiction, missing person mystery, and love story and you have Providence, a novel by Caroline Kepnes.
Jon, a middle schooler, vanished on his way to school. Four years later, he reappears only now as a bigger, healthier, stronger specimen. There are inexplicable consequences of Jon’s missing four years.
Chloe, Jon’s best friend/soul mate is pleased when Jon reappears but changes have also occurred in her life over the four years.
The interactions of Jon and Chloe are the backbone of th
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Jon and Chloe are best friends who have grown up together in a small town in New Hampshire. Jon is sort of an outcast and is bullied by his peers. Chloe does not care when her friends ridicule her for sitting with Jon at lunch or for hanging out with him after school. Both feel a connection to the other and feel as if he/she has finally found someone who "gets" him/her. Then one day Jon is kidnapped and not seen or heard from in four years.

Chloe has gone on with her life and makes attempts to fi
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4 Wild Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wow! This book was nothing and I mean nothing like Caroline Kepnes’s previous books.... this book was a mixture of young adult, crime fiction, the supernatural, and much more! It was a genre potpourri... and it worked... because the thing this had in common with Caroline’s previous books is it was very well written with some interesting characters.... I just don’t want you to enter this book thinking it is a dark demented twisted psychological thriller, it is far from that...
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Firstly, I need to mention how very different this book is to Ms. Kepnes' previous books You and Hidden Bodies. So much so that I think peoples reactions to this are going to be all over the place. Where do I stand? I LOVED IT!!!!

Where You and Hidden Bodies were dysfunctional (putting it mildly) love stories this is a more of a classic love story. There is never a doubt that Jon and Chloe are in love and what they will do or won't do to preserve that love. Here's the thing....I don't do love st
4.5/5 stars!

PROVIDENCE is a tale of love and heartbreak, (literally and figuratively), infused throughout with a powerful longing for something that's just out of reach. I. LOVED. IT. !!

Young Jon Bronson is stolen away from his life and his first love, Chloe. He wakes up in a body he doesn't recognize because it's been 4 years since he was taken. The only clue he has as to what happened is a copy of Lovecraft's THE DUNWICH HORROR which contains a short note to him inside. He soon discovers this
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
To be published by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s imprint Lenny, Providence is a book targeted at millennials. I am not a millennial and quite far from it. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of You (Kepnes first book) I thought a different publisher, a different editor and a departure from form would make for a different reading experience. It is that but it isn’t for me. Heavily reliant upon Lovecraft, which I haven’t read since high school, this book doesn’t seem to know what it is. I wouldn’t call ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Anyone who has followed my reviews may have heard me mention Caroline Kepnes first book YOU and how much I loved that story so of course I was going to grab anything else that she had written. Picking up Providence I was well aware that it was nothing like YOU and that was perfectly fine with me as I don’t want to read the same story over and over again and love mixing things up and branching out. However, after reading Providence I can’t lie and say I really enjoyed this one.

The story started o
Dan Schwent
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
When Jon Bronson disappears on the way to school one day, he leaves his best friend Chloe wondering what happened to him. Four years later, he wakes up in a basement, jacked up and with no memory of the past four years, only a copy of The Dunwich Horror with some notes written inside. Will Jon and Chloe be able to pick up where they left off?

This was a Netgalley pick. Edward Lorn and some other trusted reviewers have sung the praises of Caroline Kepnes in the past so I decided to take a chance.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was a massive fan of Caroline Kepnes' book YOU. It was intense, intriguing, captivating, and terrifying (in an "OMG am I rooting for this psychopath?" kinda way). I've yet to read Hidden Bodies, the sequel, but it's on my plan for this year. When I saw this new standalone from her on Netgalley, I had to request it. YOU was just so compelling that I knew this one would have to be awesome.

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So many thoughts. Please bear with me . . . .

The basics of Providence is that it is about a boy who disappeared and returned four years later . . . different than he was before. It becomes his mission over the years to “fix” himself of this change in order to be with the girl he has always loved. In addition to that story is one that runs parallel about a detective trying to figure out what really caused a series of death by heart
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A connection lost, then found again.  Providence, fate, the hand of God.  Spontaneous nosebleeds, instant healing, imagined things becoming real.  

I loved this author's You and Hidden Bodies.  This one, not so much, although I suspect aficionados of all things Lovecraftian will dig on it.  I have never read The Dunwich Horror and although I was more or less successful at cobbling things together from the context, the overall read pro
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Have you ever read a book that you couldn't put down, but you had no idea why? Do you love it? Is it just like a trainwreck you can't look away from? You can't stop thinking about it, but you aren't sure if it's because the story was amazing or you're unfulfilled? Well, that is exactly how I felt about Providence. I was conflicted in more ways than one, and I had no idea how to rate it for weeks.

Thankfully, I finally settled on a 4. I'm still not sure if that's right, but upon reflection, I rea
Sadie Hartmann
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
After reading YOU and Hidden Bodies earlier this year and falling madly in love with Caroline Kepnes' writing style, you can imagine how eager I was to read Providence by Caroline Kepnes. Now, Providence is not a 'Joe & Beck' story, let's just clarify that straight away. YOU and Hidden Bodies are the Joe & Beck stories and if you haven't read those two books, I highly recommend them (You is my favorite of the two-I have Goodreads reviews for both)
Providence is a 'Jon & Chloe' story.
What the fuck is this book? This book was my most anticipated book of the year, because You is one of my favorite books of all time. I read this books description and I thought it sounded so cool and I couldn't wait to read it and now I'm just like..... what??? This book was strange. Probably one of the strangest books I've ever read. This book was trying to be so many things at once and failing at all of them. This was part mystery, part romance, part supernatural, part detective story, part th ...more
Oh Lord how I've tried to finish this book! Unfortunately, it's just not going to happen. I think I've attempted it no fewer than 6 times at this point (always thinking I was just in the wrong frame of mind for this type of story), but I'm never able to get further than 40% of the way through. Maybe it's about to get better just after that point, but I don't have any more tries left in me.

This book starts out with the same compelling writing style that made Caroline Kepnes's You so very unpu
There is a lot going on in this book, and I really, really wish the author Caroline Kepnes had an interview already released somewhere that reveals her inspiration or intended message. Is this a reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft's short story: The Dunwich Horror? It is the creation of a character meant to reflect H.P. Lovecraft's own personal demons? Or is it simply an involved thriller that originated from the very imaginative mind of its author? Very likely, it's a mixture of all three things.

Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch


Caroline Kepnes is one of the best wordsmiths of our generation. Plain and simple.

This highly intelligent suspenseful read is nothing short of breathtaking... You may or may not have read You. (*whispers if you haven't YOU have to!!!) If you have, trust me when I say Kepnes blew it out of the water with Providence. I'm still left hypnotized by her words. The beauty, the pain, the human insight... I almost feel like I'm in a trace. I can't fo
2.5 to 3 stars

Sigh . . . this is the second Kepnes book in a row for me with lackluster returns. I guess starting with You was a mistake because it has been tough finding a decent follow-up from her. For me, the two biggest complaints are that it is too drawn out and didn’t deliver.

First for some positive:

The premise and build up of this story were unique and interesting. It starts right off by providing a lot of suspense and mystery. After the first few chapters there were so many unanswered qu
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
My, oh my is Caroline Kepnes a unique creature... she needs to be in a genre of her own! Although I’m a romantic, I don’t typically read love stories. Although I’m a fan of shows such as Stranger Things and X-Files, I tend to stray away from novels in the fantasy genre as well. But, I’m seriously convinced I would read anything created from the mind of Caroline Kepnes. This is unlike the YOU series so I encourage you to begin this read with an open mind and without the expectation of Joe. Jon is ...more
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Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-review
Oh, this book. How on earth does one review such a unique book without ruining the experience for others? This is one of those books that you should experience going in nearly cold.

Strangely enough this book takes place in a town five minutes from my home. Me, being me, was reading every Nashua reference with a squinty eye looking for a nit to pick but I didn’t find anything to bitch about. Nashua is not a very exciting place, if you ask me, and it was fun imagining this weird stuff happening so
Ashley Daviau
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first book by Kepnes was You and I was skeptical that anything else she wrote could be as good. I’m glad to say that I was wrong, this book is absolutely BRILLIANT and blew You out of the water in my humble opinion. I love the little dip into the supernatural that Kepnes takes in this novel, it adds a whole new level to her work and I was all for it. This is such a deliciously weird little story and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, I absolutely DEVOURED this story. When I wasn’t reading ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
Worth a read.

Loved the concept, but the execution was murky. If you need concrete answers you may feel unfulfilled. I was always intrigued and the audiobook narrators were fantastic.

Content: Kidnapping. Human trafficking (very brief). Heart attack. Cancer. R slur used by bad guy. F slur & gay used as an insult by bad guy. Bad guy slaps his girlfriend once. I'm unsure if the attitudes toward an autistic side character were healthy.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

I was a little apprehensive going into Providence because of all the less than stellar reviews out there. Not that I wouldn't read it since it is written by one of my favorite's Caroline Kepnes, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Well I'm very glad to have gotten a chance to read this book because I really enjoyed it.

Providence is about Jon who gets kidnapped only to return 4 years later a completely changed person. He now has certain powers, and fearing for the people around h
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I did not want to put this book down. I was immediately drawn in, and so in love with the characters and their stories. Providence is another amazing novel from a writer who is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Jon Bronson is the kid that the popular boys pick on. But Jon is friends with Chloe, a beautiful and popular girl who doesn't care what the other kids at school think about her friendship with Jon. They are close, and when one day Jon disappears on his way to school, Chloe's world goes
As kids, Jon and Chloe are best friends, even though she realizes that Jon is a little different from the other kids. Then one day Jon vanishes after taking a shortcut on his way to school. The town searches for him, but it's a bit halfhearted they must admit, as he is not one of the popular and beloved kids. But his absence strikes Chloe in the heart. She finds solace in her art and begins fitting in better at school, making more friends. Still, she cannot forget Jon or how much he meant to her ...more
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