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You Love Me

(You #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,014 ratings  ·  687 reviews
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
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Published April 6th 2021 by Random House Audio
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael David
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hello, hey Joe. You wanna give love another go?

See what I did there? 🤣


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
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Charlotte May
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as library-loans  ·  review of another edition
Ooh a third book?! I'm down for more of Joe and his crazy psychopathic ways! ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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
✨ 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
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 ...more
Catherine Woodward
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 4-stars
**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
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“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
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
Dr. Hajar ~ My Top5
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I made a review video of this book 💜

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
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
Sadie Hartmann
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Erin Clemence
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
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
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)
Jenny Lawson
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The whole You book series is such a guilty pleasure for me. The third installment did not disappoint.
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
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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
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
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, ...more
Apr 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
When does it come OUT?!!!!!!

Edit: This better not feature a cliffhanger because I'm fighting
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"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
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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
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
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
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Judy D Collins
OMG! YOU LOVE ME is the BEST in the YOU (Joe Goldberg) series! (my favorite) If I could give this ten stars, I would.

"Caroline Kepnes is a writing Goddess!!"

She exudes so much confidence in her writing, keeping you entertained with every page turn, it is difficult to tear yourself away once you start reading. She keeps getting better and better.

If the (King) of thrillers, Stephen King, had a baby with (Queen) of thrillers, Caroline Kepnes, it would be —JOE GOLDBERG!

A massive fan of both th
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.
Melissa Borsey
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great being back in Joe’s head again! Joe is in love again but this time it’s different, Joe is different. He is determined to win over Mary Kaye the right way. Unfortunately, people are getting in the way and Joe has a lot to deal with. Well worth the read! I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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