New York Times bestselling author Caroline Kepnes, whose acclaimed YOU series inspired the hit show on Netflix, follows Joe Goldberg to the hallowed halls of Harvard, where he earns a coveted place in a writing fellowship . . . and leaves crimson in his wake.
“Joe Goldberg might be a narcissistic, manipulative, murderous, utterly unreliable narrator, but he’s damn entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Joe Goldberg is ready for a change. Instead of selling books, he’s writing them. And he’s off to a good start. Glenn Shoddy, an acclaimed literary author, recognizes Joe’s genius and invites him to join a tight-knit writing fellowship at Harvard. Finally, Joe will be in a place where talent matters more than pedigree . . . where intellect is the great equalizer and anything is possible. Even happy endings. Or so he thinks, until he meets his already-published, already-distinguished peers, who all seem to be cut from the same elitist cloth.
Thankfully, Wonder Parish enters the picture. They have so much in common. No college degrees, no pretensions, no stories from prep school or grad school. Just a love for literature. If only Wonder could commit herself to the writing life, they could be those rare literary soulmates who never fall prey to their demons. Wonder has a tendency to love, to covet, but Joe is a believer in the rule of fiction: If you want to write a book, you have to kill your darlings.
With her trademark satirical, biting wit, Caroline Kepnes explores why vulnerable people bring out the worst in others as Joe sets out to make this small, exclusive world a fairer place. And if a little crimson runs in the streets of Cambridge . . . who can blame him? Love doesn’t conquer all. Often, it needs a little push.
About the Author
Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies, Providence, You Love Me, and numerous short stories. Her work has been translated into a multitude of languages and inspired a television series adaptation of You, currently on Netflix. Kepnes graduated from Brown University and previously worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer for 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and now lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for For You and Only You
“Puckish . . . Kepnes waggishly satirizes the publishing industry, and her outsized characters’ egos and anxieties lay the foundations for delightfully deranged plot twists. . . . Joe’s stream-of-consciousness narration engages throughout, rendering readers both confidante and accomplice. Kepnes reliably entertains.”—Publishers Weekly
“Within this intensity, [Joe’s] snark-laden observations about ego, love, and loyalty ring true.”—Booklist
Praise for Caroline Kepnes and the Joe Goldberg novels
“[A] storytelling sorcerer . . . Kepnes is brilliant.”—The New York Times Book Review
“My new favorite writer.”—Colleen Hoover
“Hypnotic and scary . . . totally original.”—Stephen King
“Fiendish, fast-paced, and very funny.”—Paula Hawkins
“I will read anything she writes. . . . One of the smartest, most insightful writers out there.”—Nicola Yoon
“Delicious . . . It’s Kepnes’ wit and style that keep you coming back.”—Lena Dunham
“That peerless author who makes me laugh and glance over my shoulder on the very same page.”—Jessica Knoll
“Joe Goldberg has become a cultural mainstay. . . . Kepnes has mastered the likable villain.”—Rolling Stone