Season 3 of You has taken over the world. Well maybe not the world, but if you haven’t watched Season 3 of You yet, what are you doing? After months of waiting, Netflix finally gave us what we’ve been asking for. For those who have watched the season, there is only one question we all have and that’s wtf?!
Considering most of us have already watched Season 3, talked about it, and already want to rewatch, it’s only right to look for more content like it. In particular, if you’re a reader, then this list has your name all over it. If you loved Season 3 of You but want something with a similar vibe, then these five books are going to hopefully give you a taste of what you’ve been craving.
Just a small disclaimer before getting started, some of these books do contain some unsavory topics, characters, and generally bad people. None of us condone these actions in real life. However, it is fine to dive into the world of fiction where mostly anything goes. If you aren’t comfortable though, then feel free to check out some lighter Culturess recs.
With the disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk about some books to get help get over the You Season 3 hangover and there’s no better place to start than the books that inspired the series and that’s the “You” series by Caroline Kepnes.
The obvious place to start is with the “You” series by Caroline Kepnes.
If you’ve watched and loved the You series, then you should probably start with the book series by Caroline Kepnes. Currently, there are 3 books out in the series: “You,” “Hidden Bodies” and “You Love Me.” Each book follows our favorite sociopath Joe Goldberg as he continues to become obsessed, stalk and eventually, destroy the women he supposedly loves. It’s a vicious cycle, am I right?
Nevertheless, the series does a great job of showing us how problematic Joe truly is as most of us can only picture him as Penn Badgley. While I’ve only read the first book, the best route to go with this one is the audiobook as Santino Fontana does an excellent job. He plays up the creep factor so much and with all the “you” talk, it’s hard to not feel like you’re being watched by Joe Goldberg.
Once again, this is a pretty obvious pick and one that die-hard fans have probably already picked up. If you haven’t though, then it’s worth a try. It might not be as incredible as the series but it’s always nice to go back and revisit the source material.