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Things have been rough for Joe Goldberg since he murdered his girlfriend.

Having killed Beck at the end of You (2015), Joe meets a nice girl — Amy. Well, at least he thinks she's nice. When she ends up robbing his book store and fleeing across country to Los Angeles, Joe's not willing to let her go. Joe wants revenge.

But his plans are thrown off when he meets Love Quinn, a beautiful widow and scion of the ridiculously wealthy Quinn family. Joe being Joe, he immediately falls head over heels for Love, and she seems to feel the same way about him.

But Joe being Joe, there are, of course, complications. Love's brother Forty is...well, he's just terrible — a vainglorious drug addict with Hollywood ambitions that far exceed his exceptionally limited talents. And then there's David Fincher — not the director, but an LAPD cop who moonlights as "security" for movie stars and thinks he's more of a friend to them than he truly is.


Things are never simple with Joe Goldberg, after all. But Joe wants love, and he wants Love. And he's willing to do just about anything to get what he wants.

Followed by a sequel of its own, You Love Me. Adapted as the second season of Netflix's series based on the books.

This Book Contains Examples Of:

  • Almost Famous Name: As she camoed in You, Joe's new girlfriend Amy Adam.
  • Babies Ever After: What the ending promises for Love and Joe.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Joe asks "what's wrong with the world?" after he buys supplies to tie up and murder Amy and a girl asks him if he's a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey.
  • Cast Full of Rich People: Joe spends most of the book hanging around with the fabulously wealthy Quinn family. The wealth disparity is a significant issue.
  • Cheated Death, Died Anyway: Joe nearly killed Forty from a heroin overdose but was narrowly stopped. Forty was then hit by a car while jaywalking.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • When blackmailing Joe to write scripts for him, Forty is hit by a car and killed — and it had nothing to do with Joe.
    • Joe manages to guess how Love would've alibied him when he's being interrogated by the police at the end of the book.
  • Country Matters: In a change from the first book, Joe uses the C-word to describe any woman he dislikes. Amy is the biggest target.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: Joe still treats Roy as if he's a good father and person, and Love treats it as a joke, that fifteen year old Forty was molested by a masseuse on his father's suggestion.
  • Functional Addict: Forty is, generally speaking, a broadly functional addict, able to make his way through the world despite his addictions. He does occasionally slip into being an Addled Addict.
  • Jerkass: Forty is a truly terrible person, to the extent that he even steals credit for Joe's screenplays.
  • Parental Issues: Love and Forty both have serious long-term issues with their parents, though the elder Quinns are generally fairly supportive.
  • Stalker with a Crush: These books are basically Stalker With a Crush: The Novels.
  • Textual Celebrity Resemblance: Joe says Forty looks like Philip Seymour Hoffman.