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YOU

Does Joe Goldberg go too far?
YOU

YOU is a series based on the 2014 novel by Caroline Kepnes, and you can stream it now on Netflix. This is a very interesting show that attracts the viewer and teaches a great lesson. The main character, Joe Goldberg, is not who he seems to be. The show is set mainly in New York City, but it eventually progresses to California.

When watching this series, we are taught to never trust someone before actually getting to know every detail about them. Joe does a great job at hiding his true, evil self, and the inhumane things he does, from others. No one ever would believe he is who he really is. He passes many limits and does the unexpected. Although he believes he is helping the ones he loves, he is actually doing the complete opposite.

It shows how important it is to have personal space and, for the most part, to live a private life. Anyone can find out who you truly are if you are really out there, and anyone could be lying to you about their real intentions. 

There are times when viewers of the series may feel for Joe, because of how caring he comes off. However, his actions always say otherwise.

There are multiple seasons of YOU, and each is based on Joe’s obsession with different women and the lengths he will go for love. He is willing to commit any crime for the person he loves, and he eventually ends up harming them, too. The tension builds each season, making the viewers engaged with its twists and turns.

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg

Although he does horrible things, I believe there is a goodness inside of Joe. A child named Paco is his young neighbor, and he often interacts with Joe in the hallway of their apartment building and looks up to him. Joe is a role model for Paco, a sensitive child who deals with a difficult life because of his parents. 

Paco is my favorite character in the series, because he is living such a difficult life at such a young age. He doesn’t deserve anything that is happening to him and after Joe leaves for California, he is really upset.

Paco’s life is rough, and his mother Claudia has an abusive boyfriend named Ron. Joe is always giving Paco advice, buying him food and helping him cope with his troubles. 

 This soft side of Joe really takes the attention off of all of the horrible things he has done. It shows that Joe is capable of caring for others, despite his violent and obsessive behavior. Joe is very intelligent as well, and he teaches Paco many things.

However, this doesn’t mean Joe is a good person. We see that, in Season One, Joe falls in love with Guinevere Beck, and he stalks her and kills the people she loves.

In Season Two, Joe falls in love with another woman named Love Quinn, when he moves to California. Love doesn’t know what’s coming her way, but ironically, by the end of the season, Joe discovers that Love is just like him, if not worse.

This show is amazing and there are no complaints. Penn Badgley, who plays Joe, is now one of my favorite actors. Badgley also appeared on the show Gossip Girl, and although his role in YOU is nothing like the one he plays in that series, it still feels familiar to me. 

Overall, YOU is a great show for people who are interested in plot twists and who like to learn life lessons. It is very interesting to watch, and you will finish the final episode wanting to see more of them.

About the Contributor
Suzie Tamrazyan
Suzie Tamrazyan, Staff Writer
Suzie is a senior at Glendale High School. Suzie’s favorite thing to do is dance, and she has been dancing since she was five. She started off with ballroom dancing but then found Armenian cultural dance to be what she likes the most. She enjoys watching shows, spending time with friends, and traveling.
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