You Season 3: Book (You Love Me) vs TV Show (Netflix) Differences


you season 3 differences book vs tv show netflix you love me by caroline kepnes changes

Season 3 of Netflix’s You will be based on You Love Me, Book #3 in Caroline Kepnes’s You thriller series. While Season 3 of You has yet to air, this is what we know so far about differences between the book versus the Netflix TV show.

Right now, this list of differences is mostly based on what we know from the ending of You Season 2 and anything else that’s been said about You Season 3. I’ll be updating this list once the season actually airs!

(For more about You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes, see the review and summary from the Bibliofile.)

Warning: this post contains spoilers, so proceed with caution!

1. Love and Joe have a son in the book, but a daughter (possibly) in the TV series.

In the book You Love Me, Love and Joe have a son (named Forty, after Love’s deceased brother). In the show, at the end of Season 2, Joe narrates that “I’m ready to meet my daughter”. Of course, it’s possible he ends up being wrong about the gender for whatever reason, so we’ll have to wait until it airs to know for sure.

2. Love never moves out to the suburbs in the book.

In the final clips of Season 2, we see that Love and Joe have moved to the suburbs together. Based on this, it seems the show plans on deviating from the book in some ways.

In the book, Joe actually sits in jail for awhile as he goes on trial for a number of his crimes. He’s acquitted thanks to the fancy lawyers paid for by the Quinn family, but the Quinns also force Joe and Love to spit up. Joe finds his house in the suburbs online, and buys it while he’s sitting in prison. Love never gets a chance to see it. When Joe is released from prison, the Quinns fetch him and offer him a generous payoff to get lost (along with a death threat if he refuses).

Joe moves out to his house in the suburbs (to Bainbridge Island, Washington) by himself.

3. In the book, Joe is perfectly happy in the suburbs. In the show, he feels trapped.

At the end of Season 2, Joe describes his life in the suburbs pretty bleakly. As he holds the book Crime and Punishment in his hands (a novel where the main character, spoiler alert, ends up admitting to murder and being exiled to a labor camp in Siberia), he says:

“Not every Siberia is cold. Some are 73 degrees and sunny with eco-conscious landscaping. . .It’s funny. I had no idea the cage I was building all this time was a trap for me. And when I found myself locked in here, I thought this was the end.”

This is different from the book. The show seems to be setting up the premise that Joe is unhappy being settled down, which is why he gets interested in the neighbor.

In You Love Me (the book), it takes a different stance. Joe is parted from Love (by the Quinns), and he simply moves on to the suburbs by himself. He’s building a life there, but very quickly takes an interest in Mary Kay Dimarco. She’s a librarian at the public library where he volunteers/works. Joe likes being out of the city.

Of course, it may be that Joe is happy in the suburbs in the book because Love isn’t there (whereas in the show she is, at least initially). In both the show and the book, it seems that Joe has fallen out of love with Love, despite wanting to be a father. So, in that respect, they are consistent.

4. The female neighbor from the show is Joe’s co-worker in the book.

At the end of Season 2, we get a glimpse of Joe’s Season 3 love interest, his next-door neighbor (with a wedding ring!) who is reading, next to a stack of library books.

In the book, Joe’s love interest lives in the same small town, but she is not his next-door neighbor. Instead, they meet because she is the librarian at the public library where he volunteers/works.


I’ll be updating this list when the Season 3 actually airs. The show is set to film in November 2020 though April 2021, to be aired sometime after that. The book You Love Me will be published on April 6, 2021.

Happy reading/watching!

(For more details – plus spoilers – about You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes, see the review and summary from the Bibliofile.)

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