I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
on January 7, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.
Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.
I’ve been having a semi hard time getting into books lately. I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I used to so I always want something that’s going to capture my interest quickly. That certainly describes No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale.
What an odd and truly unique book. At the heart of No One Else Can Have You is a small (tiny) town, Friendship, Wisconsin. I’m from a small town so I always love reading about them. Friendship is unlike any other though. It’s filled to the brim with some strange folks. I’m not talking about your run of the mill crazy. Nope, some of these were truly messed up! But in such fascinated ways.
Kippy Brushman, our mystery solving main character, was no exception when it came to messed up characters. She’s all kinds of crazy, but in fun endearing ways. Her best friend was found horrifically murdered and when the cops don’t seem like they’re doing a good job, she takes it upon herself to solve the murder. Kippy was a fun character. She may have been a little out there but that was what made her likable in my opinion.
My favorite part of No One Else Can Have You was the very dark humor. There was laugh out loud moments followed quickly by some little gruesome tidbit. There was a few really disturbing parts, but I’ve never minded that kind of thing.
No One Else Can Have You is unlike any other YA. If you’re in the mood for something completely different definitely pick this one up.