Published by HarperTeen on January 7th, 2014
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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 don’t just read horror novels in October, I also enjoy murder mysteries and anything… weird. No One Else Can Have You is both a murder mystery and weird. And often funny in all the right kind of wrong ways.
~ Extra cool points awarded for the author having the same first name as me. You rock, Kathleen! What a gorgeous name! 😉
~ This is not a soft beginning. The book starts with a shocking murder, and Hale doesn’t pull any punches.
~ The back cover of my ARC compares the book to Fargo meets Pretty Little Liars- which I can see. But I would also add Twin Peaks into that mix as well. In fact, a lot more Twin Peaks than Pretty Little Liars, because PLL is flashy and pretty and TP is more gritty and quirky, much like Kippy Bushman.
~ So, after her friend Ruth is killed, Kippy is given her diary to read and censor (Mrs. Fried doesn’t want to read any sex parts!) and it’s some Laura Palmer shiz (Twin Peaks reference! Haven’t watched it? It’s free on Netflix, go watch! Start with the series and not the movie though. You can’t just skip to the movie, especially if you’ve never watched a David Lynch film before because it will hurt your brain.).
~ The diary contains Ruth’s innermost thoughts, and she was not always a very nice person, certainly she had some secrets that best friend Kippy had no idea about. I really liked the diary entries. At first, because they were shocking, and later because even though Ruth wasn’t who Kippy (or I) thought she was, in a lot of ways she was the person Kippy adored. People are complex, ya’ll.
~ Not since reading the last Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich have I so enjoyed a funeral scene so much. I kind of want to go write some fanfiction featuring Kippy Bushman and Grandma Mazur now!
~ Kippy and her dad have a very close relationship- exceedingly rare in YA! Of course, this book could easily be in the adult section because I feel like Kippy is someone everyone would want to read about. You betcha!
~ Davey, Ruth’s older brother, wounded vet and bitter bereaved one. Somehow I found him imminently swoon worthy. I have no idea what this says about me, but if you read this book and agree than we should totally be friends.
~ I just love Kippy’s interactions with anyone. Whether it’s neighbor and friend Ralph, or Sheriff Bob Staake, or the fake Libby Quinn, every bit of dialogue had me laughing.
~ The murder investigation that Staake does is a big fat joke, but I like that Kippy doesn’t immediately don her Sherlock Holmes cap, she checks out Davey’s suspicions before jumping on the Murder She Wrote bandwagon. I liked that the person that the sheriff arrests is kind of a douche and someone you would want to be thrown in jail.
~ I figured out the killer fairly early, but it didn’t take anything away from the enjoyment of the novel. I loved watching Kippy track down clues and leads and come up against many obstacles. At one point the novel takes a Girl, Interrupted detour, but I loved that plot too.
~ Kippy is obsessed with Diane Sawyer, and I kind of agree with Kippy. There is a part of me that believes that I could out Diane Sawyer Diane Sawyer. Like, if given the chance to interview a suspected murderer I could make him or her confess. I am ridiculous.
~ I tried to think of a way to explain Kippy Bushman, but I thought instead I’d add a quote from the book. Please keep in mind that I’m quoting from the arc, but I can’t imagine it won’t be in the finished book. This quote shows how wonderful weird Kippy is and sums up why I love her:
“Remember what happened with the last boy you liked?” he says, crossing his arms. “Well do you?”
He means Steven Daniels. One day I crept up behind him on the blacktop and tackled him, and when he tried to get away I yanked him by his rattail until he held still, wincing, and let me kiss him. He ended up moving to Oregon and occasionally I still worry that my ritualistic rape-dance on the blacktop had something to do with it.
~ I wrote a dozens of notes and observations about this book, but I don’t want to spoil any of the plot. I will just say that I could honestly read a whole series of books starring Kippy Bushman.
Kippy Bushman- our strange, weird, often emotionally inappropriate heroine. She is definitely my favorite character of 2013!
Ruth Fried- dead homecoming queen, friend to Kippy.
Dom Bushman- Kippy’s guidance counselor dad. He’s trying so hard to be everything to Kippy since her mom died.
Davey Fried- Ruth’s older brother, he suspects that her murderer is still on the loose, but he’s dealing with his own demons.
Sheriff Bob Staake- uh, the sheriff. He’s mostly 100% incompetent, but I still found him interesting.
Colt Widdacombe- Ruth’s boyfriend and town golden boy/prankster.
Ralph Johnston- Kippy’s other friend and neighbor, has helped keep an eye on Kippy since her mom died.
Libby Quinn- popular nice girl who keeps calling Kippy “Katie”.
Jim Steele- creepy lawyer dude.
Mother Peanut Butter- a stuffed cat.
The chemistry between Davey and Kippy in the corn maze was off the charts- plus I loved every minute of interaction between Kippy and the anger management group.
Also, one of the murder suspect’s parents hire the lawyer that represented that “cannibal guy from the 80’s”, which just reminds me of how large Jeffrey Dahmer’s legend still looms in Wisconsin.
Stop the Clock:
Honestly, I laughed so, so much while reading this book. I can’t wait until it comes out so that I can read it again. I had the book through an ARC tour, and it has never been sadder for me to mail the book to the next person that it was. Even if Hale doesn’t write a single other book, she’s going on my favorite authors list!
Kathleen Hale— Website |No One Else Can Have You
No One Else Can Have You gets a Midnight Book rating of:
The code word is: Necromancer
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