Thursday, February 13, 2014

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale [Review]

No One Else Can Have You 4 out of 5 Robots!

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery
Release: January 7, 2014
Hardcover: 380 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 689 688) 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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Ok, first of all, let's talk about that adorable cover.  I am a total sucker for it.  How cute is the sweater?  So different than every other YA cover.

And speaking of different (nice segue, eh?), this book is definitely different than anything else I've read.  It has been compared to the movie, Fargo, which I think is a decent comparison. You have the small town midwest feeling, the kooky characters, and the dark humor.   And like Fargo, I'm not sure the humor, characters and/or situations will appeal to everyone.  It is definitely what I would consider one of those "your mileage may vary" books.  But for me, I kind of dug it.  I adored Kippy.  She is a little awkward and a little quirky.  She definitely thinks differently than everyone else and it was really fun being in her head for awhile.

Also, kudos to Hale for surprising me several times.  Ruth was not at all like I expected.  And I certainly did not figure out who Ruth's killer was until Kippy did.  That fact made the reveal even more creepy. 

Overall, a unique, slightly twisted mystery with a quirky MC and equally quirky cast of characters. 

Disclosure:  I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to review this book!

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