No One Else Can Have You

No One Else Can Have You

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As sixteen-year-old Kippy of Friendship, Wisconsin, reads her best friend Ruth's diary, she is shocked at what she learns and spurred to solve Ruth's murder, certain that the boy who was arrested is innocent.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062211194
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Hale Kathleen
TEEN MYSTERY Hale Kathleen 01/2014
Characteristics: 382 pages ;,22 cm


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JCLMeganB Feb 11, 2014

Darkly funny and very smart with great characters. I loved this book.

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Dec 10, 2017

No One Else Can Have You is a compelling story combining the tension and drama of a murder mystery, with the small-town-with-big-secrets motif of Hot Fuzz.
After the protagonist’s best friend was quite brutally murdered, her — as well as the victim’s brother’s — suspicions rise when the town blames the town troublemaker for it. Afterwards, they both try to figure out who would have really committed the crime. There are many points where the leads actually contemplate whether they might just be crazy, which gives the story some depth.
There are some points where it feels like certain characters may be the secret villain (like the astonishingly ignorant sheriff), making the big villain reveal feel quite underwhelming, but that didn’t take away too much from the story. In my opinion, this book gets a 4 out of 5 and a recommendation.
- @RhythmDragon of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 20, 2015

This book started off great, was alright in the middle put picked up at the end. I would recommend it

Jun 14, 2015

Kippy Bushman, sixteen, young and restless. Restless to find her friend’s murderer. When Ruth Fried, Kippy’s best friend is murdered in a corn field, strung up and stuffed like a scarecrow, she couldn’t bear to think what psycho did this. But in a small town called Friendship, nobody knows what to do. Friendship is a special place. Everyone is nice and sweet. Everyone knows everyone- at least that’s how they act. In a peaceful town where people don’t even lock their doors, how could predict such awful thing happen to a bright teenager? When the police decide that Ruth’s rebel boyfriend, Colt, killed her, all Kippy can do is moan for her loss. Suddenly, getting her hands on Ruth’s secret diary from Ruth’s mother and convinced that Colt is not the killer, Kippy goes on an adventure around town, trying to find the real killer. With the help of Davey, Ruth’s brother, they investigate possible suspects for a variety of reasons. Kippy gets help from numerous people: her genius neighbour\friend Ralph and her previous support group and leader. Throughout time, she makes a list of characteristics this murder must have. With the stupid police hot on her trail for messing with the now-closed investigation, Kippy could be closer to the killer than she thought. This isn’t the only time that Kippy has lost someone she loved. She lost her mother to serious psychotic problems and Ralph’s parents, who treated her like their own daughter when her father was still moaning about her mother’s death. Could this be all of Kippy’s vivid imagination? Or is the killer so close, it’s unimaginable?

Kathleen Hale’s No One Can Have You is a good book. The twisting plot keeps you guessing. In the end, the killer turns out to be someone you wouldn’t expect it to be. Though, it’s a good ending, it could be predictable. I would’ve figured out the killer if I got into the book, which I didn’t. This book didn’t grab me at all, I didn’t have to push myself through it, but I thought it could’ve been better. I took my time reading the book, unlike some awesome page turners. The book was pretty slow throughout the storyline. It did start to increase the pace after a little while, but it just wasn’t really there. I did love the creativity put into the book and the interesting way the author thought the main character would find the killer. I also loved how the author chose to make Kippy either, insane from the deaths she’s lived with, or completely sane because of the complexity of her tragic life. I found this book well-written and interesting with a few minor problems.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Nov 21, 2014

Sixteen-year-old Kippy reads the diary of her murdered best friend and takes it upon herself to try and figure out who the actual killer may have been. Small-town Wisconsin locale described ably by this first-time author, and crime is appropriately creepy and suspenseful. Neither Kippy or (dead best friend) Ruth are entirely likable characters, though.

Oct 24, 2014

This author is a creepy stalker.

Oct 21, 2014


Sep 15, 2014

I loved this book. It's a personal favourite, it was the perfect book for me.

Danibrarian Sep 07, 2014

16 year old Kippy Bushman is dealing with a lot of negative things: her mother's death several years ago left Kippy with emotional scars, she's not well-liked at school...and her best friend Ruth has just been murdered, strung up like a scarecrow. To top it all off, Ruth's diary has some less than pleasant surprises for Kippy. What's a girl to do but start investigating?
This book feels like a Young Adult version of Fargo, with small town intrigue, brutal murders, and a determined investigator. I suspected, but was not convinced of the identity of the murderer until near the end of the novel. A very intriguing read with a distinctly small-town teen narrator. Kippy Bushman knows what it's like when everyone knows everyone else's dirty laundry and pretends they don't.

sweetmasopoppet Jun 08, 2014

I loved this book! It was funny, creepy and had a touch of romance.

Feb 26, 2014

Kathleen Hale is a brand-new writer after my own heart. When her best friend is murdered in the tiny town of Friendship, WI, high school junior Kippy Bushman has to use her smarts and take the law into her own hands. I can’t even choose what one thing I loved best about No One Else Can Have You. There’s the knitted moose sweater on the front cover. There’s the portrait of life in small town Wisconsin — from the convention of addressing everyone by their full name, to eating hot dogs fried in mayonnaise. There’s the awkward but hot romance that’s just one small piece of who Kippy Bushman is, rather than her whole entire raison d'être. There are the complicated, real relationships; the beautifully handled issues of grief and outsidership; the ragtag friends from anger management support group. And then there’s the super smart, slightly weird humor that would be right at home in a Daniel Pinkwater novel or David Lynch movie. But if I HAD to choose, the number one reason I love this book is because it’s about a brainy girl who goes up against incompetent authority figures and gets criminalized, pathologized, and institutionalized along the road to justice. But still gets home in time for Hot Dog Jumble and microwaved bacon salad with her dad. I can’t wait for the sequel!

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sweetmasopoppet Jun 08, 2014

“40 THINGS THAT PROVE GOD CARES ABOUT GIRLS, including He made babies so cute! and He invented Australian accents! and There are no diets in heaven!

JCLMeganB Feb 11, 2014

Page 206: "'Everyone else is mean, okay? Not me. I'm just some nice girl trying to be nice.'"


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