Review: No One Else Can Have You

Oct •  22 •  2013

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: No One Else Can Have YouNo One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Series: Stand Alone
Published by HarperTeen on January 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.

Another well crafted story that I enjoyed, full of mystery and drama, this story is good.

Characters: I’m going to start off with the character since they themselves have so much to tell. What would you do if your entire friendship is a lie? Kippy faces the unforeseen death of her “best friend” only to be given her journal. A journal that tells horrific and detailed things Ruth did as well as her true feelings toward Kippy. I have to admit that reading these diary entries made me feel like, Who was Ruth anyway? She meant so much to Kippy but everything that Ruth said and did is all a lie. Throughout the story, Kippy’s greatest asset is growth. From the reading the first page of the diary to the last, Kippy overcame many fears and doubts about herself, proving herself otherwise. She learns Ruth’s true colors allowing her to solve Ruth’s mystery murder. The other character is Ruth’s brother. He too, I felt, didn’t really know his sister as he thought he should. Still, there were a few things about Kippy that he knew his sister knew. Both of these characters are flawed yet they need each other to solve the mystery and move on.

Mystery: I love going on a mystery. I love it even more, piecing the pieces together. Every chapter gave more diary details which lead to more clues. I did my best to piece together the mystery before the author reveal it to the reader and yet, I didn’t catch on till the last few chapters. Well done Ms. Hale! This author did a fab job in portraying lies on top of lies, full of  drama and of course a girl with dark secret. Every secret revealed only made me want to know Ruth. Want to know who the real girl was. The girl in the diary was nothing that Kippy described. This girl was someone different. It was great to read and have the  reader watch it unfold before their eyes.

Friendship: Despite all the things Ruth said about Kippy, Kippy remained a good friend till the end, solving Ruth’s murder. Even though the friendship that Kippy thought they had was not even close to what Ruth saw, she became a better friend and person by sticking by Ruth’s side. In the end, Kippy is a way better person and friend than Ruth ever was.

This is a fantastic book! Entailed with lots of good mystery and drama, No One Else Can Have You overtakes the reader. A well written mystery that is powerfully charged with emotion, No One Else Can Have You is intense and chaotic. A white-knuckle mystery that moves with passion, No One Else Can Have You is great.

I give it 4 BITES!

4bitesHappy Reading!


  1. Becca @ Nawanda Files
    Oct 22, 2013

    This sounds like a great mystery! I can’t wait to read it — and I love Kippy’s name. I think the thing that makes me really want to pick it up now is that Kippy sounds like such a strong character. Her growth is something that I would love, and she definitely sounds like someone I can root for! Great review, Savannah 😀

  2. You rarely get mystery and thrillers in the YA genre. Well, maybe mystery, but not often contemporary thrillers. That makes me curious and it looks like the characters are well done. Might have to try this one!

  3. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Oct 22, 2013

    Hmmm…I originally declined to review this, but maybe I should rethink that! It sounds like it’s really good….

  4. Candace
    Oct 23, 2013

    I’ve been really curious about this one so I’m really glad to hear that it’s so good!

  5. Yay! I have an ebook copy of this I’ve been dying to start but I keep telling myself that I have others that need to be read first. But I look at it longingly on my ipad and just wish I could get everything else out of the way to start this. I’m so glad it turned out to be good! The characters sound great and intriguing and I love that Hale gave you bits and pieces of the mystery but you weren’t able to figure it out until the end. That is my favorite type of mystery book, right there. I hate guess everything before the main character does.