No One Else Can Have You (Kippy Bushman Series)

No One Else Can Have You (Kippy Bushman Series)

by Kathleen Hale
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No One Else Can Have You (Kippy Bushman Series) by Kathleen Hale

Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series meets the cult classic film Fargo in this gripping, dark comedy by debut author Kathleen Hale.

A quiet town like Friendship, Wisconsin, keeps most of its secrets buried . . . but when local teen Ruth Fried is found murdered in a cornfield, her best friend, Kippy Bushman, decides she must uncover the truth and catch the killer. Since the police aren't much help, Kippy looks to her newly discovered idol, journalist Diane Sawyer, for tips on how to conduct her investigation. But Kippy soon discovers, if you want to dig up the truth, your hands have to get a little dirty, don'tcha know.

In this riveting young adult novel, Kathleen Hale creates a quirky murder mystery that is intricately plotted and sure to keep readers guessing, laughing, and cringing until the surprising final pages. "Can a murder mystery be funny? You betcha!" raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062211224
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Kippy Bushman Series
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 201,412
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Hale was born and raised in Wisconsin. She graduated from Harvard in 2010. This is her first novel.

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No One Else Can Have You 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
No One Else Can Have You was one of my most anticipated books of 2014.. have you LOOKED at the cover? the synopsis? I love murder mysteries so all those things looked promising. Unfortunately as soon as I started reading it.. I noticed myself disliking so many things in this book and the best way for me to do that is to just rant. Brace yourselves people, this may be long: What raised red flags for me initially were all the psychotic characters in this small town: Every single character in this book had issues. I don't think there was a single character that was normal by human standards, but what annoyed me was that for them that was normal. How can a sheriff blatantly ignore clues that are right in his face and convict some dude just because he screwed with his daughter? how can a girl take advantage of another girl's death and bluntly start a fund in the name of the dead girl just to spruce up her application for colleges. How can a dad send his daughter to a mental institute just because she was grieving for her friend and tried to takes matters into her own hand and find the killer herself? how can everyone call everyone by their full name? WHY IS EVERYONE SO FREAKING WEIRD? There is also the writing & plot: Both just didn't sit well with me. Everything was written in a nonchalant way, as if we aren't in the middle of a murder mystery. Also, I can't really explain it well, but everyone acts in such a childlike way.. I could only attribute such behaviors to sociopaths.. the whole plot was SO weird.. and it was way too long and so many unnecessary detours were written up that had me scratching my head in confusion. oh! think the Joker and the way he behaves in The Dark Knight.. that's how everyone behaves. I honestly could not feel any sincerity or true remorse from any of the characters, including the main protagonist. Who the hell says for the eulogy that their friend was "Super duper".. during the FUNERAL? just.. *shakes head*  Then there is the dad.. he seriously needs a whole paragraph on his own because he wins the award for the most infuriating character in book history. He was so overprotective of Kippy, the main protagonist, and always called her the weirdest nicknames that made me want to throw up. Some include "Pimple" (????), "Chocolate butt" and "Cactus".. like what the hell? and his vocabulary is mostly limited to "YOU BETCHA!" if I hear or read that word one more time, I am ready to go kill someone. If the author tried to make him look cool.. she failed because he was such so lame, annoying, and the last person I would label as a father figure. Lastly, is the overabundance of swear words and explicit talk in this book as well as Kippy's friend who passed away, Ruth. We get to read a couple of passages from Ruth's diary through Kippy and I have to say that is the only enjoyable part in the whole book. Ruth said it like it is but was also pretty messed up (having an affair with someone that is three times her age). It is a horrible combination.. the feel that this book might appeal to younger readers more because of the immaturity of everyone but not being able to recommend it because of all the swear words and explicit talk. This book gave me the weird uncomfortable shivers. I honestly won't be recommending this book to anyone and I'm quite sad that a murder mystery was wasted, since there are so little of those in the YA world. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Would have never guessed the killer, and for here first book it was awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible new author. Very creative writing. I am very picky and I loved this book. Reminds me of early james patterson but even better. Wish there were more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I can't believe that some people are judging the book without having even read it! Like do you even know the saying don't judge a book by its cover?  It was a fantastic read! Loved the dark and sometimes dry humor. I come from a small town in the Midwest and I could see the characters as people in my own town.
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DahlELama More than 1 year ago
I loved a *lot* about this book, and laughed a lot too. Definitely some of the more unique characters I've read in YA, and the setting was a lot of fun. I was pleasantly surprised by the way it plumbed the depths of complicated friendship, reactions to traumatic events, and grief, while maintaining character consistency within its unique cast. There were parts here and there, mostly toward the end, where the story went a little too far off the rails for me, but on the whole, I really enjoyed. The mind of Kathleen Hale seems like a very fun place to be.
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Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) When her best friend Ruth is discovered dead in the corn field behind her house, 16-year-old Kippy knows that the police have the wrong man behind bars, and is determined to catch the real killer. Who really killed Ruth? Can Kippy work it out in time? And how many crimes will she commit in the process? This was quite a quirky story, with plenty of dark humour, and I actually found myself laughing! Kippy was a bit of an odd girl. I don’t get how anyone could put up with the ridiculous nicknames her father used for her like ‘chocolate butt’, and ‘pimple’, but for some reason she never seemed all that embarrassed. I also didn’t quite get why she wore a utility belt everywhere, I mean, it’s not likely to make you very popular at school when you’re wearing a utility belt stuffed with notepads, pens, and a Dictaphone! The storyline in this was pretty good, but I really wished that the mystery could have been better. I liked the fact that Kippy was trying to find the murderer when nobody else seemed to be, but her detective skills just seemed to get her in trouble rather than actually get her closer to finding the murderer which was frustrating. There also seemed to be a lot of back-stabbing in this book. The whole thing was very small-town-esque, and it seemed at times like everyone was just out for themselves, and quite happy to stab someone in the back if it would help them get what they wanted, or would make them more popular! The police work in this book was also very small-town-esque, with things like a bad reputation, or name calling resulting in people saying – ‘he trashed my lawn, he’s obviously a murderer!’, ‘he called me a prude for not wanting to have sex with him so it’s obvious that he killed Ruth!’. Just ridiculous. I have to say that I liked the dark humour in this one, I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I actually really liked it. I must have driven people nuts with my updates on Goodreads because I kept finding bits that I thought were really funny! Even the very beginning of this book was funny when the woman who discovered the dead girl told the police about the vandalism of her tree before mentioning that oh yes, there was a dead girl hanging from it! The ending to this was okay, I liked the little twists, and I didn’t guess who the murderer was! I did find that the story dragged a bit after the 50% mark, but overall I enjoyed this book. Overall; Quirky, with plenty of dark humour! 7 out of 10.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Before I get into my review, let's just take a minute and enjoy that cover, shall we? My word, that's a great cover. I love it.  I only wish I had loved the inside of the book as much.  No One Else Can Have You was dark. Really dark. It was also incredibly quirky. But, what I appreciated most about it was that it was unique. While it may not have been a book I enjoyed as much as I hoped I would, I appreciated the uniqueness of the story. This book was chock-full of off-the-wall characters. Kippy was charming and awkward. After her best friend was murdered (horrifically, by the way), she set out to discover who really committed the murder. Because Friendship was a town full of some seriously nutty folks, I never had a strong feeling of who killed Ruth. While Ruth never made an appearance in the book, aside from her journal entries which led Kippy to learn *a lot* about her friend, I have to be honest and say she truly was a spectacularly unlikable person. While I found myself sympathetic to Kippy for losing a friend, the more that was uncovered about Ruth, the less I cared that she was gone.  No One Else Can Have You made me nostalgic for the Fear Street, Nightmare Hall and Christopher Pike books of my youth. I loved those books. Sure, they scared the hell out of me and, at times, gave me actual nightmares, I was addicted to them. This book had a healthy dose of mystery and unexpected twists and turns. But it also had some things that kept me from truly connecting with the story. The regional dialect was overdone. I got so tired of reading "don't cha know." The quirkiness factor felt forced. It was just too much. The story was slow and I had a hard time sticking with it.  All in all, I have to say it was "ok." It was unique and it kept me guessing until the end, but the pace of the story and the unrealistic characters kept me from ever truly connecting with the book. I finished it because I needed to know who killed Ruth, not because I was really invested in the story or the characters.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont want to be stalked by her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll have to leave this review anonymously, since I don't want Kathleen Hale to stalk me. She is crazy and her book sucks.