Now, you might be thinking: What an interesting cover. Seriously, HarperTeen makes the best ones. They were in charge of publishing The Selection, Amy Tintera's Reboot, and the Shatter Me trilogy, all of which have spectacular covers. If you think seeing a deer hung is bizarre, then you haven't lived in Friendship, Wisconsin, a population of 688 people, where people hang deers all the time so that they'll be the right kind of taste upon consumption. Friendship is a very rural sort of place and everyone tends to eat meat, but I think they all lost their appetites when a seventeen year old girl named Ruth Fried was seen hung in a cornfield with her teeth pulled out and covered in massive cuts. Everyone believes it to be a murder, and Ruth's former friend Kippy Bushman is devastated, especially since years ago her mother died and she's been living alone with her father Dom since. Everyone is freaked out, especially Ruth's former veteran nine-fingered brother Davey, and Kippy even more when she finds out from Ruth's diary some very cold secrets she kept...And who could the killer be? Maybe the answer is in the diary, which is very hard to decipher with the horrible handwriting.
I have to say, like Struck by Lightning, this book makes a very small town seem interesting and, for lack of a better word, dark and dangerous. A lot of the book takes place exploring some of the individual characters while Kippy tries to find vague clues to the murder but she's definitely not the best spy in the field. That's what makes No One Else Can Have You quite incredible; it's a thrill ride without superheroes. If anything, it is filled with people who are starstruck about Ruth's murder and aren't in a good mood anymore and have no hint of ever being so again.
This book is several types of books and subjects all at once; sometimes it really takes you off guard, it often gets to your head the drama of loss Kippy displays, and then the book gets monumentally infuriating. No One Else Can Have You is one of the best books I've read this year. The loss of Kippy's mom once made her go crazy and gave her a record at psychiatric fields, and I related to this tremendously When I was a kid, I quoted so many things from movies I loved and I was sometimes oblivious to the fact I was sometimes maybe hurting someone's feelings. There were some times where the book seemed mildly slow but whenever it did, I was never very bored and it always suggested something good was coming up soon instead. And halfway in, when the stakes were getting raised and everyone was trying to push Kippy back, I realized: Holy shit, this is a great book, I don't want it to end. I was even afraid it wouldn't have enough time at the end to do it properly, but it did. Those two pros are ones that only a few books I read each year earn. Kippy's actions were never ridiculous, felt like the way ordinary people would handle a situation, during Ruth's autopsy I actually felt bad for her during a little pastry incident and really bad, that I thought about it the other day when I was baking, and it was also cleverly funny when it needed to be.
There's a sequel called Nothing Bad is Going to Happen and I'll read it. Just for now, I have more things to read BUT! If Kathleen Hale makes another sequel, what do you think it should be called? I think it could be something like Nowhere is Perfect for Us (But Here). But Here as maybe.