Friday, January 3, 2014

DNF Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Source: eARC Provided by the publisher for review
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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.

My Thoughts

Okay, so I normally wouldn't write a DNF review since I didn't actually finish the book, but in this case I feel that I can. I also want to try to put some sort of review up for books that I haven't finished or at least mention them in some way. Anyways, I did read more than half of this so I can put my general thoughts on it. It didn't work for me for a number of reasons, but I think that it will have plenty of people that enjoy it. I tried to keep in mind that it's written from the perspective of a girl who lives in a super judgemental town and the way they behave is considered their normal, but it just didn't work.

Kippy's best (and only) friend is murdered and she is all for trying to get to the bottom of it. She then learns that so many people aren't what they seem, and her best friend didn't even like her that much. I thought that Kippy was very self absorbed and really judgemental. She thinks just because someone has had sex, they are a "hootchie momma" or complains that someone uses the word "like" too much, then she is using it in like, every other sentence. Like, it's super annoying and whatever.... Yeah, that's kind of a typical sentence while in her mind. She also is kind of a know it all and thinks because her dad is a psychologist, she knows everything about the mind and why people act the way they do.

Then there is the story. So Kippy has her murdered friends journal and starts reading it. She learns a lot of things that she didn't know about her. Mainly her thoughts about Kippy herself. Then of course the murderer is supposedly the best friends boyfriend, but it's all just to make things easy and the town to have an easy clean up. It's all some type of set up and the sheriff wants to keep it that way. The whole town will believe whatever is easiest because the sheriff says so. That won't stop Kippy though. She gets the help of her best friends brother and they become investigators on their own. Sounds charming right? Not really.

Mostly what turned me off on the book was how offensive it was. Slut shaming, gay remarks, the "r" word. An example of an offensive part...

"That's so gay." Libby mutters. Not gay gay- I'm not a bigot or anything - I mean like retarded gay"

Lovely, right? That's a fantastic character right there. *rolls eyes* That was only one of the many, many parts of the book that I just couldn't handle. It's full of stuff like that.

Then there were all of the ridiculous nicknames that Kippy's dad calls her like Pickle, Pimple, Chocolate butt, Chomper... I could keep going, but you get the point. Also the Don't Ya Know's and other supposed to be fun town way of talking got a bit much. Some would find it charming, but I just found it tiring. I can't really rate this book since I didn't finish it, but I do think that it's either a book people will love or hate. Maybe if I was in the mood for a mindless, silly book it wouldn't have sat so horribly with me, but I still can't get past the offensiveness of it. I know it's just the characters personality, but it was too much. There was also not a single character that didn't irritate the heck out of me. Not one. I didn't like any of them one bit. Sorry for the negativity in this review, but it actually had me all riled up while reading and I tried to push on to finish, but it just wasn't going to happen.

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. I quite enjoyed this book, but at the same time I can completely see why it wouldn't work for everyone. I took it to be quite tongue-in-cheek but like always with text, it's a difficult medium to use that kind of attitude.

    To put it in Australian vernacular, it's a vegemite book - you either love it or hate it. Hopefully your next read works out better :-D

  2. Aww, sorry this book did not go well for you. I got engrossed with all the murders and of course the crazy pycho killer. Thank you for being honest.

  3. Too bad. I've heard such polarized opinions on this one, which leaves me still on the fence. I read a positive review, I want to read it. I read your review, now I don't want to read it. Arg!

  4. Some people have really loved this one, but I feel like I'd hate it just like you. I rarely ever have luck with those books that are supposed to be on the weirder side. I can see why some people may like the books that are more out there, but I feel like I would share your opinions on Kippy's inner dialogue and how judgmental everybody seems to be. I DEFINITELY can't stand it when someone slut-shames, it's completely idiotic and inexcusable in my opinion.

    Fantastic review, though, Amy! <33

  5. Like Kat I can see why this book didn't work for a lot of people but I REALLY enjoyed it. I laughed my ass off. I think I am much more forgiving when it comes to comedy than most people and sometimes nothing is off limits for me. Weird sense of humour over here, I know! I hope your next read it a much better one babe!

  6. Wow this sounds annoying!!! And slut shaming is one of my biggest pet peeves. I really like the cover though :(

  7. I see why you didn't like it, and I can't see myself enjoying it either. I know that people from small towns or other places have different views on life but for what you said the characters are way too jugdmental and annoying :)
    Thanks for the review


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