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No One Else Can Have You
by Kathleen Hale

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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062211194
  • ISBN-10: 0062211196
  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 382
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Sixteen-year-old Kippy Bushman lives in Friendship, Wis., population 688—about half of whom seem to make an appearance in this thriller/murder mystery. When Kippy’s best friend, Ruth, is brutally murdered, the town is certain that Ruth’s football star boyfriend is the culprit. But Kippy—who has been given Ruth’s revealing and unflattering diary—and Ruth’s recently discharged brother, Davey, aren’t so sure. They team up to find the real killer in an idiosyncratic and sometimes puzzling whodunit. Hale’s over-the-top characters will make readers both cringe and chuckle, including painfully awkward Kippy herself, who is like a prettier version of the dorky, clueless Sue Heck on The Middle. Hale doesn’t let readers forget they’re in a quirky, small Midwestern town, don’tcha know, and the colloquialisms wear after a while. But the mystery behind Ruth’s death (and behind Ruth herself, whose hard and soft edges come through in her diary) are enough to hold interest. A sweetly amusing romance between Kippy and Davey is another nice touch, and the last few pages are nail-biters, you betcha. A Full Fathom Five property. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Murder in Friendship

Ruth Fried’s mutilated body is found hanging from a willow tree in the middle of a cornfield. The small town of Friendship, Wisconsin, handles this horrific crime like it handles everything else: It politely tidies things up and moves on.

With Ruth’s death, Kippy Bushman has lost the one person who could see past the superficial politeness endemic to Friendship. When Kippy receives Ruth’s nearly illegible diary, she learns some shocking secrets about her best friend. But the sheriff, who commands a fleet of police cars emblazoned with smiley faces, is pointedly uninterested in Kippy’s revelations. He has pinned the murder on Ruth’s hell-raiser boyfriend, Colt. Case closed.

Friendship is rich with oddballs, both charming and otherwise. Kippy’s father has raised her alone since her mother died, guiding her with a loving stream of psychobabble. Ruth’s older brother, Davey, has returned from military service overseas and is inflamed with PTSD.

Page-turning tension and cynical humor fuse as Kippy teams up with Davey to find Ruth’s killer. The vivid Wisconsin setting, serving as a stanchion of ordinary life, is continually violated by Kippy’s offhand revelations of unresolved violence, including her own bizarre past. Author Kathleen Hale’s first novel combines Hitchcockian eeriness, the quirky humor of Carl Hiaasen and the bruising romance of a “True Blood” episode.

 
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