Readers, I'm finally on the mend, but I was sick a ridiculously long time. Thanks to that, I spent a LOT of time in bed reading. Fortunately I had a stack of fun stuff to choose from and Kathleen Hale's book is going down as my first favorite of 2014 :)
I was tempted to say this book was super CUTE but I think that gives just a bit more insight into my twisted reading taste than the actual content of the book. No One Else Can Have You is quirky and dark. It's a teen mystery a bit a la Fargo, don'tcha know.
In terms of content this book is definitely not cute. Not only does it begin with a brutal murder, but there are characters dealing with a whole host of issues. It's Hale's style, though that makes this book much lighter than one would expect. She brings a levity to the story that makes it fun in a dark and twisted way. The small town small mindedness typical to this kind of story comes across believably rather than ridiculous or stereotypical with Hale's particular style and Kippy is an extremely likable lead.
Overall, No One Else Can Have You is a darkly comedic mystery and a definite not-to-be-missed debut of 2014. Highly, highly, highly and enthusiastically recommended!