No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Released: January 7, 2014
Overall, I thought this book was pretty good. Once I got into it, it kept my attention. I was hooked. The mystery was interesting, the plot was gripping, and the creepiness was perfect. I
couldn't put it down and blazed through the rest of the book in two
However, the writing wasn't the best and there was a ton of (in my opinion) unnecessary swearing. I don't care about swear words if they're used well (such as in Eleanor & Park), but this was every other word. I also couldn't stand the characters. I have a hard time liking a book if I don't like the main character. Otherwise who am I rooting for? The plot mostly made up for that, but I couldn't get past the fact that Kippy was
boring and really embarrassing. Socially awkward is one thing, but I
found myself cringing at nearly everything she said. She didn't always
make the best decisions, which I'm usually okay with (hey, nobody's perfect), but she didn't learn
from her mistakes. I didn't really like her dad, either. He treated her
like she was seven, and even though he was doing the best he knew how, she treated him badly back. Ruth was a jerk,
too. Kippy read her diary after she died, and Ruth was constantly insulting Kippy behind her back. The only character I really liked was Davey, and he wasn't in it a whole lot.
To sum up, terrible characters, but a good story overall. It's definitely worth the read if you're into creepy mysteries.
(Actual rating: 3.5)
Friday, March 7, 2014
No One Else Can Have You (a Book Review)
I am a 17-year-old homeschooler, author, daydreamer, voracious reader, introvert, feminist, klutz, fangirl, and overuser of tape. I love the impossible (which might explain my obsessions with fantasy novels and Harry Potter) but I dip into the real world . . . occasionally. I tend to get overly emotional over my OTPs and eat sushi or listen to Taylor Swift to soothe the pain. If all else fails, reruns of “Doctor Who” or “Supernatural” is sure to help. I’m a big fan of mismatched socks, Cheez-Its, and bittersweet endings. I believe anything Rainbow Rowell, Felicia Day, or Lin-Manuel Miranda touches turns to gold. If you want to win the way to my heart, help me adopt a baby elephant. Or a llama. Or both. I write to survive and will often yell at my characters if they aren’t behaving, which is always. It doesn’t usually help. I am a contributor to the "Fauxpocalypse" anthology. You can follow me on Twitter at @Magic_Violinist.