General Book Information
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Publisher & Edition: Orion (July 2013), Paperback
Source: Borrowed from my local library
“Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.
Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.”
Ok so I never planned to pick up this book because it just didn’t interest me and I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea, but then my friend read it in one day and kept telling me to go and read it because it was so amazing and so I went and checked it out at the library. Two days later I finished the book and I had just been on an emotional roller coaster.
I’m not too sure how to describe this book to you, half is romance and all cutesy with the sweetest characters but then the other half is Zoe pen palling with a man on death row because she feels she needs to tell someone about what she has done. I did wonder if Stuart ever wrote letters back to Zoe that he knew he could never send to her or if he just read hers. I really liked the way that it was only her letters because I feel like that way I felt more connected with Zoe and her emotions.
This book has so many mixed reviews but I really loved it and I felt like her relationship with the two boys was so relatable. Although I did find it slightly strange how she was telling loads of intimate details to this complete stranger, although that way I learnt more about her and her personality and I commend her honesty. However, in her letters Zoe didn’t make it obvious as to what happened, well that is until she actually tells us what happened. The story line was very fast paced, it made me stop and try to gather my thoughts on everything that was happening. Spoiler (highlight to read): I don’t know about you but I was definitely team Aaron!
For me the ending didn’t quite seem like the end, I felt there was more to say/do. I feel like it shouldn’t have ended like that, but part of me feels like that was the right thing to do.
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