Book: Ketchup Clouds.
Written By: Annabel Pitcher.
Synopsis: (From Book) Zoe has an unconventional pen pal–Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.
Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe’s letters, but at least somebody will know her story–somebody who knows what it’s like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.
My Thoughts: When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be totally different than what it actually was. I’m so glad I was wrong. I really liked this book. I wish I had read it a long time ago.
I usually don’t care for books that are written like letters but I really enjoyed this one. I kind of forgot the book was letters. The only time I would realize it was when she would address Stuart. One thing that kind of threw me off was when she stopped calling him “Mr. Harris” and started calling him “Stuart” or “Stu”. I was thinking “Who the hell is Stuart!?” but then I thought about it and realized its because the writer was showing that Zoe had become more comfortable with Mr. Harris.
It is sad knowing that one of the two brothers in the book had to die, I felt like I had a different connection with both of them. I did like Aaron better than Max but I still had a hard time choosing who I thought not deserved, but should be the one that dies. I mean I wish it was neither, but I know it had to be one of them. In my head I kept giving reasons why it should be one over the other, but in the end no one really deserved it.
Annabel Pitcher did a great job with keeping you guessing until the death actually happened. There were times when she would mention one thing and Id be like “NOOOO NOT ARRON!!” and then other times Id be like “NOT MAX!!” All in all I really loved this book. I never got bored, and it was very hard to put it down.
She also did a great job with forming the other characters. I’m glad her family was built so strong. In a lot of books the family is just there in the background and have nothing to do with anything. Everything and everyone fit perfectly together. I really loved Dot. She always put a smile on my face.
I wouldn’t change a thing about Ketchup Clouds, and that is why I give it 5 Stars!