Ketchup Clouds

Ketchup Clouds

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Dear Mr. S. Harris,

Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . .
I know what it's like.
Mine wasn't a woman. Mine was a boy. And I killed him exactly three months ago.

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.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Little, Brown and Company, c2012.
ISBN: 9780316246767
Branch Call Number: YA PIT
Characteristics: 261 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Yours truly


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Jul 14, 2016

I liked this book because it was told on a different perspective from what I'm used to reading. The story line was intriguing and I couldn't put it down.

Cynthia_N Apr 14, 2014

I enjoyed this book. The entire book is a series of letters that Zoe writes to a convicted murder who is sentenced to death. She admits to being a murderer and reveals the a little bit of the story in each letter. I found myself thinking that I would just read one more letter before putting the book down. Its a quick read.

ChristchurchLib Feb 03, 2014

"Fifteen-year-old Zoe can't help but blame herself when her stormy relationship with two brothers -- Max, whom she dated, and Aaron, whom she loved -- ends in a tragic death. Unable to contain her grief and guilt, she pours out her heart in a series of letters to the only person she thinks might understand: a murderer on Death Row. Clues about who died and how Zoe was involved are revealed at a deliberate, deliciously suspenseful pace in this wry, insightful, and deeply felt page-turner. For another intriguing confession laced with doomed romance, check out The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan." Teen Scene February 2014 newsletter

Feb 05, 2013

Ketchup clouds is a heart wrenching book, I really enjoyed it, I can't really explain why but it was an extremely well written book and I encourage many teens to read this book :)


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Feb 06, 2014

Zoe is a teenager who lives in Bath, England who finds a pen pal on line. The man she picks is on Texas death row for killing his wife. As she writes him letters, you discover her secret that she thinks only this man can understand. This is a well written book that can be enjoyed by both teenagers and adults.


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Jun 14, 2014

That's not how you're going to live, Bird Girl. Not on my account. Spread those strong wings of yours. Fly.

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