Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Ketchup Clouds is a completely unique concept, from the form of narrative to the story itself- it tells the story of ‘Zoe’ through her letters to a criminal on death row.

Once I got into the story (which took a couple of chapters), I couldn’t put this book down, which is always a good sign. We are told at the beginning of the story that ‘Zoe’ has killed somebody, which leaves you guessing about the rest of the story- Who did she kill? Why did she kill them? How did she kill them? And these questions were bouncing through my mind the whole time that I was reading Ketchup Clouds, as I was trying to predict what was going to happen- usually that’s a forte of mine, but Ketchup Clouds had me guessing right until the moment when we find out what actually happened.

The main story is a modern story of forbidden love, and this is foreshadowed from the beginning. There are also the lovely stories that are woven throughout about ‘Zoe’s family. This was an aspect of Ketchup Clouds that I really enjoyed because they gave a lot of depth to ‘Zoe’s world and showed that her story isn’t the centre of everybody else’s lives. The imagery used to display the world around Zoe is wonderful, with some really beautiful similes that are more than likely to appear in my creative writing in the future!

The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was the repeated use of the phrase ‘fyi’ as I thought that it took away some of the realism of the story, but apart from that I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it for anyone looking to read a refreshing untold teen romance.

(Originally written for http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk)

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