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Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
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Ketchup Clouds

by Annabel Pitcher

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I just could not care about the characters. And the main character was just creepy and not in an interesting way. ( )
  Vintageblossom | Apr 3, 2019 |
Epistolary novel in which "Zoe" shares her story with a Texas death row inmate about a murder she was responsible for. The letters are written over the course of the school year and end shortly after the one year memorial service. Zoe relates both the heady events of the previous year--when she meets two young men at a house party--juxtaposed against her present life of parental drama, gnawing guilt and lost love. The mystery lies in discovering which boy dies, and the author does a good job keeping that secret pretty close to the vest. Most readers will probably jump to the correct conclusion on their own, in addition to deciding how culpable Zoe actually is in the death.

The writing is often beautifully expressive and the "torn between two lovers" plot will undoubtably reel readers in. However, Zoe doesn't come off as entirely likable, although some readers may be more forgiving of her actions. She is at her best when she's interacting with her sisters whom she clearly loves. How moved readers are by Annabel Pitcher's book will depend on how sympathetically Zoe is perceived. An exploration of love and betrayal and the selfish and selfless acts that define one's life. ( )
  lillibrary | Jan 23, 2016 |
Another book on the Children's book day list that I would never have thought to pick up otherwise. I was surprisingly engaged by this one. Drawn in by the unusual red birds on the edge of the pages, I quickly found myself intrigued by 'Zoe' and her secret. The main character has a very distinctive 'voice' that is admirably suited to the telling of the tale, and easy to follow.
I would comment on some other aspects, but refrain because of spoilers.
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  Helen_Earl | Aug 6, 2015 |
Zoe decides to correspond with a a man on death row for killing his wife because she is overwhelmed by her own guilt over the death of her boyfriend a year earlier. During most of the exchange of letters, the reader does not really know which boy has died or how it happened. since Zoe describes the situation in considerable detail, meanwhile avoiding describing the actual event. Once I started thinking how unrealistic Zoe's letter writing style was, as well as the unlikelihood of such a correspondence ever taking place, I found this epistolary-styled novel mostly irritating. ( )
  sleahey | Feb 2, 2015 |
Zoe (an alias) is a teenage girl who was caught in a love triangle with two brothers. After the death of one of the boys she adopts a false name and begins a one sided correspondence with a death row inmate in Texas. Zoe attempts to exercise her guilt by describing the relationships and justifying her behavior with each boys in the letters. It is an unconventional form of therapy but seems to work for her. ( )
  knitwit2 | Dec 20, 2014 |
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Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.

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