Ketchup Clouds

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.

Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can—in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

It might sound a bit dramatic but I needed to read this book. I haven’t felt very satisfied with the books I’ve read this past month but Ketchup Clouds finally gave me the great book feeling again. I sometimes feel like there are too many books that are just about love and of course I appreciate that it is one of the most important things in the world but when it comes to a good book it needs to be surrounded by good writing. This book provides that. Written as letters from a teenage girl from England to a prisoner on death row in America we are given an insight into the guilt felt by our main character as she letter by letter reveals the truth of the death she caused. I was suspicious from that start if she really was a murderer but I feel the truth does satisfy the best way to end the story. However the mystery and relationships that occur up to the reveal are what is more important. For me what was most interesting was the family relationships rather than the romantic ones. Particularly with her little sister. She is deaf and only 6 so her questions and imagination add a new level of beauty to an already well written book. I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends. 

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