Saturday, 21 September 2013

Book Review: Ketchup Clouds




Fifteen year old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But 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.

I stumbled upon this book on a random trip to a book shop and I am so glad I did! Ketchup Clouds is one of my favourite reads of 2013.
This book is about Zoe coping with her daily life whilst trying to keep her big secret from the world. Zoe decides she can't keep her secret in anymore so decides to write letters to Stuart Harris on death row as he is all to familiar with her situation. Zoe tells him about the events leading up to the big event and how things got to that point. The letters include her troubles deciding between Max and Aaron, her parents troubles, her little sister who is deaf and her feelings throughout the book. The book did lack in mentioning Zoe's friends which made me feel as though it was lacking in her teenage social life which may have made it a bit more relatable to some situations in Zoe's life

Sometimes Zoe was quite unlikeable on how she treats Max, Aaron and her parents, however, Pitcher made up for this by showing us a softer side to Zoe when comforting her younger sisters. I especially liked the way Zoe communicated with her sisters and was always there no matter how big the problems in her life were.
I definitely recommend this book to fans of YA novels!