Written By: Annabel Pitcher
Zoe has a deep dark secret that no one can ever find out about. She hides this secret from her parents, her sisters, and her friends. The one person she finally decides to open up to, is a death row convict in Texas.The two reasons she chooses to open up to him, is because it is almost time for his execution date and they both did the same type of thing. Both Zoe and this prison inmate, Mr. Harris, killed the person that they were supposed to be madly in love with.
The book is each of the letter that Zoe wrote to the prisoner, telling him the events that led up to the killing, the killing itself, and how she is trying to deal with it. She tells Mr. Harris everything that she thinks and feels about her life know that this tragic event has happened. Each letter that she writes is written in the middle of the night out in an old shack that is behind her house. The reason she writes at night, is so no one will know what she is doing.
Ketchup clouds is a love story between Zoe and Max. This love story is the guiding theme that helps create the stage for the death of one of the characters. It also helps us get a clear cut picture of what Zoe's life was like before and after the murder, and why she is now acting the way that she is. This book is also filled with family problems, and underage drinking. Each one of these themes helps Zoe sort out and herself and figure out how to live now that she has killed someone.
I enjoyed reading this book. I thought that the plot and the characters were developed in away that made them seem relatable. I enjoyed the fact that this book was written about a topic that hardly gets talked about. Towards the end of the book, I could not seem to put the book down because I wanted to know what happened next. Ketchup Clouds was written in a way that made a hard topic relatable to its readers.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is 18 and up. The reason I say 18 is because of its sex, underage drinking, lying to parents, and murder scenes. Each one of these items were written in a way that made it seem like it is okay to do all of these things at a young age. It helped show the reader that you can do anything you want and not a single person will ever realize what is happening. I thing that this book is something that needs to be read by someone who is mature enough not to take what this book is saying to literally. These are the reasons I would recommend this book for someone 18 and older.