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Ketchup Clouds [Paperback]

Annabel Pitcher
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1 July 2013

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.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo (1 July 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780620314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780620312
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annabel Pitcher studied English at Oxford and has since worked as a script writer and an English teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband. MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE was her first novel. She is a full-time writer.

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In Ketchup Clouds Annabel Pitcher perfectly captures a teenage voice harbouring a guilty and devastating secret as Zoe writes letters to a death row prisoner and slowly reveals the sequence of events that led up to the terrible act she believes she has committed. The letters offer an honest, moving and at times humourous insight into Zoe's life, including her family, first love and friendships, ensuring this book will have wide appeal. (Vanessa Lewis, The Book Nook THE BOOKSELLER 2012-08-24)

Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher's new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds vividly captures the terrifying roller coaster of emotion that envelopes Zoe when she gets caught in a tragic love triangle between two brothers. Zoe's heart races for the mysterious Aaron but, despite his seeming keenness, he already has a girlfiend. And then there is younger brother Max, unattached and very keen on Zoe. How can Zoe manage her own feelings without hurting the boys especially when she's also coping with puzzling dramas at home? (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING)

A wonderful, romantic and sad story told through a series of letters written by a fifteen-year-old girl to a man on death row. It's heartstoppingly gorgeous and we'd recommend it to anyone. (Jill Murphy The Book Bag)

An endearing love story, a painful account of guilt and loss, and a chilling show of the consequences of our actions this book is a worthwhile and thought provoking read. (Jenny Duffy LOVEREADING)

Ketchup Clouds was a wonderful insight into a guilty heart. The book was fantastic and the writing was flawless, what more could you ask? (Delilah Acworth LOVEREADING)

Wow. Ketchup Clouds is without question one of the best books I have ever read. This is one of those books that you start to read, and three hours later look up from and realize the whole world looks different (Harriet Cunningham LOVEREADING)

This is a suspenseful mystery and a moving tale of first love, handled with humour. (Nicolette Jones THE SUNDAY TIMES 2012-12-02)

Any teenager doing an anxious post-mortem on a Christmas party can take comfort from Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher, an honest portrayal of emerging sexuality and the excitement, embarrassment and power games it generates, set in the context of the cost of secrecy and betrayal. (THE OBSERVER 2012-12-09)

Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher's new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds vividly captures the terrifying roller coaster of emotion that envelopes Zoe when she gets caught in a tragic love triangle between two brothers. Zoe's heart races for the mysterious Aaron but, despite his seeming keenness, he already has a girlfriend. And then there is younger brother Max, unattached and very keen on Zoe. How can Zoe manage her own feelings without hurting the boys especially when she's also coping with puzzling dramas at home? (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING)

Ketchup Clouds is smart, funny, moving, suspensful and psychologically astute. (Adi Bloom TES 2013-01-04)

Ketchup Clouds is risky, confident, compelling and ends... with hope for redemption and self-forgiveness. (Mal Peet The Guardian 2013-01-04)

Pitcher's award-winning first novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, had guilt at its core. This superb follow-up also explores guilt and responsibility but with such a pitch perfect tone that the innocence of adolescence, the violence of murder and an undercurrent of black humour sit happily side by side. This is a vivid and rewarding portrait of passion and betrayal, captured in authentic teenage tones. (Sally Morris Daily Mail 2013-01-15)

Blending powerful emotion and darkness with ironic humour, it is a gripping and moving story about secrets, lies and growing up. Sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes wistful, often funny and always compassionate, this is a beautifully-crafted and unexpected coming-of-age story that will win readers' hearts. (Booktrust 2013-01-07)

A gripping, must-read book for 2013 (Bella 2013-01-15)

Annabel Pitcher creates a moving and compassionate story, capturing Zoe's loss of innocence beautifully as well as her journey of heartache and desire. Ketchup Clouds is edgy and poised. With twists and turns, its hard to put down and makes the perfect follow up to Pitcher's sensational debut. (Cosmopolitan 2013-01-09)

A wonderful, romantic and sad story told through a series of letters written by a fifteen-year-old girl to a man on death row. It's heart-stoppingly gorgeous and we'd recommend it to anyone. (The Bookbag)

It's utterly refreshing to see a YA writer be so honest about everyday life and not look away when times are dark. I suppose the beauty of her work is in her honesty, but also in her humour. (Dog Ear Discs)

Pitcher's tale of troubled family life is deftly done... A moving and ultimately highly compassionate tale. To be human is to err, after all. (Martin Chilton The Telegraph 2013-01-03)

a memorable and compelling novel to devour in one, weepy, sitting. (Laura Fraine Books for Keeps)

Clever, warm and poignant, this book is the perfect way to begin your new year's resolutions to fill those bookshelves! (Claire Frost Fabulous Mag)

...poignant, funny and utterly beguiling. The author's writing style is as appealing and offbeat as the book's title. (CHOICE MAGAZINE)

Powerful and utterly original... (Natasha Harding THE SUN 2013-04-05) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description

Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this prize-winning second novel from the bestselling author of the debut, MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love epistolary fiction! 8 Jan 2013
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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Opening one of Annabel's books is like opening a long awaited Christmas confectionery box, that you know you should eat all at once but temptation gets the better of you and you don't stop until you have scoffed the lot. If you haven't guessed from that, I read the whole book in one sitting, refusing to do anything else.
If that doesn't make you curious to read it, then the following reasons should have you hurdling the Kindle book sales to get hold of a copy of this.
1) It is an epistolary novel written in the form of letters dated over the period of a year. That alone, should make many people want to read it.
2) The narrator is a fifteen year old girl who is writing anonymous letters to a convict on Death Row in America. She is purging her soul in order to come to terms with the guilt she feels for taking a life.
3) The love triangle is beautiful yet poignant and the author keeps you on your toes all the way through the book. It wasn't until the last couple of chapters that I could finally work out what would happen.
Annabel Pitcher books should definitely now come with a warning as this is the second time she has made me cry. I invested all my emotions into this story, willing it to have a happy ending. I loved the way Zoe thought her crimes were bad enough that the only person who might understand would be a murderer on Death Row. She really had sunk to her lowest point in life. I constantly wanted to hug her as she confessed her sins to a complete stranger.
The book contains excellent sub plots which explore the theme of guilt, which plays a major factor in the main plot.
The characters are so realistic and believable; the author has really captured the teenage voice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 4 Aug 2013
By Joss340
Format:Paperback
This defiantly kept me entertained while I was on my jury service, as most will know it can be a lot of waiting around so I bought this book after reading the first page in water stones and I must say its a book I could probably read over and over.
Good, easy read for a teenager and young adult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick and easy read 16 Dec 2013
By Shelly
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this. I'm 29, so older than the target audience, but I liked how easy it was to read and follow. The premise of the book is refreshingly different.

I'd recommend it for over 13s as it has some quite racy parts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What an amazing book. It's 4.19am and I've been reading since 9pm. Couldn't put it down. Truly wonderful and sad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read 25 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover
I was quite looking forward to this book after reading My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece but I was quite disappointed. Whilst the main plot is good and the structure of the book is interesting, I found it dragged on a lot. The main factor of the book is that you are building up to find out which boy Zoe killed, Aaron or Max and the story behind it. But up until that point I found it rather boring, and I was rather disappointed with the climax too. ***spoiler*** I found it to be rather misleading as well, as she claimed to have murdered him when she clearly didn't mean to kill him by pushing him. It didn't make me want to keep reading it, and I felt like I could skim over paragraphs and not miss anything if I wanted to. An ok book, but could have been so much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant read, heart warming and sad both at the same time. Dot is an adorable character and really made the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 6 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As an adult that enjoys crossover books, this was an enjoyable read. The writing is more simplistic than a Morpurgo or a Pullman, but the plot made it a worthwhile read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ketchup Clouds 10 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A fabulous read. A real page turner. Addictive to the very end. Recommended for adults and older children alike. A definite must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart on sleeve, heart in mouth, tissues at the ready. Awesome read.
There's a freshness and honesty to this prose that immediately engages you. It is zingy, honest, fast, open and real with a capitol R. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Andrew D Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Ketchup clouds by Annabel Pitcher
To be honest this book did grab my attention as I continued going along with the story. It displayed such detail and displayed Zoe' s guilt which many of us may have felt before. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jennifer mwete
5.0 out of 5 stars Ketchup clouds
I absolutely love this book i really did! Its a real page turner, i actually couldn't put it down!! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
A fabulous, fabulous read. I loved everything about this book... The interesting style of writing, the storyline which just made you want to keep reading and reading, everything. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Francesca
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Loved this book! So good, had me wondering right the way through it so many twists too! Hooked from page 1.
Published 22 days ago by kelia obrien
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner but nice flames!
Started slowly, got slightly annoyed at the protagonist/main voice at first as felt her narrative was being drawn out too much. Read more
Published 23 days ago by R. D. Mambro
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
this is a really good book. easy to read and a great story that you won't want to put down
Published 24 days ago by Manisha Chouhan
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I quite liked this, it's an unusual narrative. I did this the girl was a bit too old for her age, she was a bit too funny.
Published 27 days ago by GingerCox
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/5 stars Brilliant!
I'm only 13 and were reading this book school's I finished it on my kindle this novel is amazing and very emotional I would recommend it as its a great story of love consequences... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack Callaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read !
I just finished the book. I read it in 2 days as I couldn't put it down. I loved the way the book started as you immediately want to find out who Zoe killed, why and where. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sugar pink
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