October 16, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Annabel Pitcher - Ketchup CloudsKetchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
November 12, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Dear Mr. S. Harris,

Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It’s jam, not blood, though I don’t think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn’t your wife’s jam the police found on your shoe. . . .

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal-Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe’s letters, but at least somebody will know her story-somebody who knows what it’s like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

Why I’m waiting?

Look at that cover! It was the first thing that caught my attention. It’s so cute! I love that everything (except the girl and the bird) is essentially done by hand. This plot also interests because 1. oh my god, she killed somebody? Literally or figuratively? and 2. I could never be pen pals with a prison inmate. I already have a lot of anxiety thinking about it. To me, it takes guts to put yourself out there like that. 

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday?


8 Responses to “WAITING ON WEDNESDAY | Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher”

  1. Hannah; says:

    I have this one in spanish :) But I haven’t read it yet despite the fact it has amazing reviews in GR.

  2. michelle says:

    i’m very interested in reading ketchup clouds and dear killer (which is in the same vein as ketchup clouds). i’m very intrigued by this whole “writing to a murderer/serial killer” trope.

    hope you can stop by my WoW.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks

  3. You got my attention with this one! Thanks for sharing…and enjoy!

    Here’s MY WOW POST

  4. Andy @ OABR says:

    I’ve been seeing this one quite a lot. Seems like I have to add it to my TBR pile. Great Pick! :)

    Waiting on Wednesday

    By the way, we are giving away a signed ARC of Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles on the blog. Make sure to stop by and enter! :)

    Andy @ Owl Always Be Reading

  5. Arial says:

    DAT COVER! I feel like it’s a bit misleading because the cover looks cute and sweet and then the synopsis is pretty dark. Still, it sounds really engrossing. I want to know who and why she killed. Sometimes the “evil” protagonists are my favorite. I will keep my eye out for Ketchup Clouds!

  6. Ooooh I got this for review, and I can’t WAIT to start it! Doesn’t it sound fantastic?! Great pick :)

  7. Eve says:

    This sounds like it’s going to be so much fun!! The cover and the synopsis are intriguing. And a lot of the reviews on GR are positive, so this goes straight to my tbr list!

  8. Like Arial said, the cover for this one is so cute, but so misleading at the same time. I’m really looking forward to this, though, because it sounds so… different, so dark and gritty. Those are the kinds of contemporaries I love. I seriously hope that this won’t disappoint. Brilliant choice, Cee!

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