Ketchup Clouds was beautiful from it's gorgeous design to the luring tale inside. It was a great novel that deserves so much more attention and not only did it surprise me but it definitely surpassed my expectations. Ruby had recommended it to me a while back and even though my library had a copy I hadn't had the chance to pick it up. But when I went book shopping with a birthday voucher I couldn't miss the chance to get a copy as I am a sucker for a great cover and this was no exception.
The blurb doesn't do justice to the engaging story which Annabel Pitcher has created and it didn't give me a clear idea of what it was about. So as you can imagine I was a bit hesitant to start it, to be honest. Saying that I would explain it to you, but it's just so hard to tell you what it's about in a way that will convince you to buy it - which you should. Having only a rough clue as to what Ketchup Clouds was about I was so surprised by the originality of the storyline, the unique characters and the writing style.
Zoe (which isn't her actual name) was a great protagonist and one I really liked. Even when we didn't know what she had done and our mind was left to wander, she was still a really enjoyable narrator & we couldn't hold anything against her. I particularly liked the relationships she shared with her two younger sisters Dot and Sophie who were so sweet. I also loved Aaron, but I'll leave it at that. The way Pitcher had so vividly described everything made me feel like I was only in her world and I was completely lured in. Whilst I was curious as to what she actually did, the story was told more then revealed. Piece by piece so that while I wanted to know, I was simply enjoying the ride.
It wasn't a tearjerker but it was quite a emotional book actually. It must seem like I'm sugar coating it all because it's quite a positive review. But whilst some very minor things irked me, I must admit. It didn't stop my overall enjoyment of the novel. It's a read I would recommend and I should point out that it is all in letter format which was quite a interesting change. But I think that with out the "From, Zoe"'s at the end, I probably wouldn't know because it was formatted very well. Contemporary fans will not be disappointed with this one and for some reason it reminded me of "Friday Brown" by Vikki Wakefield. I don't know how or why, but it did. Overall Ketchup Clouds is a engaging and original story that is totally underrated and one I really enjoyed.