Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Yours Truly - Annabel Pitcher

First thing about this book, I love its former name, Ketchup Clouds.  I was lucky enough to find a copy of the hardcover Ketchup Clouds at a bookstore in Winnipeg while there for mine and Brian's wedding. (Of course we went to the bookstore the day after our wedding. Duh.) They had both the new paperback Yours Truly copies and the old hardcover Ketchup Clouds copies. I just think the former name is super awesome, so I had to have it.

This book is amazing.  Aside from the actual plot of the book, the format in which she tells the story is so interesting! Seriously, who thinks "I have a heartwrenching story to tell, it should probably be told in a series of letters to a serial killer." Annabel Pitcher does, that's who.  I absolutely love books that have characters who I don't admire or look up to. I love characters who mess up. I love characters who are just beautifully flawed. I've never understood why we want the characters in books to be realistic but also perfect people who always do the right thing.  Kind of contradictory if you ask me.

I haven't really clearly stated what the book is about yet, though. So I will now. Zoe is a teenager who is writing to a serial killer about how she killed a person she loves. That's really all you need to know. And if that didn't convince you, the first few sentences of the book should.

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.

Seriously. How could that not grab your attention.

So, whether you find a copy with the name Yours Truly, or the former (in my opinion, cooler) name Ketchup Clouds, you should beg/borrow/steal/purchase it and read it.


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