Yours Truly by Annabel Pitcher
(Previously entitled Ketchup Clouds)
5 / 5 Stars
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.
I know what it’s like.
Mine wasn’t a woman. Mine was a boy. And I killed him three months ago exactly.
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.
Honestly, I just finished the book and I tried to do something different by reviewing it while reading it. If I read something I did, or didn’t like, I wrote about it. In the end, I deleted it – all of it. Because yes, the beginning was slow. Yes, there were parts that I felt didn’t make sense or the character would break the fourth wall and catch me off guard or the character did something that seemed completely out of character. But toward the end, I couldn’t put it down. I finished the book in its entirety and I fell in love with it the way I always hope to fall in love with books. The ending was flawless and Pitcher’s writing was beautiful. So many one-liner sentences that I would highlight in a second if I could ever convince myself to write inside one of my books.
I thought the ending of this was absolutely phenomenal and I 100% believe it deserves 5 stars. So so fantastic. A+.
I absolutely recommend this book!! It will be a part of my upcoming giveaway if I have anything to say about it. More people NEED to read this and it would be a privilege to share this with someone.