Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a book by A.S. King about a pizza-delivering high-school senior named Vera whose best friend Charlie is dead.
The story jumps around in time covering the nine months after he died along with their lives up till then. We learn about how they became friends and how their friendship fell apart, and about saying something when something is wrong. The whole idea of ignoring things and not getting involved to maintain a peaceful zen life gets a pretty good criticism in this book.
What I loved about the book was the shifting in time and perspective. We all know right from the beginning that Charlie dies, but we don’t exactly know how. It’s a good hook and as we learn more about them we want to know how it came to be this way. King did something similar in The Dust of 100 Dogs, where the main character dies in the prologue and the rest of the book is about getting us back to that point. The book is mostly told from Vera’s perspective but there are bits tossed in from her dad’s point of view (he’s a recovered alcoholic whose wife left and changed the spelling of her name so he writes about her as CindySindy, which is kind of heartbreaking), and from the dead boy’s point of view, and from the big pagoda monument that sits on the hill above their town. It’s really well done.
The villains are appropriately high-school insane. I’m very glad I never encountered such a vindictive horrible liar as Jenny Flick, but I completely believe she exists (maybe she got a bit moustache-twirly at the very end, but I wouldn’t put her actions past her).
So yes, a very good YA book.
Honstely when I read the first few pages I did not think I was going to enjoy this book. However reading a bit more pages I couldn't put the book down! I like how it's written, one chapter going between the present life of Vera and the next chapter the past life, and the A brief word from the dead kid chapter. Highly recommend read this.
Vera Dietz is smart, hard-working, and haunted by the ghost of her best friend. Well...ex-best friend if you want to know the truth.
Vera had a falling out with Charlie, then five months later Charlie has a falling out with life. No one wants to discuss what happened with either situation, but Vera knows the whole story. What's more, Charlie was blamed for a horrible crime. Now Vera must struggle with whether to clear his name or not.
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I was really taken with this book! The characters were practically alive; I laughed and my eyes teared up at points. I would recommend this book to readers who liked Looking for Alaska (John Green) and We Were Liars (e. lockhart).
I'm really enjoying A.S. King. Just want to put that out there right up front. This is the third book of her's I've read and the third 5 star review I've given her. Each of her books has been very different so far and just the right amount of fun and heartbreaking.
Vera Dietz hates her best friend Charlie Khan. Mostly because he's dead, secondly because he started hanging out with a different crowd and treating her badly. Vera deals with this by mostly not dealing with it, drinking, and not letting the police or anyone else really know what happened the night Charlie died.
Vera has her secrets, Charlie has his, and as much as they are privy to each others with and without saying so because they're neighbours there's a lot that neither really talk about. Vera and her father also don't talk a lot either, mostly hovering around the fallout of Vera's mother leaving them six years prior to the events of the novel.
The book is very heavy, admittedly. But there's lighthearted moments to it as well. Vera is our main narrator but every once in awhile there's input from Vera's father (usually with a flow chart), the late Charlie himself, and an infamous town landmark (yes you read that right).
It's a great book about secrets, grief, friends, and knowing yourself. Throughout the novel, no matter how things get, Vera knows who she is and what is right. Even if it takes a little bit for her to get there.
There's no one who writes quite like A.S. King. Vera Dietz is an adventure in the strange, featuring a compelling mystery with qualities of magical realism and narration from everyone from a dead person to an inanimate pagoda. Vera, our main character, is unforgettable and you can't help but root for her. Definitely take a look at this one!
Super quick read and well worth the time. I really liked the characters, they seemed both real and dealing with real things. Just wish there would have been a little justice for one.
"Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if I loved him once?" In dark, cutting prose that's also drily funny, high-school senior and "pizza delivery technician" Vera Dietz tells of her struggles to cope with her best friend Charlie's scandalous death -- and to deal with his ghost, who's begging Vera to clear his name. Here's the kicker: five months before Charlie died, he effectively ruined Vera's life, so she isn't at all sure she wants to help him. Sex, lies, vices, and secrets litter the pages of this edgy, compelling read that fans of strong characterisations, complex relationships, and raw emotion will love." Teen Scene June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/7b566aed-1e9e-4c94-a7d6-47b0da5d5ef2?postId=cdea2c98-6cc1-4765-8ee6-f42ef293d52f
I wish that those who love the Twilight series would read more books like these. There are no vampires, (although one ghost is hanging about), but the main character is a real teenage girl who is funny and has real kid problems, (for the most part). I read this in no time because I didn't want to put it down. It's part mystery, part comedy, part teenage drama. Enjoy!
Great story. I agree it's a page turner. I was hooked after the first page. Mature subject matter? Yes and language, but I think it is in keeping with the characters' personalities.It is, at times, funny, sad and haunting.
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