Book Title: Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Author: A.S. King
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 323
Find it at: A.S. King's Official Website
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My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?
Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.
This review is going to be hard, because I don't think I can find exact words to describe how I feel about this book.
Vera Dietz is just like other ordinary teenagers we know. Her father is a parsimonious accountant, who always emphasizes the importance of having a work for Vera. Her mother left her when she was in her early teen age. Vera is also that girl who can still keep her straight A grades while having a full time job in a pizza store. And she had a best friend, Charlie Kahn, whom she secretly fell in love.
The book is delivered in first person point of view, most of it is Vera's, with occasional from Vera's father's, Charlie's and even the ancient Pagoda (one of the symbols for Vera and Charlie's friendship. You will find the story recounts between the past and the present time.
This book is all about Vera Dietz. About how Vera copes with her best friend's death and with her mother leaving her and her father. The author has a very neat way in delivering the story, the readers can feel and understand Vera's grief without her being a noisy character. This leads into how such a complex story becomes a very light reading.
Enough what I have to say. It's better if you just grab the book and read it. Trust me, some books are not meant to be reviewed, and just to be felt and experienced so that you will know how I'm feeling.