Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

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When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375865640
9780375865862
0375865861
9780375965869
0375965866
Branch Call Number: y KING 2010
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 22 cm

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When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.


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Wanderlust_goat
Apr 21, 2017

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.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

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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LibraryAlison Apr 21, 2015

I was really taken with this book! The characters were practically alive; I laughed and I 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).

KateHillier Nov 27, 2014

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.

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Nov 20, 2014

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!

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pagetraveler
Jul 20, 2014

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.

ChristchurchLib Jun 02, 2014

"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

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elewep
Jan 26, 2013

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!

Pegusus1 Nov 21, 2012

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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elised
May 22, 2012

18-year-old Vera has always loved her best friend Charlie, and kept his secrets. She knows him better than anyone. But when he betrays her, and then gets himself killed, she doesn’t know whether to forgive him or hate him. Is it okay to hate a dead kid?

Vera’s grief is palpable, but not exaggerated. She is a very relatable character who wrestles with the weight of her family’s history and struggles to define her identity and find her independence. For a story that tackles death, abuse, abandonment, alcoholism, and domestic violence, the author takes a fairly open and even-handed approach, allowing the characters to navigate a complex world in all shades of gray. With a few notable exceptions, each character walks a fine line between right and wrong with a complicated mix of motivations. While the story does explore the implications of teen alcohol and drug abuse, Vera’s abrupt decision to quit drinking and reconnect with her father at the end of the book seem insincere given the otherwise naunced portrayal of Vera’s character.

The realism of the book is tempered with seemingly magical elements such as a talking pagoda, “brief words from the dead kid,” and ghosts that might seem strange or out of place to some readers, but may serve to add depth and complexity to the story for others.

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