Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My thoughts on "PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ" by A.S. King

(from Goodreads)

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.


I enjoyed this book a lot. I think that A.S. King did a great job developing her characters and the story itself was very good.

I love contemporary stories already so I was already leaning towards liking this one.

When the story begins all you know is that Charlie is dead and that something happened between Vera and him...and as the story goes on you learn what happened along with other new stuff.

This story gets into Vera's head and you learn what she has gone through and what she is currently going through. She is a pretty tough girl, I think. Her mother left when she was 12 (I believe) and she is being raised by only by her father, who is a little over protective. Her father chooses to ignore the bad and this has affected Vera in some ways.

Vera has a lot to carry on her shoulders and she has no friends. In addition to having no friends she has a few people that give her a hard time all of the time.

Vera is trying to figure out her life and it is very difficult for her with everything that is going on. She still hasn't faced Charlies death and she has begun drinking.

Her father tries to be there for her, but he doesn't know what to do. I like that the story showed their differences and difficulties, but it also showed how they worked together to fix it.

Even though this story deals with death, distrust, betrayal and forgiveness, it isn't a very deep read like say, one of Ellen Hopkins. A.S. King did a great job with this story.         

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