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Please Ignore Vera Dietz Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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I'm a middle-aged man who gave up on YA literature when he was a YA. Which was a long, long time ago.
But PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ is the real deal. No glittery vampires. No baloney. Just real, live people with real, live problems. Like the ones I had when I was a YA myself. And like the ones you might have right now.
It's a book with heart, a book with soul.
It's a book that will endure.
Buy a copy right this minute, and help make sure that that happens.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a powerful, tragic, and surprisingly poignant book. The majority of the book is narrated by Vera, who is a real, flawed, and darkly humorous character with a voice that demands to be listened to. Her narrative alternates between the past and present, and every so often a chapter from the point of view of Charlie, Vera's father, or even the pagoda in their hometown shows up in surprisingly refreshing interludes. King provides an excellent balance between all of these points of view, and the different perspectives give this book another interesting layer as readers can see firsthand the troubles Vera's father faced in his life and the mistakes he doesn't want his daughter to repeat, and Charlie's own regrets. The issue of children "fated" to become their parents is dealt with well, and King realistically portrays the conflicts and temptations that Vera faces without sugarcoating anything. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is as much about Vera's struggle to forgive Charlie as it is about her reconciling her feelings about her mother's abandonment and finally opening up to her father. This is an unforgettable book about mistakes, second chances, redemption, and becoming your own person--please don't ignore Vera Dietz.
My other major qualms with this book, were the characters felt like YA archetypes, and the rather boring plot. Charlie, The kid whose dad is abusive and does drugs. Vera, The girl who is seemingly apathetic about everything except for a troubled boy who gives her few reasons to love him. I'm not completely sure that any character felt unique. Maybe that's just a writer who understands she has to check certain boxes off when she creates characters. I'm not sure. But the most compelling character was Vera's dad, who seemed to give a damn about fixing his life and trying his best to deal with his situation. Vera wallows in her own misery, and suddenly rises like a phoenix for no reason at all, except to suddenly end a rather mundane narrative of pizza deliveries, pointless flashbacks, and interludes from a dead character.
Again, I had no issue with the writing. A.S. King is obviously exceptional in that regard. But it just felt like one long episode of an MTV teen drama. So many YA books deal with death and loss.Read more ›
Did you read The Dust of 100 Dogs? If you didn't, drop everything you are doing right now and go buy it! It was incredible. You have never read anything like it before, trust me! How does an author write a follow up that lives up to the extremely high expectations set by 100 Dogs? We should ask A.S. King, because she definitely did it.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz is about Vera Dietz, obviously. She's a little odd, but in a good way. She's dealing with the death of her ex-best friend, Charlie. She loved him. She hated him. She knows what happened the night he died, but can she find it in her to forgive him and clear his name?
Vera was such a fantastic protagonist! She was witty and smart, but she still did dumb things. She is a teenager so she is allowed a few dumb things. I connected with her instantly. My heart broke for her but she was unbelievable strong. She definitely held her own.
Her best friend Charlie is dead from the very beginning of the book, but you get glimpses of their relationship in the History chapters. I loved Charlie, and hated him. Just like Vera did. I wanted things to turn out differently for them, but obviously it couldn't because he was dead from page 1!
What makes this book so special? The writing! A.S. King has a way of telling you a story that will make you turn pages faster than you ever have before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As John Green said in TFiOS: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Valeria PG
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King is a poignant novel about the price one pays for staying silent. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Second Run Reviews
I hate this book so much, I can't even explain it.Published 3 months ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books
This book just keeps getting better and better as you read. I love the character development and the gradual reveal of the characters' history.Published 3 months ago by Heather Di