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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 wa...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Tatiana
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So, this novel just got awarded Printz Honor. I guess I wasn't hyping it for nothing. Please, fellow goodreaders, check this book out!

Let me just get this out of the way, I am glad I gave A.S. King another chance. I liked her debut novel (The Dust of 100 Dogs) OK, for its creativity and originality, but I wasn't wowed by it. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a better, even though more mainstream, YA novel.

I don't know how it happened, but I've read quite a few YA books abou...more
Emily May


I have been lucky enough to read a LOT of great books this year and up until now I had a clear I-shine-above-the-rest favourite: On the Jellicoe Road. Though I am actually going to be daring enough to say to all you Marchetta-obsessed bookaholics that for me Please Ignore Vera Dietz could compete with the sad and beautiful emotional turmoil I felt for On the Jellicoe Road.

There are two young adult topics that always make me think "oh, not again", and they are:

1) teen pregnancy, and
2) coping wit...more
Reynje
There was a reason Charlie was such a bright blazing sun. He came from endless cold, black space.
I couldn’t sleep after finishing Please Ignore Vera Dietz.

I gave up on trying to untangle my emotional reaction from my critical thoughts, all hopelessly snarled together with lingering question marks, and just lay staring into the dark. The story refused to seep quietly into my consciousness, to be filed away neatly into a mental catalogue: good writing, interesting characters, believable dialogue...more
Lisa O.
Nov 08, 2011 Lisa O. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa O. by: readalong with the amazing Shirley, Reynje and Maja
Shelves: ebook, ya-lit
Talk about a heartbreak. I'll have to read at least TEN predictable, fluffy, instalovish, lovetrianglish light-hearted books to recover from this one.

The main voice is Vera's, an 18 y.o student/pizza deliverer who lives alone with her father and whose best friend Charlie has just died. We don't really know how or why, nor do we know why Vera seems to be so royally pissed at him:

"Let me tell you - if you think your best friend dying is a bitch, try your best friend dying after he screws you over...more
Flannery
Sep 07, 2011 Flannery rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Flannery by: Tatiana, Catie, Jo
Vera Dietz is a good person. This book is like watching Vera in the gallows being pelted with tomatoes until she is finally released to go on her way. Her lifelong best friend Charlie just passed away under somewhat mysterious circumstances, the town blames him for something which tarnishes his reputation, and Vera is being harassed by some of her schoolmates. The thing about Vera, and I absolutely loved her as a character, is that she just deals with it. She is angry with Charlie, she hates him...more
Shirley Marr


Once, I had a colleague tell me about her high school-aged son who was acting "moody, unreasonable and ill-tempered". "Why?" I asked her and she said "It's over his proposed career choice". What had he told Mum? I wondered... that he wanted to become a tattoo artist? A drug lord? *shudders* A politician? "He said he wants to become a vet..." she said. I sighed in relief. "...and I said NO because I told him - if he wants to become a doctor, become a HUMAN doctor. Y'KNOW?" At that my heart just d...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars

“Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if you loved him once? Even if he was my best friend? Is it okay to hate him for being dead?”

Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a story about a 18-year-old girl faced with the loss of her best friend.
On one side, this novel is burdened with a scary amount of raw realism. It tells a story that hits too close to home, one that none of us want to hear. There are pedophiles, abusive husbands, drinking problems, runaway mothers and friends who break our hearts....more
Annalisa
Mar 27, 2011 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annalisa by: Janessa
Some 20 pages into the book I thought to myself, "I don't really care what this book is about and honestly the subject matter hasn't grabbed me yet, but I don't care. I would follow this girl anywhere." I love a good voice.

Vera is a high school senior grieving over her best friend's death, only at the time of his death, Charlie was her frenemy. It makes the grieving process a little harder when you hate and love the person at the same time, when you have so many unresolved issues that you'll nev...more
Mark
"It's one thing if he wants to ignore it. I guess that's fine. I mean, I ignore plenty of stuff, like school spirit days and the dirty looks I get from the Detentionheads while I try to slink through the halls unnoticed. But there's something about telling other people what to ignore that just doesn't work for me. Especially things we shouldn't be ignoring.

Kid bullying you at school? Ignore him. Girl passing rumors? Ignore her. Eighth grade teacher pinch your friend's ass? Ignore it. Sexist geom...more
Catie
4 1/2 stars

I know that I really enjoyed this one because I kept sneaking off on the other two books that I’m currently reading to cheat with it. This enigmatic, clever story is told mainly by Vera Dietz, with guest spots for her dad, her recently dead best friend Charlie, and the Pagoda (an architectural oddity in her town). Vera’s very angry with Charlie at the beginning of this book, for reasons which the reader is slowly allowed to know through a series of flashbacks and hints. I don't want t...more
Lora
Jan 27, 2012 Lora rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of YA realistic fiction
Recommended to Lora by: Reut
Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if I loved him once? Even if he was my best friend? Is it okay to hate him for being dead?

Vera's conflicting feelings toward Charlie after his death mirror mine over her story. I don't think I've ever been this conflicted over a book in all my years of reading.

Vera Dietz has secrets: she has a crush on a boy five years her senior; she's drinking vodka coolers under the radar; and, perhaps her biggest secret of all, she knows a whole helluva lot more about her...more
Jo
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Ahhh. Everything is going to be OK.

High point.
OK, I tried to just pick one, but I couldn't narrow it down to just one in this case. I LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK. But anyway- Vera Dietz, one of the most realistic (and likeable) heroines I have ever read, such a compelling story, AS Kings' writing is just ridiculously engaging and I honestly couldn't put it down, well-thought out characters (even the secondary ones), BEST DAD EVER, heart-breakingly honest, FLOW CHARTS...more
Thomas
On the surface level, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is about the death of a girl's best friend. But, because that would be too easy, it's much deeper. Vera Dietz, the girl in question, has spent a solid portion of her life in love with Charlie Khan - the same boy she hung out with when she was a kid. Then high school happens, and their relationship takes a turn for the worse. Vera comes to hate Charlie; however, when Charlie dies in a devastating way, will she be willing to clear his name?

Please Igno...more
Ariana
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Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl.
They've been friends since forever, they cared for each other, they played and went to school together, they were inseparable.
They fell in love.
...Until they grew up.
Until things got complicated.
Until there was no longer a boy and a girl.
But only a girl, only Vera..
...Please ignore Vera Dietz.
"What is the sound of one hand clapping?"
That's how I feel without Charlie. Like one hand clapping

All her life Vera's been thought to 'ignore'.. To ignore the k...more
Alyssa
So, because no review I could ever write would do this book justice, I’ll just leave you with my somewhat crazy mental jot-notes. Don’t hate too much, my friends. Trust me that when you read this book you’ll have a hard time reviewing it, too.

My thoughts on page 7:

- Vera, you're freaking cool. You have a really realistic yet unique voice. I like that you talk to yourself Charlie out loud. And I like that you’re a pizza delivery person technician, because I love them. Stay cool, kid.
- Charlie, yo...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Meet Vera Dietz, precocious high school senior. She's a Smirnoff-swigging pizza delivery technician with a weakness for older men. But she's also a serious student with plans for college and a fondness for big vocabulary words. She doesn't always show the best judgment, but she has a responsible streak that seems to be missing in her peers.

Vera has issues--lots of issues--including abandonment by her mother, the hypocrisy of adults, and worst of all, the mysterious death a few months ago of her...more
Ariel
Well! Another shining read from A.S. King! This has really solidified her as one of my new favourite authors and I definitely look forward to reading more of her books. As you can tell, however, I gave this a 4.4 rating instead of the 5/5 rating I gave Everybody Sees the Ants.. here's why I loved this and didn't!

First off, let's talk about some of the things I loved. Mainly, the writing. A.S. King's way of turning a phrase, the way she shares the things that are going inside of her characters he...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
4.5 stars of brilliance.

This book could've gone so wrong.

Let's look at the teen melodrama checklist:
-Alcoholic father - Check
-Absentee mother - Check
-Dead friend - Check
-Unpopularity - Check
-Drinking Problem - Check
-Wife beating neighbor - Check

Doesn't that sound a little bit like a lifetime original movie? Or an ABC family TV show (only nobody is pregnant)? But this book is smart. Really really smart. It's not an "issue" book, but a story of a girl who happens to have some issues. That's a hug...more
Reut
ETA (21/02/2014): Please note John Green is no longer my idol. I felt this was pertinent information to be added in light of some of his recent comments.

Oh, wow. I was so lucky to read Please Ignore Vera Dietz.

I read the Printz award winners and honorees because well, I feel like they know what they're talking about. Libba Bray, Melina Marchetta, and one of my idols--John Green--have all been awarded the Printz Award For Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

So even though PIVD sounded just the t...more
Pat
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Haleema
I'm not sure how in the world I'm going to write a comprehensible review about this one. I'm going to try my best.

You know those books that give you that weird, awesome, tingly sensation in the pit of your stomach while you read the first few pages? Those books that make you want to read more? Those books that tear your heart out? Those books that make you mad as hell just because you finished it?

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King is that book.

The book begins with a small quote by Zen koan t...more
oliviasbooks
"Please Ignore Vera Dietz" is a well written problem-oriented book.

It tells the story of 18-years-old Vera who recently lost her best and probably only friend Charlie Kahn twice: First a few months ago when the a group of up-to-no-goods called The Detentionsheads, led by notorious liar and exaggerator Jenny Flick, decided to assimilate Charlie into their group and reached their goal by systematically alienating Charlie from Vera (lies, rumours, ridicule), and last and finally when some prank or...more
Lisa
Nov 08, 2011 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: feels, y-a
"Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if you loved him once? Even if he was my best friend? Is it okay to hate him for being dead?”

This is going to be a ramble-y review(though I never seem to do non ramble-y reviews...) This book made me FEEL. It was one of those rare reads that consumed me from the start to the very end.

It broke my heart. It made me angry. It filled me with the memory of teenage angst and longing and all that horrible stuff.

Vera. Vera Dietz is definitely one of my characters of...more
Michelle Rebar
Sep 25, 2010 Michelle Rebar rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of John Green
This is me using spectacular in a sentence. I actually finished reading Please Ignore Vera Dietz a while ago, but it's one of those books that says with you long after the last page has been turned. It's kind of quirky and the characters are interesting and quite memorable. I would recommend Vera to fans of John Green (Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska), it's that same kind of book, but A.S. King has a unique style that is definitely all her own. I love how the story is told, alternating between c...more
Kristi
I loved King’s The Dust of 100 Dogs, so I couldn’t wait to read her new novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz. And although this novel is nothing like Dust of 100 Dogs... it is just as awesome. It may even be better.

Vera... oh Vera. Where to begin to describe such a unique character. Vera is weird. Vera is spunky, Vera is real. I would totally want to be friends with Vera. Vera made this novel for me. She was the reason that I couldn’t put it down.

After reading the premise of this novel, I wasn’t sur...more
Megan
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, what can I say about you that hasn’t already been said? 2011 Printz honor, fabulously written, pretty cool heroine, and all loose ends neatly wrapped up. That’s it in a nutshell. Are there things I don’t like about this book? Of course ~ however, A.S. King does such a good job of setting up the story, of creating such well rounded characters that somehow that doesn’t matter. When I finished this novel, certain aspects of the ending left me unsatisfied. But as I thought...more
jo mo
3/5

you can love someone
without it being like that.
you keep them a stranger,
a stranger who's a friend.
- capote

please ignore vera dietz reminds me a little of this little french flick (love me if you dare/jeux d'enfants)


so near and yet so far

this is the kind of story where you hope that everything is going to turn out alright, except that there is no chance -- NO WAY -- that might happen. i am not counting the fact that it (view spoiler)...more
Sesana
Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if you loved him once? Even if he was my best friend? Is it okay to hate him for being dead?


Charlie is dead. Vera was his best friend, until she wasn't anymore. She loved him, until she hated him. Until he turned his back on her. And now he's dead, and she knows more than she's told about how Charlie died. But she's paralyzed by her complicated feelings of love and hate towards Charlie, by her own guilt about what she did and didn't do before he died, and by...more
Isamlq
i loved this. there.i said it. i might probably will gush more later, but know that there’s not much i found wanting here. even with the shitty things that happened, even with that ending that had me wanting just a smidge more. because there’s a lot in this one that took me by surprise talking pagodas and pov of parents’ among them, and even with it, full of screwy choices and sad outcomes.

it’s the screw ups that do it for me. it’s always their sweet-sad stories that have me thinking and feelin...more
Kristy
Street Corner TBR Challenge
August TBR #5 per Flannery

When you get down to the nitty-gritty this book can be described in one word. Grief.
Vera mourns the loss of her best friend Charlie. She mourns the mother who abandoned her. She mourns the loss of innocence, of climbing trees and building a tree house. She has a job to do. She is haunted by it. She MUST clear Charlie's name. He did not do what everyone thinks he did. Vera knows the truth, she is just so mad/upset/confused at Charlie she doesn...more
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A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed REALITY BOY, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner ASK THE PASSENGERS, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ. She is also the author of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories for adults, MONICA NE...more
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