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Please Ignore Vera Dietz

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A 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
An Edgar Award Nominee
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens 2010
A Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2010
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
An Indie Next List Pick for Teens

Eighteen-year-old 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 af
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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
Aug 29, 2009 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2010, printz
As seen on The Readventurer

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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

When he was a child in his foster home, my father wasn't allowed to eat butter. Every day he would see the family children eat it at breakfast, but never once did he break the rule. People in nowhere town, nowhere country France never stopped reminding him that he didn't belong : part Algerian, part Parisian (like a different nationality for them really), he was the kid parents warned their children against, because god forbid any kind of open-mindedness. In the sixties, difference was not a go
Hailey (HaileyInBookland)

Now it's not often that I give books 1 star, but I just hated this one. I can see why other people would like it, but it was definitely not for me.
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
Sep 10, 2011 Limonessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Limonessa by: readalong with the amazing Shirley, Reynje and Maja
Shelves: ya-lit, ebook
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
Nov 11, 2010 Flannery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2011 Shirley Marr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Rule number one: Don't fall in love with your best friend.

Oh please. Next you're going to tell me to control how the blood flows in my body.

Here’s me using tandem in a sentence.
We will learn to forgive ourselves in tandem.

I know I said I was ready, and it would be a privilege to have my heart broken by this book. But did you ever wonder about it? About all the pieces of you you leave behind with every book you read and every page you turn. That oxymoronic feeling of being fully empty. And th
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.
Jan 18, 2011 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
4.25/5 stars! Oh, this was actually really good!
I especially liked Vera's straight-forward narration and the way she didn't gloss over anything. She mentioned periods, tampons and swearing, and it all felt very real. All of the main characters in this book felt very tangible and real by the way. I loved the way the relationship between Vera and her father was described and the way family dynamics in general were handled in this book. This, too, felt very realistic. In 'real life', no one is inhe
Whitney Atkinson
Mar 02, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5ish stars.

I listened to this audiobook in two sittings! I absolutely love A.S. King's writing style. I think it's quirky without being corny and she did really well writing a teenager's voice. That being said, I thought the plot of this book lacked a little bit of direction. It wasn't reaaally a mystery, and it mainly jumped back and forth between past and present, which I typically don't enjoy but in this case, I was alright with it because the layout and writing was done so well. Vera was a
"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
Vitor Martins
"Tem alguma coisa que não funciona quando você diz a uma pessoa o que ela deve ignorar. Especialmente se forem coisas que, na verdade, não devemos ignorar.

Um aluno praticando bullying na escola? Ignore.
O professor do oitavo ano belisca a bunda da sua amiga? Ignore.
O professor machista de geografia dizendo que as garotas não deviam fazer faculdade porque tudo que farão na vida é parir e engordar? Ignore.
Uma garota da sua sala está sendo violentada pelo padrasto e teve que ir pra clínica? Ela e
Jan 24, 2012 Lora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 he
Feb 28, 2011 Catie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, ya
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
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
Wayne Barrett
May 08, 2015 Wayne Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, young-adult, 2016

This is my second A.S King novel: Everybody Sees The Ants, and now, Please Ignore Vera Dietz. Lets just say, I have already added a couple more of her books.

The two aforementioned that I have read and the two that I have added are listed as YA novels. I can agree with this genre labeling because they deal with the lives of young adults, but the stories and the writing are such that, even as an older man, I found entertaining, gripping and pleasing due to the writing style of A.S. King.

Please Ig
Apr 24, 2015 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigger Warning: death of a loved one

Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a heartbreaking book about love and loss.

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?

I we
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
Kristina Horner
Apr 29, 2015 Kristina Horner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4 for me. This book was ultimately a good one, but way too melancholy and slow for a readathon. I appreciated how much Vera's attempt to be a bad kid were ruined by what a good person she was, deep down. I enjoyed being in her head, even when she didn't.
Feb 28, 2013 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2011 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Anabel (inthebookcorner)
this one was so good! But also extremely sad!

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
Lindsey Rey
Jul 28, 2014 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite A.S. King book so far! Loved the father/daughter relationship in this one!
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
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
Liz Janet
Jul 12, 2014 Liz Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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(There is trigger warning for domestic abuse in this book, as well as alcoholism)

“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 the story of Vera, who was in love with her best friend Charlie Khan. But he is dead now, and she is keeping a secret that can lead to why he died, so it is left to her to see if she will “clear his name” or remain silent, b
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A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed I CRAWL THROUGH IT, Walden Award winner GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, 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 and THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories f ...more
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“I'm sorry, but I don't get it. If we're supposed to ignore everything that's wrong with our lives, then I can't see how we'll ever make things right.” 351 likes
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