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Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
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Jun 02, 10

Read in May, 2010 — I own a copy

This book I had to read in chunks, because it pulled at me in a way I could handle only with a break in between. PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ made me think vaguely of every coming-of-age and enduring-loss book that has grabbed me of late: Jay Asher's THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and Alice Sebold's LOVELY BONES and maybe a bit of John Green's LOOKING FOR ALASKA, with smatterings of the yearning and angst and not-fitting-in-ness that made S.E. Hinton's books speak to people. ...But written in a voice that's like no other.

This is being marketed as YA, but ignore that. This is a book for anyone who was ever 17 or 18 and didn't really fit in anywhere. It's a book for anyone who has loved with all their being and watched the person become someone they can't be with, and has endured the pain of being shut out. It's a book for anyone who's had a parent who had no idea what they were about or who abandoned them or who was never quite there in the first place.

And it's a book for anyone who wants to believe we can pretty much survive whatever life passes to us and that we can all find our place in the world.
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