Please Ignore Vera Dietz
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 ...more
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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
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
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 goo ...more
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 ...more
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
What makes this author stand out from the dozens of thousands other YA authors is her creative and touching inclusion of magical realism at unexpected places. I say touching because those magical realism eleme ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ahhh. Everything is going to be OK.
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
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
Yes, please, ignore Vera Dietz. Ignore this book altogether.
At first I thought it was just too off-the-wall-quirky for my liking. Which it was. But so much worse than that, too.
Meet Vera. She's better than you. And everyone else tbh.
According to her.
Important: Vera is not a slut. Cause there are a lot of sluts in this book. You are a stripper? You are a slut. You wear black eyeliner? You are a slut. You enjoy cheerleading and college sports? You are a slut. And sucking dicks is probs one of ...more
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 ...more
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