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2011 – Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King

January 10, 2011

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?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

Post links to reviews of or your thoughts on this book in the comments.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2011 12:59 pm

    an excerpt from my review:

    Some of the more charming and brilliant moments of the novel are King’s use of flowcharts. These are actual graphics in the novel which highlight the paths to a variety of mistakes we can all make in our lives. A recurring message in the novel, however, is that it is very easy for anybody to avoid the devastating mistakes we make in our lives. We so often anchor ourselves down with pride that we rarely take the opportunities to make things right. We’d almost rather blind (bind?) ourselves and choose incorrectly. By allowing bad things to weigh us down, we only have ourselves to blame. The spirit of Charlie, talking to the reader from “the other side” suggests that the bad decisions we make while we are alive are most often made out of fear or hopelessness that nothing good is going to come of it anyway, so why bother. These are the choices which can be so easy to avoid, yet we allow ourselves to make them…and act surprised when the outcome is ugly. It is King’s use of the flowchart which illustrates this message in very clear, poignant, and humorous, diagrams.

  2. July 11, 2011 3:37 pm

    I really, really liked this book and was glad it won an award. It hasn’t simmered well, though in my memory. I’m all fuzzy on the details just a few months after reading it. Maybe I’m already due for a reread. Here’s my review:

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