Saturday, October 1, 2011

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Good Reads Summary

A 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

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.

My Thoughts

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 feeling too much and while vera could and did screw up sometimes it’s charlie that has me thinking even more. as said, vera could (and did) make crappy choices. this despite being usually levelheaded and pretty ordinary girl. i suppose it is the fact that she is ordinary, that she is “every-girl” that had me liking her even more. then there's the destiny she's so desperate to avoid. destinies that often touched on depressing in light of her father being a recovering alcoholic and a one-time stripper mother who’d left them.

I liked her and wanted to know more of what this sad spunky girl had to say. i wanted to know more of her despite her wanting to blend in. nope, because she wanted to blend in. she’s perfectly aware of a lot of things, at times too aware. and she’s angry and spunky but not so out there… in fact, she’s the total opposite with wanting to just go under everyone's radar. yet, she doesn’t… everything about simply grabbed at me... well, not her exactly but her recollections of the past… and of charlie. Oh. Boy. Charlie! he’s sad and another one of those whom you want give a hug just because!? except I couldn’t discount how he behaved and what he did… but still, that boy needed a hug…!

and the sad parts didn’t end with them because there’s her father to consider too. her father, her and her parents’ story are quite a big part of it. there’s a lot in here that had me smiling over her father’s choices, who’s just as jaded yet ordinary as she is except there’s something special about him, right? I mean just look at those flow charts!

a little of it is quirky, a good deal more is sad, bittersweet… i loved every single bit of it.

read this!


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