REVIEW: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375865861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375865862
  • Author Website: A.S. KING
  • Rating: YYYY

  • 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?


    If Vera Dietz had her wish she would always wear an invisibility cloak so that she would become unseeable to everyone because she wanted nothing more than to live her life totally under the radar except to Charlie Kahn: most despised best friend, secret love of her life and now dead after being accused of a heinous crime.

    With Charlie's untimely passing Vera has had to face the lies and dark twisted truths that she so valiantly kept evading her entire life, but such efforts are futile when Charlie's ghost demands that she confess and clear his name. The problem with this scenario is that she hates him and doesn't know if she wants to help the boy that ultimately pushed her into the "spotlight" after trying to annihilate her. Yet, try as she might to ignore his tenacious ghostly presence she finds that she cannot ignore the truth about the night that Charlie died and that revelation is where her journey to self acceptance and honesty begins.

    When I was asked to review PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ I jumped at the chance because A.S. King is a captivating and impressive author (Dust of 100 Dogs) and I knew that I would witness something amazing between those pages and I was not disappointed. I admired this quirky and unconventional story that was heartbreaking and candid right down to the very last word. I was held rapt audience as I went along with Vera and observed how she transformed before my very eyes and I not only understood where she was coming from but I also became her advocate. She also proved that we create our destiny, that our past does not define us and her courage to speak the truth and put herself out there would not expose her but would release her from the prison of her parents legacy she felt she could not escape. Her relationship with Charlie was complicated and held together by many secrets, but there was honest emotion at it's core and ultimately Vera came to realize this, but would it ever be enough for her to do the right thing?

    Although I am not a fan of multiple POV's it worked for PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ especially when witnessing Vera's dad and his rationale for raising Vera and Charlie's bits of self loathing post mortem. Their views would sometimes leave my heart aching or craking a smile that came from a twisted place inside of me. It is not an easy read to digest and you may be left haunted by some of it's darker moments but A.S. King has the power to create a story that while compelling, brutal and comically twisted you will be glad that you have read it.

    **A word from the talking Pagoda**

    "Please don't ignore PLEASE IGNORE VERA DEITZ"

    3 comments on "REVIEW: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King"

    Liviania wrote: September 12, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I'm about to start reading this one! I can't wait.

    So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: September 13, 2010 at 4:14 AM

    I'm so glad that this lived up to D100D as I loved that. I need to get my hands ona copy of this!

    anjohnston wrote: September 13, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    I hadn't heard anything about this novel so thanks for the review. It sounds really good.

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