Publication: 12th October 2010/Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
"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."
Please Ignore Vera Dietz is one of those books, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, that everyone in their teens should read at least once in their lives. Not because it is a fantastic book but because it tells a very powerful story about love, loss and hope.
The story is based around 18 year old Vera who is coping with the loss her best friend, Charlie, working a full time job while keeping up with schoolwork.
This book is full of realism. It talks of alcoholism, domestic abuse, broken homes, pedophilia, bullying and broken hearts. I know what you are thinking, this sounds like the most depressing book in the whole world, but trust it is not. It also has humor sprinkled throughout in unique ways.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz has a very interesting narrative. It is told from multiple points of views such as Vera's, the dead best friend's, Vera's Dad as well as an inanimate pagoda. I like this because it gave a well rounded story seen from different angles.
With all this said, you might be wondering why I only gave it 3.5 stars. Well, I cannot tell you. I do not know. There was just something that stopped my from loving this book. Maybe it's the realism in Vera's voice that is so scary because all the things that happened in the book actually happen to people, every day.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz will tear at and stomp on your heart and will leave with the tragic feeling that you got after reading Bridge to Terabithia for the first time. That said, I still advise you too read it.