Monday, June 6, 2011

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Author: A.S. King

Summary: (goodreads:) 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.

Review: This down-to-earth novel combined some really unrealistic elements together to weave an amazing thought-provoking story about facing reality and moving on. The interjections of other characters were funny, quirky, conversational; all those qualities provided comic relief in a dark manner for all the other emotional stuff Vera was going through.

The main character was dealing with a lot of stuff in her life that she hadn't gotten past and usually I find myself disliking characters like this. Vera was different. She was in denial, but she her personality was strong and she tried to make things right on her own terms. Vera is one of the most realistic personalities I've ever read about because, although dramatic at times, she didn't want to be seen suffering. Vera was strong in that she knew how to keep up appearances and even when she was alone, she managed to try to get herself back on her feet, even if she did use methods that were drowning her more in problems.

The writing was wonderful and all the characters were very engaging. The way in which everything panned out was surprising and there were so many things that made me raise my eyebrows, but the informal, conversational tone of the book kept it grounded and real. I really recommend it.

Rating: 1 2 3 4 4.5 5

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