Please Ignore Vera Dietz

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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?

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Beginning with the funeral of Charlie Kahn, high school senior Vera's neighbor and former best friend, this chilling and darkly comedic novel offers a gradual unfolding of secrets about the troubled teenagers, their families, and their town. Though Charlie's death hangs heavily over Vera, she has the road ahead mapped out: pay her way through community college with her job delivering pizza while living "cheap" in her father's house. But first she has to face her fractured relationship with her father, a recovering alcoholic who worries about her drinking; the absence of her mother, who left six years earlier; and the knowledge that she could clear Charlie's suspected guilt in a crime. Vera is the primary narrator, though her father, Charlie (posthumously), and even the town's landmark pagoda contribute interludes as King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) shows how shame and silence can have risky--sometimes deadly--consequences. The book is deeply suspenseful and profoundly human as Vera, haunted by memories of Charlie and how their friendship disintegrated, struggles to find the courage to combat destructive forces, save herself, and bring justice to light. Ages 13–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Laura Lehner
Vera Dietz likes flying under the radar. She is a straight-A student, works full-time as a pizza delivery technician, and, as a high school senior, doesn't have much of a social life. She's also an alcoholic who keeps a bottle of vodka under the seat of her car. When her neighbor and former best friend, Charlie, dies, Vera is torn between her profound grief and her anger at Charlie for having coldly betrayed her six months earlier. Only she can clear his name from a crime he was supposed to have committed, and this is her conflict — to exonerate the boy who hurt her so deeply, or to let people believe he was capable of unthinkable brutality. It is hard to describe how deeply affecting this story is. Vera and Charlie are both the victims of extremely bad parenting, but that only scratches the surface of the novel. The writing is phenomenal, the characters unforgettable. The narrative weaves through the past and present, mostly from Vera's viewpoint but with telling asides from other characters. There is so much in here for young people to think about, presented authentically and without filters: drinking and its consequences; the social hierarchy of high school; civic responsibilities; and teens' decisions to accept or reject what their parents pass down to them. It is a gut-wrenching tale about family, friendship, destiny, the meaning of words, and self-discovery. It will glow in the reader for a long time after the reading, just like the neon red pagoda that watches over Vera and her world. Reviewer: Laura Lehner
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Vera Dietz and her troubled neighbor, Charlie, were best friends since childhood until they started to fall for one another junior year and everything broke apart. Evil Jenny Flick decides that she wants Charlie and that Vera is in the way. When Jenny offers Charlie oral sex and he refuses, she broadcasts his secret about his father's domestic abuse to the whole school and blames Vera. In "retaliation," Charlie reveals the fact that Vera's mother was a stripper before she deserted the family and then starts a perilous relationship with Jenny. In chapters that alternate scenes in the present with "history," plus various points of view, Vera's story begins at Charlie's funeral where she hides the truth about Jenny's part in his death. It seesaws through her full-time job delivering pizzas while maintaining "A" grades, her upsetting relationship with Charlie, her conflicts with Jenny as well as her father, her romance with a 23-year-old coworker, and other complications. This oddly compelling page-turner is unfortunately rather flawed. When circumstances call for Vera to end her heavy drinking, she surprisingly just stops. Charlie's ghostly presence manifests itself through hard-to-imagine replications. The perspectives of Vera's father, dead Charlie, and the pagoda atop the town (yes, the pagoda speaks) minimally click. Vera's father's "flow charts" about dealing with life circumstances seem out of place. Yet, Vera is a strong character whom readers will root for throughout her ups and downs. Ultimately, this will be read by teens who like edgy contemporary books dealing with untimely teen death, such as Brooke Taylor's Undone (Walker, 2008) or Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why (Razorbill, 2007).—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307942111
  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

A.S. King is also the author of The Dust of 100 Dogs.  Amy spent a decade living self-sufficiently on an Irish farm before she returned to the United States.  She now lives with her family in a small Pennsylvania town.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Impossible to Ignore

    I couldn't put this book down! I just had to know what happened! There was never a dull moment, and the beginning is so captivating. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is easily, one of the best books I've ever read in this genre. This book is edgy, witty, and the characters are awesome.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    While I enjoyed the mystery behind this novel very much, I was l

    While I enjoyed the mystery behind this novel very much, I was less than pleased with the ending. King presents readers with the story of Vera and Charlie, two childhood friends who drift apart due to many different circumstances, but the main one, according to Vera, is his new set of friends and their drugs/alcohol. But there are so many different sides to Charlie and his life that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what is it, and when he dies, there is much speculation. According to Vera, she knows the truth; she knows why Charlie died, what he was responsible for, and what others were responsible for. However, by the end, I felt it was still all a bit unclear.

    I really enjoyed Vera’s voice, but I still feel like I don’t know anything, and I’m not really sure that the story itself made much sense. I lost all respect for Charlie as the story went on—he’s a real jerk—and I just can’t get over the end, which isn’t an end at all. Charlie is dead, but why? We’re given an idea of what might have happened, but I’m not sure I believe it, and therefore, everything is still up in the air in my mind, which is unfortunate because the whole reason I picked up this novel was due to the mystery. I wanted to know what happened to Charlie. Now, while I enjoyed the novel overall, Charlie’s character, his actions, and that of his friends, really left me with a sour taste in my mouth, which is fine, but it was the lack of a conclusion that really made me lose much of my gumption over the story. Maybe I missed some vital sentence somewhere that spelled it out for me, but since Vera claims to know the truth, I really expected the truth, and not just another speculation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    A Great Book!

    I read this when I checked it out from my school's library. It got off to a somewhat slow start, and it took me a while to get into it. Usually, I can read an entire book at school in a week, this one took me two or three. I really liked the story though, and the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2011

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    Highly Recommend

    This is a great example of YA Fiction. The story was told beautifully, I cant wait to read more from A.S. King.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Great YA Fiction

    Vera's used to be best friend, Charlie died. Their friendship took a turn for the worst 6 months earlier. Fast moving story told from several points of view, Vera, her father, Charlie's ghost, even inanimate objects. Vera is trying to put Charlie and all the rumors and nastiness behind her, but she is being haunted by Charlie's ghost.
    There are a few mysteries throughout the story that kept me reading at breakneck pace (well, I can't really read at a breakneck pace, but you know what I mean.) Why and how did Charlie die? What happened to end the friendship? What is going on between Vera and her father and why is their relationship so matter of fact?

    Really, the best part of the book is the growth of the relationship between Vera and her father. Vera's mother abandoned the family years ago. This is one of the barriers standing between Vera and her father.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    King does it again!

    Ever since her best friend Charlie died, Vera's had a hard time dealing with life. Wait, back up. Ever since Charlie ditched Vera for the detentionheads (and THEN died), Vera's had a hard time dealing with life. And her dad, the biggest proponent of the "just ignore it" philosophy, is slow to notice, or at least slow to show Vera that he's noticing. And somehow Vera is stuck living life as a full-time high school student/full-time pizza delivery technician.

    Even describing the book is a little confusing and wrapped up in itself. But King pulls it off in a way that only she can, by allowing the pagoda on the hill (yes, a building), Vera's dad, and Vera's dead best friend to all weigh in, along with Vera herself, on Vera's life. Through their joint narration, we get a glimpse of the real Vera (and the real Charlie and the real Vera's Dad). They're all flawed. There are no knights (or supernatural beings of your choice) in shining armor here. They're all just trying to make it through. Even Charlie, who is doing so from beyond the grave.

    Though this is part mystery (we know Charlie's dead, but we don't know how or why), part "issue" book (Vera drinks a lot, much to the concern of her recovering alcoholic dad), part dangerous relationship (1-Vera's crush is in his twenties. 2-the flashbacks contain a guy who wants to take grade school Vera and Charlie's pictures. 3-Vera is herself the product of a young high school romance gone wrong), it is mostly a darkly funny book about grief. Everyone, except maybe the pagoda, is grieving someone. It's the way that they each deal with their grief, Vera and Charlie over the loss of each other and their friendship, Vera and her dad over the abandonment by Vera's mom, that makes this such a compelling book. There is plenty of the weird, the funny, the snarkiness, and the romance to keep the book fun, but it is the way that Vera et. al. deal with the more serious aspects that made me care about them.

    It sounds all over the place, and I wish I could write a more coherent/convincing review. You'll just have to trust me that Please Ignore Vera Dietz is one that you really should pick up.


    Book source: Philly Free Library

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK

    Anyone who's a fan of John Green's books will surely enjoy this book. It's a must read! Once you start reading it you can't stop. It will make you feel many emotions like anger, laughter, and sadness. This book moved me in so many ways. If your looking for a book to make you tear up this is it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    One of my favorite books of all time! I could not get enough, re

    One of my favorite books of all time! I could not get enough, read it 3 times already! I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed it too and I think I made a sort of personal connection to it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    I loved this book so much!

    I loved this book so much that ords cannot describe how i felt after finishing the book!!! I loved Charlie and the only thing i would'v changd was that vera and Charlie never got to tell each other that they liked each other. Also my hard cover copy is signed by A.S. King!!!!!!!!!!!!! And i am serious i really got it signed. Peace yallllllll ~Emo Hamster :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Why Please Ignore Vera Dietz is awesome

    I loved this book very much and it is one of my favorites. It was very well written and the character development was awesome! I felt as if I really knew Charlie and I will never look at a the same way again. Seriously guys, this is a must read.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    I think this book was Great and it's very sad that Vera Dietz ha

    I think this book was Great and it's very sad that Vera Dietz hasn't had her mother in her life for awhile until she has to call her up because her father doesn't want her follow their foot steps in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    One to remember

    A moving tale about a girl coming to terms with the death of her best friend and the events leading up to it, while attempting to mend her broken relationship with her father. Filled with colorful characters and beautiful writing, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a book to remember, and A.S. King is an author I can't wait tonread more from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Great book.

    I loved every word of it, but was disappointed in the lack of details and 'wrapping up' of the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Brilliant!

    Oh wow. Vera is an amazing character. Clever, funny, self reliant, and struggling to deal with a tragedy in such a real and believable way. You feel like you're right beside her every step of the way. What a crazy story, emotionally rough but offset with humor. And for once, a teen book with a parental character that is actually complex, developed, human, and likeable. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Shadow

    How about here instead? Locked out of first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Blank

    I really liked this book and could not put it down. I strongly recommend reading this book, its a great read. However, I did not like how Vera did not try and defend herself when Jenny Flick and the others did or said something to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Great book!

    I origanlly got this book because it had a cool cover, but as soon as i started to read it i couldn't put it down! It is great book and i would highly recomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Awesome!

    I havent goin the book on the nook but i'm reading it rite now and it has good spunk and i'm crazy hooked



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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Is this story depressing????


    Is it??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Cool book

    This book is funny and super fun to read you have to read this amazing!!!!:)

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