Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Only three PAYA 2012 books left! 😦 I’ll miss them. Especially since I don’t think I’ll be able to go to PAYA next year considering I’ll likely already be at college. GROWING UP IS SAD.

Another judging-a-book-by-its-cover book. If you think about it, it’s really hard to not judge a book by its cover (and I’m strictly talking about books here, not giving some hidden metaphor for people or whatever, if you even started thinking that). When you’re walking through Barnes & Noble, just browsing, you’re likely going to gravitate towards the books with the pretty or interesting covers, unless you have a specific purpose for being there, in which case you’re just going to get the book you want without judging its cover. It’s not like I only buy books with gorgeous covers, but because the cover is the first thing you see, it really makes a case for whether the book is going to interest you or not, without you even having to open it. Okay, so I’m just going to stop ranting now.

If you like: love, romance, drama, friendship, overcoming hardship, getting closer with other people, clearing someone’s name, books told in alternating points of view which switch back and forth from the past to the present, and secrets, you will like this book.

Vera Dietz was in love with her neighbor, Charlie Kahn, her entire life. Charlie and Vera have both had rough lives: his father abused his mother, her mother walked out on the family; he is never shown affection from his parents, her dad barely knows whats going on in her life; he turned to drugs and risky behavior in order to cope, and she turned to alcohol. Even though she knows she should probably stay away from Charlie, Vera can’t. So when Charlie dies in mysterious circumstances, Vera is devastated: she sees Charlie everywhere, telling her to tell the police how he really died. But Vera is still hurt by all the things Charlie did before he died, and doesn’t know whether she wants to clear his name, or whether she just wants to be left alone…

This book was seriously good. It’s a little bit dark, so if you only like books with sunshine and bunnies and rainbows, you might want to steer clear. I’m not typically in love with dark stories, but I really liked this one. It keeps you on your toes in the way each chapter is told by someone else either in the past before Charlie died, immediately after he died, or in the present. It has a ton of twists and turns you won’t see coming, and was just fantastic. I’d recommend it!

Pages: 323
Genre: Young Adult, Drama, Romance, Serious Themes
Sequel?: No, but you can check out A.S. King’s other books here.

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