Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King

If you know me, you know why I got interested in this book in the first place. 🙂 And then I started seeing rave reviews of it everywhere, which made me want it even more — but so did a lot of people, clearly, because it took forever for this to get to the library for me! Totally worth it.

So our dear Vera is a high-school kid dealing with the fact that her best friend is dead. No, worse, that her best friend ditched her for losers and then up and died. No, worse… well, that would be spoiling it a bit too much.

That’s pretty much the whole plot. Girl loses best friend, deals with it, doles out the backstory in bits and pieces. It’s a decently compelling plot. But what I liked most about the book was the writing — King knows her way around an amusing sentence and definitely knows her way around an odd tangent. The book is mostly written from Vera’s point of view, but every once in a while her dad breaks in, or her dead friend Charlie, or this building called the Pagoda that really doesn’t want you throwing paper airplanes. That’s littering. Oh, and Vera’s dad tosses in a flow chart here and there and seriously, Ken Dietz’s Face Your Shit Flow Chart needs to be enlarged and prominently displayed on my wall. Everyone’s wall, really.

Recommendation: For fans of the tangent and imperfect/rebellious teenagers.

Rating: 8/10
(A to Z Challenge)

2 thoughts on “Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King

  1. Cari says:

    I have been seeing this book everywhere too – I figured you would read it and review it for me! *places hold now*

    Oh, I'm reading The Unit right now. I'm enjoying it.

  2. Alison says:

    Yes, I think this might have just won an award at ALA as well? It's a good book. Difficult to describe, but fun to read. 🙂

    And yay for The Unit! I like that I am such an influence on you!

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