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Please Ignore Vera Dietz (original 2010; edition 2010)

by A.S. King

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Title:Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Authors:A.S. King
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2010), Hardcover, 336 pages
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Entertaining, interesting book -- but ultimately a mess. Lots going on -- teen death, emerging sexuality, abuse, poverty, alcoholism (teen and parent) and so on and so on. Okay for a mature 8th grader ready for some of these heavier themes. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
Angsty, mysterious, dogged -- all the things I like in a YA novel. Our female protagonist is dealing with the death of a friend, delivering pizzas, living with her SAH father, and the onset of graduation. But all these details are methodically revealed throughout the novel through frequent flashbacks, scene changes, and memories.

The style of this book takes some bold risks, doing lots of things they say not to do. 97% of the novel is the main protagonist, but there are scenes from the antagonist girl, the dead boy, even an inanimate building. (And I get yelled at for one head-hopping scene in my novel.) The scenes aren't extraneous, but they do jar one.

But that's the thing. This is a novel for the short attention span. Scenes are short, change time and setting often, to the point where you start to forget what the main timeline is and where we left the protagonist. And it's not like a mystery novel where someone investigates clues. They're just doled out methodically in a sort of flashback history that led to the downfall of these teenagers.

But my favorite aspect is that the novel raises questions, which is what good books do. The title refers to what happens when one chooses to turn a blind eye to events. The "first they came for the Jews, but I said nothing..." problem. The book appeals to the "jaded person in a shitty high school situation" plot, which I'm a sucker for. ( )
  theWallflower | Sep 19, 2014 |
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  sarafwilliams | Sep 13, 2014 |
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  sarafwilliams | Sep 13, 2014 |
If you are a fan of edgy YA - like The Perks of Being a Wallflower - then this is the book for you. King writes very realistically and is not afraid to show life like it really is. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Sep 10, 2014 |
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When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

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