Please don’t Ignore Vera Dietz

July 8th, 2011 Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Award-Winning, Fiction, Kelly, Young Adult

VeraDietzA. S. King’s Please Ignore Vera Dietz won a 2011 Printz award for good reason. It’s a funny, edgy, insightful. It’s dark in a real life sort of way.

Eighteen-year old Vera hates Charlie Kahn, her lifelong best friend and secret crush. She hates him even more because he’s dead. Everyone thinks Charlie did something terrible, and Vera can clear his name. If she can find a way to forgive him.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz touches on alcoholism, spousal abuse, and other problems real teens have. While the majority of the novel is told from Vera’s first person perspective, occasionally chapters are show from Vera’s dad perspective complete with flow charts (he’s a recovering alcoholic/current accountant who loves his daughter and tries to be a good parent), from Charlie, and from the Pagoda (a local structure used in the novel). The story–Charlie’s betrayal and fall from grace–emerges over the course of the novel, as relevant plot points are metered out while we show Vera’s recovery from loss and road to adulthood.

The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed critical of the ‘darkness’ in YA fiction, and this is the sort of novel that the reviewer but have been critical of. But this novel confronts the sorts of problems some teens face. Vera faces her problems, and even though she’s emerging as adult, she learns to rely on her father for help when she needs it.

Read by: Kelly

Title: Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Author: A. S. King
Source: Gift from friend
Read: July 2011

 

 

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