Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King, is a book about 18 year-old Vera, struggling to finish high school and move on from the death of her best friend, Charlie. Well, he was her best friend, until he turned on her 5 months before he died and joined the ‘detentionheads’, and the worst of all, became involved with Jenny Flick. Jenny Flick is a horrible girl in their grade. Once Jenny had her eye on Charlie, it was only a matter of time before she turned Charlie against Vera. He did some horrible things, and she hated him for it. But the night before Charlie died, he begged her to help him stop Jenny because he finally realized she was crazy. Jenny was going to do something horrible because he broke up with her. But the next day, the horrible thing had happened and Charlie was dead.
Vera is just trying to move on, but it’s almost impossible to move on when a thousand Charlies are haunting her, urging her to find what he left for her and clear his name. All of that is making it hard to find peace, and finish high school while juggling her job at the Pagoda Pizza place (where she meets a guy who might just help her move on). Will she be able to clear Charlie’s name? Will she be able to accept her loss, and move forward with her life? Find out in this amazing book.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a brilliant book. The characters are well rounded, thought out, and dynamic. The plot flows, and is fast paced which makes a reader unable to put it down, until they’ve reached the last page and watched Vera and Charlie’s story unfold completely. This is a book that inspires emotion; it pulls you in with the promise of heartache, and ends up teaching the reader about love and forgiveness. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a novel that readers can relate to, and love every page of.