A Wonderful Authentic Look at Friendship & Silence

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Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King is a poignant novel about the price one pays for staying silent. The story follows Vera, who is a quiet girl just trying to make it through high school following the sudden death of her best friend, Charlie.

The story is told by Vera after Charlie’s death. She looks back on their friendship—where it started and where it ended. It seemed natural to tell the story through flashbacks while moving forward. Vera’s exploration of key events and conversations in her relationship with Charlie reminded me of my own inner dialogue when trying to make sense of something that didn’t go quite right. There were key points in the story where I wanted to hug her and tell her it was going to be okay.

I wasn’t a fan of some of the other viewpoints that popped up in the story. A local landmark gets a spotlight as does Vera’s father. Vera’s father’s story was better than the local landmark. Vera’s father’s thoughts on Charlie’s death and Vera did provide a bit of added dimension to Vera and her personality, but most of it seemed somewhat obvious based on the information Vera shared. I truly didn’t understand why the landmark had to give its omniscient view of events. It didn’t seem to fit with how the rest of the story was being shared. People where sharing their thoughts and then suddenly this inanimate object is sharing its observations…weird.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz could be a difficult book for some to read. Charlie’s secrets that are slowly revealed over the course of the novel are not easy ones to read about. The story is a lesson on why, when we are knowledgeable about difficult actions, it is not okay to remain quiet. While it may be uncomfortable speaking up, we need to do it as our actions will stop others and perhaps save a life.


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A Wonderful Authentic Look at Friendship & Silence

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Author: A.S. King
Published on: April 10, 2012
Pages: 326
Genres: young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

About A.S. King

A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed I CRAWL THROUGH IT, Walden Award winner GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, REALITY BOY, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner ASK THE PASSENGERS, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories for adults, MONICA NEVER SHUTS UP.

Look for Amy's work in anthologies DEAR BULLY, BREAK THESE RULES, ONE DEATH NINE STORIES, and LOSING IT. Two more YA novels to come in 2016 & 2018. Find more at www.as-king.com.


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