Monday, March 14, 2011

Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Published: October 12, 2010 (Knopf Books)
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Series: No
Source: I purchased this book.

Rating: 4/5

GoodReads Summary: Vera's spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she's kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.
My Thoughts: I wore a sadface the entire time I was reading the pages of Please Ignore Vera Dietz. There was this overwhelmingly somber, generally depressed haze that settled over me with every page turn. I don't mean it in a bad way. It was a book about loss, grief, coping... all things that depress the life out of me and probably anyone. Yet A.S. King was still able to keep my bittersweet boat afloat with her kickazz humor, incredible writing, and effective portrayal of friendship, family, and a grief-stricken girl attempting to move on with her life.

There were so many times when I wanted to give my book a big old hug and hope that it would make the pages ahead bright and happy for Vera. I totally experienced a vast array of feelings throughout this book. Can I just say that ANY scene with ANY tiny bit of Charlie made me super sad and happy at the same time? Sure, they had some seriously crappy times and some crazy stuff went down, but those flashbacks... those detailed freaking looks at their private moments together. The LITTLE THINGS like the McDonalds napkins and the dog bumper sticker all tugged at my heart. A.S. King is a rockstar because she took the most minute details that would ordinarily be deemed unnecessary and therefore omitted from a novel, and she made them beautiful.

Also, maybe I vent about my hatred for Jenny Flick and how ashamed I am to share a name with her? (No one calls me Jenny though, I forbid it.) Talk about a villainous, HATEFUL WENCH that makes you want to put your fist through the book. Every character, though, MADE this story. I appreciate the multiple views from Vera's father, "The Dead Kid," and hilariously enough, the Pagoda.

A.S. King = auto-buy. I need to find her other novel and make it mine. She is unspeakably talented and I'm so glad I didn't let this one slip away just because my local bookstore didn't have it.


  1. YAY! I'm so happy you loved this one! I'm with you..I need all her other books NOW. Her writing is amazing. AND YES..I was so struck with the little details that were made so special in this book. I'm so lucky to have met AS King at my local indie..she is a rockstar! And she offered me a cookie :P

  2. I've wanted to read this for such a long time. Your review makes me think it should be sooner than later. Nicely done!

  3. I've been wanting to read this one forever!! I've heard nothing but good things, and I love that King is now an 'auto-buy' for you! I love it when characters make the story, not just the plot! Haha, so sorry you share a name with the wench (ps - I love that word).

  4. YAY.....I loooooovvvveee LUFF when I read a review of a book that I have sat on my shelf, because then it saves all the "AHHH must go get it now" situations where I end up leaving the house with no bra and unbrushed hair because I gots to have it NOW RIGHT NOW.

    Man, you're making me want to kick over my pile of review books and read this right now. Bahahaha, who am I kidding, like they would stop me, but NO seriously, I need to finish Beauty Queens and we both know why :-) but then, THEN baby, this will be mine.

  5. Ooh, I love books that are somber and sad, but also have that funny and moving quality to them. I've heard good things about this one; I think I'll definitely have to pick it up at some point.

  6. I thought this book was fantastic, but emotional as well. Looking forward to reading her debut! Nice review :)

  7. I have got to get this one. Everyone raves about it! Glad oyu enjoyed it as well.

  8. What an awesome review! I haven't read this one yet, but saw Jamie's review and knew I wanted to read it, and then once it won a Printz Honor, I knew I *had* to read it. I'm a sucker for book lists. :)

    But now, I think I'm going to try and make it a priority... Maybe I'll find a way to add this one into my next amazon order or something! :)

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  10. Every time I see this book I wonder why there is a lighter on the front. It sounds like a very emotional read and one I must add to the list. Great review!

  11. Awesome review, Jen! I have never really given this one much thought because I'm a cover whore and yes, I'm that petty. That said, your review has me reconsidering because it sounds deep! Fab thoughts :)

  12. Great review! I really, really want to read this book! When I first heard about this book, I wanted to rush out and buy it. Distractions at school made me forget all about it. Thanks for reminding me!

    - Jackie

  13. I need to get my hands on this. Everyone seems to be liking this. Great review Jen :)

  14. Yes ma'am, go get thy grabby hands on The Dust of 100 Dogs, asap!