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.
Published: October 12, 2010 (Knopf Books)
Source: I purchased this book.
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.
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.