Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Minute Reviews! Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Vera Dietz has spent her entire time in high school trying to just get by. She worked jobs because her dad told her that was what responsible people did. And then her friend Charlie stopped being her friend. And then he basically betrayed her and ruined all her efforts to stay invisible in the worst way possible. Oh, and then he died.

So, now what?

How do you get over the death of someone who you couldn't even imagine forgiving until he died.

This is the question of "Please Ignore Vera Dietz," and it makes a seriously arresting book. Vera is tough and working really hard to not need anyone else, and she certainly doesn't need the reader's pity. But she is also likable and someone that you are rooting for from the first couple pages.

What also makes her book a stand-out for the year is that a few other folks also put in their two cents to her story. Her dad, who could easily have been a two-dimensional stock character, instead gets the chance to tell his side of the story. And so does the giant pagoda in the town (trust me, such a great addition). Also, maybe most surprisingly, Charlie, aka the dead kid gets the chance to contribute.

Not only do you have these several different points of view and Vera's strong character, but there's also a bit of a mystery and a really amazing sounding tree house. It's a very unique read and one of my favorite heroines of the year, for sure.

This was the first book I read by A.S. King and after reading it I will definitely be checking out The Dust of 100 Dogs.

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