Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
Publisher: Knoph Publishing
Release Date: 10/12/10
**Printz Award Winner for Excellance in Young Adult Literature**
Vera Dietz is dealing with the aftermath of her former best friend, Charley Kahn's death. It's the story of their friendship, both kids surviving troubling home lives, and it's the story of their friendship's demise...that demise ultimately culminates in Charley's death a few days before the start of their senior year in high school.
The story is mostly told from Vera's perspective, but there are chapters by her father and "the dead guy", which made for some amusing moments. Vera and Charley are face with some moral dilemma's, where Charley makes the wrong choice, Vera chooses not to choose at all. Vera's inability to choose affects how she deals with, or doesn't deal with Charley's death.
I thought AS King did a beautiful job of creating a well rounded character in Vera. She has a great voice. She is imperfect and knows it. She makes bad choices and learns from them. Vera grows into the kind of young adult we wish everyone would grow into. I really loved Vera!