Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Audiobook CD - 2011
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When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.
Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, [2011], ℗2011
Edition: Library edition
ISBN: 9780307942135
0307942139
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kin
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (8 hr., 9 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Recommended for listeners ages 14 to 17
Additional Contributors: Houck, Lynde

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artemishi
Feb 10, 2015

Please Ignore Vera Dietz was actually edgy and gripping, with some laugh-out-loud funny turns of phrase and snark, and the kind of real-life complications that make a story authentic. The protagonist, Vera, is not so general that anyone can relate to her, but she's admirable as one of the few characters in the entire town who is intelligent, self-confident, and driven. If I were in her shoes, I'd be Breakdown Central even a third into the book.

Because she's such an admirable narrator, you keep flipping pages to find out what happened. And you can also side with her reasoning, which is why parts of this book broke my heart. I felt like Charlie was an authentic, earnestly real voice as well. I went to high school with boys who, as surface appearances go, were very Charlie-like. So of course, reading this book makes 16-year-old me wish I'd actually dared to befriend those boys.

In all, it was a compelling, engrossing read that felt more fiction than YA. I listened to it on audiobook, and Lynde Houck and the male 'guest narrator' both did a fantastic job. I highly recommend this one for fans of contemporary fiction, YA or not, especially ones that deal with friendships, secrets, and father/daughter relationships.

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