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  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (April 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307942104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307942104
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)


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Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a phenomenal book. The writing is gorgeous--gritty, honest and raw and at the same time quirky, poetic and hilarious--and Vera herself is a bright and beautifully complicated character whose story will break your heart in the best possible way. A brilliant and powerful story about love, loss, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption...and of course, pizza delivery.
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Vera's life is about secrets. Living with only a father doesn't exactly inspire her to share her many secrets. He has done his best to raise a teenage daughter himself, but not only is he tight with his money but also with his ability to communicate.

Vera is the result of a teen pregnancy. One of her secrets is that after she was born her mother was a stripper. Her best friend, Charlie, knows that secret, but she would like to keep it from everyone else if at all possible.

Charlie is at the center of many of Vera's secrets. They have been each other's best friend forever, and they share the secret that Charlie's father abuses Charlie's mother. As neighbors, it has been difficult to ignore the sounds of shouts and slaps, but Vera's father says keeping their secret makes things easier for everyone.

It isn't until Charlie's untimely death that Vera fully embraces the secret love that she has felt for him. As she deals with a full-time job, keeping up her grades, and pleasing her father, Vera's stress level has her visualizing Charlie everywhere. It takes a while to realize that the "Charlies" are trying to communicate something.

There are secrets that Charlie wants Vera to uncover and use to clear his name. The circumstances around his death were suspicious and involved the destruction of a place Vera loved, but these are secrets she finds incredibly frightening to share. Will she find the courage she needs to do the right thing?

PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ is presented through multiple voices, including both the past and present. A.S. King draws readers into Vera's world and then slowly peels away the layers to reveal each and every secret. The characters speak realistically and the situations ring true, making King's story flow smoothly despite the many shifts in focus. This novel will please King's fans and earn her many new ones.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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What words can I use to sum up PLEASE IGNORE VERA DEITZ other than wow? How about heartbreaking, or honest, or terrifying or funny or...well I could go on and on. This is the story of Vera, a girl who was betrayed by her best friend who she secretly loved. But now he's dead and only she can clear his name. But does she want to after what he did to her? PLEASE IGNORE VERA DEITZ is not an easy book; some of the themes in it are tough and will make you squirm, but you will be grabbed by the throat from the beginning and won't be able to put it down until you find out the truth. The truth that even Vera doesn't know. A beautiful, poignant story about love, friendship and what it really means to be classy. And quite truthfully, I will never look at pickles the same way again.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Ignore Vera Dietz at your peril Oct. 18 2010
By Marvin O. Gardens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'll keep this short.

I'm a middle-aged man who gave up on YA literature when he was a YA. Which was a long, long time ago.

But PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ is the real deal. No glittery vampires. No baloney. Just real, live people with real, live problems. Like the ones I had when I was a YA myself. And like the ones you might have right now.

It's a book with heart, a book with soul.

It's a book that will endure.

Buy a copy right this minute, and help make sure that that happens.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Blew Me Away! Oct. 16 2010
By Lori - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't even know where to begin. Have you ever read a book that completely blew you away, but you knew you would never be able to put it into words? That's what this book did to me. I will never be able to do it justice with my measly little review. The entire time I was reading it I was trying to come up with words to use in my review, but I never had any! So what to say, what to say?...

Did you read The Dust of 100 Dogs? If you didn't, drop everything you are doing right now and go buy it! It was incredible. You have never read anything like it before, trust me! How does an author write a follow up that lives up to the extremely high expectations set by 100 Dogs? We should ask A.S. King, because she definitely did it.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz is about Vera Dietz, obviously. She's a little odd, but in a good way. She's dealing with the death of her ex-best friend, Charlie. She loved him. She hated him. She knows what happened the night he died, but can she find it in her to forgive him and clear his name?

Vera was such a fantastic protagonist! She was witty and smart, but she still did dumb things. She is a teenager so she is allowed a few dumb things. I connected with her instantly. My heart broke for her but she was unbelievable strong. She definitely held her own.
Her best friend Charlie is dead from the very beginning of the book, but you get glimpses of their relationship in the History chapters. I loved Charlie, and hated him. Just like Vera did. I wanted things to turn out differently for them, but obviously it couldn't because he was dead from page 1!

What makes this book so special? The writing! A.S. King has a way of telling you a story that will make you turn pages faster than you ever have before. The story is beautifully complex without being over done. She weaves the mystery and questions in flawlessly, but you don't get impatient for answers because the path to get there is so engaging. None of it was predictable and I never lost interest. Not even for a few seconds. The chores went undone while reading this book!

I must reiterate that this review doesn't do this book justice. Please, just read it and find out for yourself! Be prepared to read it in one sitting because it is addicting!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Please don't ignore Vera Dietz Jan. 4 2011
By The Compulsive Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Vera Dietz has spent her entire life putting out "please ignore Vera Dietz" signals and wrestling with what she believes is her fate to end up exactly like her parents--an alcoholic stripper. When her best friend since childhood, Charlie Kahn, dies unexpectedly, Vera knows how to clear his name of the crime associated with his death, but she's stuck. Still mad at him for betraying her months earlier, she stays quiet, trying to deal with his death, her resentment towards him, and her own fate.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a powerful, tragic, and surprisingly poignant book. The majority of the book is narrated by Vera, who is a real, flawed, and darkly humorous character with a voice that demands to be listened to. Her narrative alternates between the past and present, and every so often a chapter from the point of view of Charlie, Vera's father, or even the pagoda in their hometown shows up in surprisingly refreshing interludes. King provides an excellent balance between all of these points of view, and the different perspectives give this book another interesting layer as readers can see firsthand the troubles Vera's father faced in his life and the mistakes he doesn't want his daughter to repeat, and Charlie's own regrets. The issue of children "fated" to become their parents is dealt with well, and King realistically portrays the conflicts and temptations that Vera faces without sugarcoating anything. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is as much about Vera's struggle to forgive Charlie as it is about her reconciling her feelings about her mother's abandonment and finally opening up to her father. This is an unforgettable book about mistakes, second chances, redemption, and becoming your own person--please don't ignore Vera Dietz.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Original, heartbreaking, hilarious...absolutely brilliant Jan. 17 2011
By Danielle Younge-Ullman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a phenomenal book. The writing is gorgeous--gritty, honest and raw and at the same time quirky, poetic and hilarious--and Vera herself is a bright and beautifully complicated character whose story will break your heart in the best possible way. A brilliant and powerful story about love, loss, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption...and of course, pizza delivery.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Do yourself a favor and read this book! Jan. 1 2011
By Bermudaonion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Vera Dietz has quite a life. Her parents got married young and for all the wrong reasons. Her mother left several years ago and her father's answer to everything is work. Vera is a senior in high school and has a full time job delivering pizzas. Vera has been best friends with her neighbor Charlie for years - she loves him and knows all of his deepest, darkest secrets.

Charlie turns his back on Vera and starts to run with a different crowd. When he dies under suspicious circumstances, it's up to Vera to clear his name, but can she get over her hurt to do it?

I adored Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King! The story is so creative - it's told from Vera's point of view, but occasionally switches to "brief words" from the dead guy (Charlie), the Pagoda (a local landmark) and Ken, Vera's dad. It's a unique way to tell a story, and in some instances, I might find it a little odd, but it really works with this book.

Vera is a fabulous character. She's smart, irreverent, mature, and hard working. She's a good kid who just wants to get out of high school in one piece. When rumors start to fly, she says:

"While I quietly hoped it would all go away and sent my old PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ signals into the atmosphere, the rumor grew."

Vera hopes to stay out of all the drama of high school but finds it impossible when Charlie dies. Now she has to figure out what she should do.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz touches on some serious topics with a touch of humor, so it would make a wonderful book to discuss with teens. Do yourself a favor, and read this book!

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