Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010
Reviewed by Ayanna Hudson, 16
Charlie is Vera's best friend and secret crush. When he dies under mysterious circumstances, Vera's true loyalty towards her friend is put to the test: She is the only one who can clear his name. Vera is harassed by thoughts of Charlie's spirit telling her to speak up about what really happened the night he died. It's obvious that Vera's best friend's death is taking a big toll on her. She is also dealing with school, work, and life with her dad -- who gets on her case about everything.
I thought this book was great because it made me want to keep reading and never put it down. Although Vera is the main voice in the novel, there are times when other characters, like Charlie and Vera's father, narrate the story. I love this because you get to see how others feel about what's going on. It gives you a different perspective. For example, when Charlie is telling his story, he reveals his true feelings about Vera and their friendship, which makes the book more exciting.
King incorporates different elements that are present in teenagers' lives: a single parent home, friendship, love, pressure, and balancing work and school. Vera is the ultimate teenager and I guarantee you will be able to connect part of your life to hers.
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