please ignore vera dietz // a.s. king

published: 2010  // 325 pages
read from:  8/30 to i think 9/4 (i lost the paper i wrote the date in. and also, i finished it liiiike 10 mins after midnight sooo ya know!) 
isbn: 978-0-375-86586-2


i have been wanting to read this book since maybe its release date and i dooont know why but i could never bring myself to purchase it and up until i checked it out from the library, it NEVER crossed my mind to ya know, check it out. collective sigh everyone. (also, not that you read my itty bitty blog, but thank you Elise for making me fall in love with the library again!) 

anywho, i will leave you with the amazon review and then ill word vomit mine because you already know how i am. 

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

okay so mega spoilers from here on out! 

FREAKING CHARLIE!!!!!
sooo many unanswered questions!? did charlie die of alcohol poisoning? (yes he did les) i mean like on his own will or did someone, iduno, shove it down his throat!? was it jenny flick? or her ex? 
what happened to charlies parents? okay i know that but like what the hell?!? dammit Charlie!!!!

okay. so, Charlie and Vera are beeeest friends until you know, Charlie (sorrry) fucks it all up. 
he starts to  believe all this other nonsense coming out of Jenny's mouth and he blows off Vera. like you think hes a jerk but then you read that he hits her (well it was a slap but it doesn't make it any better) and that's when you're like duuuude! you don't wanna hate him cause you know, he's dead (and a fictional character) but the more you read on the more you think "dude, what a dick!"  (and not to get all philosophical with you but im thinking that maybe he didn't believe Jenny he just sooo badly didnt want to turn out like his father that instead of realizing he could have been someone completely different he just said fuck it and went along with Jenny cause he saw this as a way out? or maybe even jenny being someone that later on could eventually be treated like his mother was and he wouldnt feel guilty about it because he never really truly cared for her?)  

Charlie is all messed up because he's (unfortunately) used to seeing his father beat up on his mom and Vera is basically paranoid that she will end up becoming an alcoholic runaway stripper because those are her parents and so because they're both paranoid that this is their future, they take this friendship that eventually could have turned in to something beautiful and mess it all up. well, charlie because you kinda cant really blame it on her. 

soooo.....Jenny is this messed up kid who completely hates Vera for unjustified, this is a high school thing to do reason so she brainwashes Charlie to hate Vera but the thing is Vera never did anything. she always kept Charlie's secrets (also because her dad is like some robot jerk!) and she never really cleared her name to charlie because "why should she defend herself when she isn't guilty." (i like her logic. that's my thought exactly.) 


soo this whole book just recaps the course of their friendship and its all about Vera needing to clear Charlie's name. he is the one blamed for what Jenny did and he haunts Vera (think Dean Koont's Odd Thomas bodach's style) to the point where she's constantly drinking to try to avoid it but clearly that's when they tend to come out. 

i dont know. i like this book i really do but i feel like.....it left a lot of unanswered questions like what happens to Jenny? do they (the cops) clear Charlie's name? what happens to the perv? i KNOW how it started but WHY did the $5/used underwear thing start? was it to save Vera? did charlie strike up a deal? what the random ass trip? how the hell or why in the hell are Vera's parents still in touch? like how did that happen? and i mean waaaaas it necessary? ahhh!!!

see what i mean? 
over all a good-ish book. i just wish i had more answers for you. or maybe less questions. 
but dont let this weird post stop you from checking it out! in fact i beg of you that you do! maybe you'll have a lot of these answers for me. 

as always, i'll leave you with some of my favorite bits! (: 

- i like that this books chapters have names instead of chap 1 2 and so on. with that being said the "a brief word from the Pagoda" chapters were my favorite! specially the one on page 206!

Do you have any idea how old watching idiot kids drink and do drugs up here on the rocks is getting? the funniest part is, they all think they're more cool than their parents were, and their parents did the same crap. also - tossing beer cans? that's a $300 fine. you're lucky I'm an inanimate object. 

- "am i not destroying my enemies when i make friends of them?" - Abraham Lincoln (page 84) can i also just say that i LOVE that there's random quotes everywhere!

-it didnt work because i knew not to give the best of myself to the worst of people. - vera page 197


as always, i said more than i should but trust when i say there's a lot i left out. like the **** and the *** and that ***! haha.

let me know what ya think if ya pick (or have picked) it up. 
thanks for sticking around and reading my rambling! 
you da best! 
have a great weekend!!!!

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