Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Hello everyone!

I am back today with a review for a book I just finished, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

Overall, I thought that it was a very good book. Here is the synopsis:

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.

Basically the story follows Vera, an eighteen-year old girl who is left in the aftermath of her best friend, Charlie's death. The story alternates between their childhood and "present day."

Vera is a strong, witty and occasionally moody teenager who is just trying to get through life. But when Charlie confides in her, she has to chose whether or not to stay friends. After he betrays her, she gives up. No soon after is Charlie found dead. But how? And why? Only Vera knows the answers.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was fast paced and a quick read. The events were so well described and the main characters were well developed. I really liked A.S. King's writing style, and how the book was written from mostly Vera's point of view, but it also through in a few notes from Vera's dad, Charlie (or as he is called in these parts "The Dead Kid," and an inanimate object.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It has that sort of raw, gritty feel that I have just been loving lately. Of course there is a little bit of a love story, but it definitely does not overpower the rest of the storyline.

I gave Please Ignore Vera Dietz a 5/5 stars on Goodreads, it was just so awesome.

I can't wait to read more of A.S. King's books! If she writes other books the way she wrote this, then I need to get going!