A.S.King tears open teen issues in her stinging, harsh novel ‘Please Ignore Vera Dietz” (PIVD).
PIVD is Vera Dietz’s story–avoidance of her destiny which she mistakenly takes to be her parents’ past–Loserdom–pregnant at seventeen like her mother and a drunk like her father. But Vera is a sassy, strong female protagonist who is so sensible she could literally run the small town from whence she hails.
Vera’s mother took off for Las Vegas with her podiatrist boyfriend when Vera was twelve. Poor Vera struggles to come to terms with her mother’s abandonment and the aftermath of the meaningless death of her best friend, Charlie.
King describes “…a stinging sensation that never goes away.’ To me, that’s Vera’s saving grace–her ability to connect with anyone, even the rubbish humans in her life despite the sting.
In PIVD, King tackles the stuff modern society likes to ignore, the very stuff that we should never ignore–wife beating, child abuse, rape, alcohol abuse and gambling.
PIVD is told in the first-person with past and present cleverly interwoven. POV’s of Charlie, Vera’s dad, and even the inanimate Pagoda pop lively into the narrative offering unique insights.
Highly recommended YA fiction for audiences that want more than a romance story or a token vampire. King goes deeper to prick her readers to life.
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.
Many thanks to Text Publishing for a copy of PIVD.