Sunday, June 24, 2012

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Vera Dietz has spent her life flying under the radar, trying to survive high school. Everything was going smoothly until her best friend, Charlie Kahn, got mixed up with Jenny Flick and started delving into things better left in the dark. When Charlie tries to break away, he ends up dead, accused of unmentionable crimes, and Vera is the only one who can clear his name. The only problem? She hates him, and isn't sure if she wants to help the boy who tried to destroy her life. But, Charlie is a persistent ghost, and he's not taking "no" for an answer. 

This novel deals with issues of substance abuse and isolation that are  prevalent to young adults. The plotline is intriguing and unique while the conflicts are very real. I found myself being pulled into the story by Vera's complexities that stemmed from her parents' "issues" as well as her uncertainty about herself, and she helped me remember the frustration and craziness that makes up the social structure of most high schools

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