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.
©2010 A. S. King (P)2010 Listening Library
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"Moving, disturbing, and humorous"
Please, don't ignore Vera. She has some amazing things to say. Wonderfully read by Lynde Houck (and a couple others not credited by audible - Mark Deakins, Ryan Gesell, and Arthur Morey). These multiple narrators are necessary because they help with some of the unusual formatting aspects of the print book. Anyway, they all do a fabulous job. The story won a Printz Honor, easy to see why. I have a soft spot for female characters standing on the outskirts of high school society - not the outcast, just the ignored. Vera takes her "status" and thrives. Her father is a great dad, if a little misled to the idea that he can help Vera avoid all the mistakes teenagers make. That's part of life and Vera knows this whole-heartedly! You will ache with her for her dead ex-best friend, Charlie. Learning their story is what this book is all about. A must read.
"A very good contemporary"
A very good contemporary (and extremely character driven). I can totally understand why some people might think it's a bit odd. If you're a hardcore contemp reader, I highly recommend.
There was more than just Lynde Houck for the voice actors and I liked that it was more than just her!
"Not my cup of tea"
There was an extreme amount of cussing. It was also a pretty depressing story line dealing with a lot of heavy topics.
Possibly Paper Towns by John Greene
I think that there was some good to the story. I think that the main character had the potential to rise above her circumstances.
"Teenage coming of age story at its best"
I loved the way the audiobook reader brought the characters to life.
The scene in which Vera finds herself delivering a pizza to her nemesis and goes through a confrontation.
When Vera has a phone call with her mother after not speaking to her for years.
Definitely an enjoyable audiobook.
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