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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. S. King Narrator: Lynde Houck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780307942111
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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?

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  • It is hard to describe how deeply affecting this story is. Vera and Charlie are both the victims of extremely bad parenting, but that only scratches the surface of the novel. The writing is phenomenal, the characters unforgettable. The narrative weaves through the past and present, mostly from Vera's viewpoint but with telling asides from other characters. There is so much in here for young people to think about, presented authentically and without filters: drinking and its consequences; the social hierarchy of high school; civic responsibilities; and teens' decisions to accept or reject what their parents pass down to them. It is a gut-wrenching tale about family, friendship, destiny, the meaning of words, and self-discovery. It will glow in the reader for a long time after the reading, just like the neon red pagoda that watches over Vera and her world." 
  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review, September 15, 2010:
    "A harrowing but ultimately redemptive tale of adolescent angst gone awry. Vera and Charlie are lifelong buddies whose relationship is sundered by high school and hormones; by the start of their senior year, the once-inseparable pair is estranged. In the aftermath of Charlie’s sudden death, Vera is set adrift by grief, guilt and the uncomfortable realization that the people closest to her are still, in crucial ways, strangers. As with King’s first novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs (2009), this is chilling and challenging stuff, but her prose here is richly detailed and wryly observant. The story unfolds through authentic dialogue and a nonlinear narrative that shifts fluidly among Vera’s present perspective, flashbacks that illuminate the tragedies she’s endured, brief and often humorous interpolations from “the dead kid,” Vera’s father and even the hilltop pagoda that overlooks their dead-end Pennsylvania town. The author depicts the journey to overcome a legacy of poverty, violence, addiction and ignorance as an arduous one, but Vera’s path glimmers with grace and hope." (Fiction. 14 & up)

    Publishers Weekly, starred review, October 11, 2010:
    "Beginning with the funeral of Charlie Kahn, high school senior Vera's neighbor and former best friend, this chilling and darkly comedic novel offers a gradual unfolding of secrets about the troubled teenagers, their families, and their town. Though Charlie's death hangs heavily over Vera, she has the road ahead mapped out: pay her way through community college with her job delivering pizza while living "cheap" in her father's house. But first she has to face her fractured relationship with her father, a recovering alcoholic who worries about her drinking; the absence of her mother, who left six years earlier; and the knowledge that she could clear Charlie's suspected guilt in a crime. Vera is the primary narrator, though her father, Charlie (posthumously), and even the town's landmark pagoda contribute interludes as King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) shows how shame and silence can have risky--sometimes deadly--consequences. The book is deeply suspenseful and profoundly human as Vera, haunted by memories of Charlie and how their friendship disintegrated, struggles to find the courage to combat destructive forces, save herself, and bring justice to light." Ages 13–up. (Oct.)
  • Booklist, starred review, November 15, 2010:
    "High-school senior Vera never expects her ex-best friend, Charlie, to haunt her after he dies, begging her to clear his name of a horrible accusation surrounding his death. But does Vera want to help him after what he did to her? Charlie’s risky, compulsive behavior and brand-new bad-news pals proved to be his undoing, while Vera’s mantra was always “Please Ignore Vera Dietz,” as she strives, with Charlie’s help, to keep a secret about her family private. But when Charlie betrays her, it is impossible to fend off her classmates’ cruel attacks or isolate herself any longer. Vera’s struggle to put Charlie and his besmirched name behind her are at the crux of this witty, thought-provoking novel, but nothing compares to the gorgeous unfurling of Vera’s relationship with her father. Chapters titled “A Brief Word from Ken Dietz (Vera’s Dad)” are surprising, heartfelt, and tragic; it’s through Ken that readers see how quickly alcohol and compromised decision-making are destroying Vera’s carefully constructed existence. Father and daughter wade gingerly through long-concealed emotions about Vera’s mother’s leaving the family, which proves to be the most powerful redemption story of the many found in King’s arresting tale. Watching characters turn into the people they’ve long fought to avoid becoming is painful, but seeing them rise above it, reflect, and move on makes this title a worthy addition to any YA collection."
  • “Deeply suspenseful and profoundly human.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Glimmers with grace and hope.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Watching characters turn into the people they’ve long fought to avoid becoming is painful, but seeing them rise above it, reflect, and move on makes this title a worthy addition to any YA collection.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books, review, November 2010:
    "The death of a best friend is hard enough, but for high-school senior Vera Dietz, her reaction to the death of Charlie Kahn is complicated by the fact that in the last few months he’d dumped her for the druggie pack at school, especially tough-girl Jenny. Flashbacks and compact commentary from Charlie himself, from Vera’s straitlaced dad, and from an omniscient local landmark interweave with Vera’s current narration, painting the picture of Vera and Charlie’s close friendship and its recent souring and revealing that Vera is the guilty and troubled possessor of many secrets about her late friend. King offers a perceptive exploration of a particular kind of friendship, one where one friend is undergoing agonies beyond the power of the other to help. Vera’s own troubles—her abandonment by her mother, the strictness and emotional evasion of her recovering-alcoholic father—get sympathetic treatment, but it’s clear that Vera is loved and cared for in a way that Charlie, stuck in a poisonous, abusive home, simply wasn’t. Yet it’s Vera’s life even more than Charlie’s that’s under scrutiny here, especially since Vera still has the possibility of making changes, both in her dealing with Charlie’s memory and in her ongoing relationships. The writing is emotional yet unfussy, and Vera’s tendency to see and perceive Charlie in every place and every thing is both effective and affecting. It’s not uncommon for the dysfunction in one friend’s life to start sowing seeds of doom for a friendship, and Vera’s poignant take on her double loss will resonate with many readers."
  • VOYA, review, November 2010:
  • Winner of Printz Awards, 2011
  • A 2011 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2011 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Selected for the Winter 2011 Kids' Indie Next List: Teens
  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 1/29/2014

    " I had to get out my dictionary for the vocab words! I didn't picture Vera as being classy as Charlie described her, but it was a book I couldn't put down until the end. Then I got out the dictionary. Occam's Razor... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Coots | 1/28/2014

    " So, along the string of depressing stories I've been reading lately...*cough*. I have to say that I was actually rather satisfied with this story, however. Vera certainly isn't a role model that I would want students to emulate, but they could certainly learn a thing or two from her story. Some of the content was a little mature and blunt, so I would reserve my recommendation for older students. The use of the alternating flashbacks helped the story to fill out what might have been a very thin plot otherwise. Also, while I found it too easy to dislike the father, if we take into account that we are witnessing most of this story through Vera's eyes, it might be a little too simple to paint him with the brush of the heartless and disconnected parent. Vera herself realizes after one of her little screw-ups that he knows a lot more than she realized or gave him credit for. Is Vera a reliable narrator? I have to question her at times, seeing her attitude as a lens for the world around her. I don't think I could make this work in a classroom, but I would be willing to put it in the hands of interested young readers. I think it would connect with some of them, make them think a little, and maybe help them understand things in their own lives from a little different perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Bobinski | 1/25/2014

    " The ending of this book was lacking. I liked most of the build up and the mystery to what realy happened. I also liked that vera's dead friend had chapters to give his opion about what had happened. Howeever, the ending was not even an ending. The ending didn't conclude any of the story lines and fell flate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Panella | 1/17/2014

    " The narrator really made this one for me. Otherwise, just a weird story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 1/16/2014

    " really liked it, liked the characters, disappointed with the ending. liked Vera's relationship with her Dad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/15/2014

    " Love! Just read it. And enjoy one of the best father/daughter combos since Veronica Mars went off the air. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy E. | 1/14/2014

    " A bit long, but an interesting story, especially from all the perspectives, including the pagoda. This one is dark, for sure. I would not call it typical YA, which is a good thing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie A. | 1/4/2014

    " Dear title: done. Vera was such a loser. All she had to do was talk to a guidance counselor at some point and she wouldn't have these problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorena | 1/3/2014

    " A really good story. I wanted so much more for Charlie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Afton | 1/2/2014

    " definitely one of the best books I've read this year. great character with personality and heart... prose = fantastic --- and the plot line unfolds at a good pace. I would very much recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Thompson Book | 12/30/2013

    " Loved this book. Vera's voice and those of the others comes shining through! Kept me reading to find out how Charlie died and what the girlfriend did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noorashikin | 12/3/2013

    " Its interesting. I miss Charlie now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Trevino | 11/7/2013

    " Just a few words: Charlie, Big Macs and Pickles!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shamika | 3/24/2013

    " I can't decide if I "liked" this or "really liked" this. 3.5 i guess. It was definitely an easy read but I don't really know how I feel about the book in general. I don't know if i would recommend it. But it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mutantreptile | 12/25/2012

    " A great novel about grief and how regrets follow us around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Wille | 12/7/2012

    " It still haunts me. What a powerful read about the importance of speaking up for what's right. It was a hard topic to read about- and it was heartbreakingly amazing. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/6/2012

    " Built from a 3.5 to a 4. It resonates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 alli | 6/26/2011

    " i couldn't put this book down. i love how it's written - vera's attitude reminds me so much of my own in high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 6/16/2011

    " Lots of bad language, some drug use, and a little sex. But still good enough that I'll give it three stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 6/16/2011

    " I loved this story and think that anyone that is a fan of 13 Reasons Why would enjoy it. Looking forward to meeting/hearing Ms. King speak at the Printz Award dinner in NOLA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 6/12/2011

    " Vera Dietz you go girl. Vera is able to persevere through several unique challenges. These challenges help Vera and her dad move from the past to the present with a bright future for them both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherisa | 6/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, no surprise there as I find A.S. King very enjoyable.

    Real characters with real feelings. Multiple view points. A story that draws you in a keeps you interested even when they are just folding pizza boxes.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 6/9/2011

    " I thought there would be more closure in this book. I really liked it though. Def. For high school due to language, drugs, sexual situations
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/7/2011

    " Good insight into high school drama "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexes | 6/4/2011

    " this was a very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 6/4/2011

    " 4.5 stars - wonderful YA fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corrine | 6/3/2011

    " I Loved this book, it was suspensful, and you never knew what was gonna happen next. the end was deffinatly not how i thought it would end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P.T. | 6/1/2011

    " Fantastic. Loved the way AS King delivered the story...and the mystery...in bits and pieces mixed in with snippets from the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ma'lis | 5/31/2011

    " Vera Dietz has spent her childhood trying to stay under the radar and not connect to others, but the death of her friend Charlie leads her to change her ways. I liked the short chapters and the multiple viewpoints at different points in the story. "

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About the Author

A. S. King is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed novels for young adults. Her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor and Ask the Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her “one of the best YA writers working today.” King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade.

About the Narrator

Lynde Houck is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.