Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

This was a terrific book.I’ve been wanting to read it for so long, but wasn’t sure if I was going to cry, so I saved for a time where I was ready to tear up and could be alone. I didn’t cry, but the book was definitely heart-wrenching, and worthy of the Printz award. I’m looking forward to reading the other nominees.

In my last book review, I mentioned how didn’t care for books about destiny. What drew me to this book was that Vera is all about not following what she perceives as hers. The broken love and friendship between Charlie and Vera was beautifully expressed–both terrible and wonderful and so much in between. It just all rang so true, how kids that grow up to one another find their differences and struggle against them.

The other element that I enjoyed was that Vera’s father had a voice in the book. The relationship between Vera and her father was as interesting and nearly as heart-breaking as one the between Vera and Charlie. It must be hard to pull off because I don’t think its done very often. Seems like YA authors are so busy trying to get the parents out of the way so that they can showcase the teen experience. But, I really love how much attention the father was given in this book.

I’m not a fan of ghosts in stories, so I tolerated this one. It’s just a preference thing. I think King did what she set out to do. And I admire her for it.

I was looking over my book reviews list and it definitely looks like it’s time to read some sci fi, fantasy, or middle grade. Maybe I’ll tackle the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

*And, an off-topic note: I did a guest post over at Compendium. I’m kind of proud of it. It applies to all writers, and talks about satisfying readers, a notion I first heard of from Peter Jacobi, which changed me. And changed my writing.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

  1. This sounds good. I agree most YA books focus on getting rid of the parents so this is refreshing. And the ghost story would appeal to me.

    That sounds great if you review a fantasy (know you don’t love them) or middle grade. I really recommend the Wolves of Mercy series. And I got to meet Maggie!

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