---Is it okay to hate a dead kid?
---Even if I loved him once?
---Even if he was my best friend?
---Is it okay to hate him for being dead?
Eighteen-year-old 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, or even the police. But will she emerge and clear his name? Does she even want to?
An edgy, gripping story, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.
Michael L. Printz Honor Book 2011
An Edgar Allen Poe Award nominee
A Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2010
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2011 nominee
Indie Next List Pick for Teens
Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens 2010
Cooperative Children's Book Center's CCBC Choices 2011
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee 2011/2012
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens 2011
"The writing is phenomenal, the characters unforgettable." –VOYA
“A harrowing but ultimately redemptive tale of adolescent angst gone awry.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
”Deeply suspenseful and profoundly human.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“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. . . . [An] arresting tale.” —Booklist, Starred
"Brilliant. Funny. Really special."
--Ellen Hopkins, author of NYT bestselling Crank, Glass and Tricks
"Incredibly raw and real, Please Ignore Vera Dietz will rip you apart."
--Lisa McMann, author of the NYT bestselling WAKE series
“A truly astonishing and great work. I love it!"
--Terry Trueman, author of Stuck in Neutral, Printz Honor Book winner