"if you, in your role as exemplary parent or guardian, are reading the book page in the vain hope of happening upon a hidden gem for your young adult reader, then today is your lucky day. Grab the car keys and go to Joseph Beth Booksellers or Borders and purchase "Please Ignore Vera Dietz" by A.S. King."
"Vera Dietz and her best friend, Charlie Kahn, are typical high school students in the sense that there is no such creature as a typical high school student. They are plagued by self-doubt and family lives that can torpedo a day even before the school bus comes down the hill. But King's voice and gift for capturing the delusions of high school are impeccable and timeless. The high school of Vera and Charlie seems like your very own high school. Where all they want, as the title suggests, is to be ignored and left to themselves.
Of course, there is very little literature to grow out of the story of the high school kid who is left alone. It is a far better story when it starts like this:
"To say my friend died is one thing.
To say my friend screwed me over and then died five months later is another."
So perhaps there is still hope for the publishing industry. "Please Ignore Vera Dietz" is reason to hope.