What I’m Reading Monday

Anyone else heading back to school after summer vacation today and need another cup of coffee?

Last night I spent quite a bit of time reviewing my lesson plans, double checking that my copies had been made, reread and highlighted my syllabus, and spent quite a bit of time praying for strength, confidence, and poise to get me through six renditions of my “Welcome to Freshmen English.”


Last week on Thursday I finally received my pin number from the Jacksonville Public Library, allowing me to check out ebooks and audiobooks to my iPad.  I am really excited about being able to get FREE books, and I checked out a book called, Please Ignore Vere Dietz by A.S. King.

   From Goodreads.com  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.

I absolutely loved this book.  From the very beginning, I knew that novel had something special.  The voice that A.S. King gave to the narrator, Vera, was very strong and organic.  You could instantly feel her angst over the emotional duality of loving and hating her dead best friend.  WHOAH!  Intrigue galore!  But this novel is so much more than the angst of abandonment and loss.  The layers that are peeled away as the plot thickens adds so much to the connection between Vera and the reader.  King has the reader craving to know more about Vera’s past, her absentee, ex-stripper mother and her equally fragile father, and how she is able to keep it together, day in and day out.  So many tragic things happen in Vera’s life, it’s no wonder she simply wants to be ignored.

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