“Please ignore Vera Dietz” by A. S. King is structured in two main narration lines: the present line where Vera has to face the death of her best friend, Charlie, and the past line where the main character talks about the evolution of her relationship with her best friend.
Around this main theme there are others like the bullies, adolescent maternity (or some hints since Vera’s mother decision to leave) and domestic violences. Neither theme is dealt with superficially.
The reading scheme is dynamic, since chapter about present and past alternates; the perspective of these chapter is Vera’s who is telling from her POV what happened. Some chapters are told by other voices: Vera’s father, an ex alcoholic, the dead children thoughts and the Pagoda, a building outside the city.
This is a well-finished novel also in the use of language and in the characterization, in fact Vera’s emotions in particular are a focal point but the characters able to change show an evolution and the ability to overcome their fears and insecurities.
* Please ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King ★★★★☆
*I read this book in English