Travis_J_Smith’s #CBR5 Review #125: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

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Having worked at multiple pizza places, I could relate to practically everything Vera had to say about her own experience. At first, I appreciated it, all but saying out loud how right she was. Then she kept on going, detailing her every moment as a “pizza technician” in excruciating detail, and now she did manage to get me to say something out loud: “Stop.” I cannot deal with so much mundanity. I’m hardly capable of putting up with that aspect of my own life, so enough already!

In the grand scheme of things, though, that was a minor irritance. There was also this matter of the town landmark narrating its own chapters (and making me wish it had been the thing set on fire, not the pet place). Oh, and Vera’s dead friend’s ghostly powers. Him haunting her is fine. Possessing people is a bit much, but it could be worse. How much worse? Charlie somehow calling the cops on her from beyond the grave worse. There was more than that, much more. I just don’t want to spoil it for you all. Continue reading

pyrajane’s review #23: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Vera DietzWatching your best friend make new friends and leave you behind is a special kind of heartbreak.  It still stings a bit as an adult because the two of you spent so much time together and were into the same things, and then they chose a path that you didn’t get to follow.  Maybe you tried to follow because the person was that important to you, or maybe they shoved you away and made it clear that you were no longer part of their life.  Maybe you realized that you didn’t want to have anything to do with these new people and walked away on your own.  Or maybe it was a little bit of everything.

No matter what, it hurts like hell.

Seems like the pain of your first lovesick broken heart isn’t quite as bad as losing your best friend.  Love is supposed to break your heart, according to all those songs, so maybe you expect it.  But a best friend?  Someone you’ve been with since you were little kids?  You don’t get to mourn publicly for that.  If your boyfriend breaks up with you and you start wailing in the middle of the lunchroom, people understand.  If your best friend takes up with other kids and you cry in the bathroom…  yikes.

So what happens when both happen to you at the same time?

Vera and Charlie grew up near each other and have been best friends since forever.  He knows her family secrets and she knows his.  They’re normal little kids – kicking around in the woods and climbing trees.

Suddenly they aren’t little kids any more and Vera realizes she’s in love with Charlie.  Charlie realizes he’s in love with Vera.

And everything goes to shit.

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