Reading for a Lifetime Together

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
April 9, 2012, 5:36 pm
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Vera and Charlie were next door neighbor/ best friends for as long as they could remember. Vera was always the good girl, trying to please her somewhat emotionally distant and hurt father, and Charlie was always getting into trouble. Vera heard Charlie’s father beat him and his mother, saw Charlie sell his underwear to some creep in a van to get money to buy cigarettes, stood idly by as Charlie left her behind for friends that  shared in his illegal interests. However, after Charlie dies in peculiar circumstances, Vera starts hearing Charlie in her head. It scares her, but by following him, she finds small clues as to what his life was like before he died, and how it happened. All the while, Vera starts to question what happened to her mother. Her father never talks about her and every year, for her birthday, Vera just receives some money from her mom. But now, she delves deeper into her and her parents’ past. After some self-destructive behavior, Vera can patch up her distraught relationships with her parents.

Reaction: This book was pretty depressing, but I still liked it. It made me think about some serious stuff. I think this could have made and interesting movie, but if no one had read the book, then it could get really confusing, but still. I like it, but I’m not sure if I would want to read it another time. I would recommend it if someone liked a heavier, darker read.


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