Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King was the first book that I read in 2015 and it was certainly a good way to start off the year. I read some other A. S. King books in 2014 and she's became one of my favourite authors. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is about a girl whose ex best friend died in some pretty suspicious circumstances. She knows that she could speak out about Charlie to clear his name, but after he betrayed her, she's not sure if she can or if she even wants to.
The way that this was written was very interesting. The story was told not only by Vera, but by her dad, 'the dead kid' and even landmarks in the town. The chapters were pretty short which I always find makes me read a book faster because when I reach the end of a chapter I normally HAVE to read on. The characters were really well developed in this book, even though there weren't many. I really got to know all of the characters very well and understood where they were coming from. Whilst at times I found Vera to be a little harsh towards her dad, I still found her to be a very likeable and character.
The plot was very interesting and I feel like this book was the perfect length to draw out the suspense a little bit. There's nothing worse than when a book is rushed and way too short but also when a book is way too long because the author was stuffing it full of pointless and irrelevant information. A. S. King is known for writing books about really hard problems that face teenagers and I like that she is brutally honest in her writing. Most of her books are award winning and I can see why.
I really enjoyed this book but not as much as I liked her other ones which is why I gave it 4/5 stars instead of a full 5/5 stars. Also, I kind of guessed the ending which took away the 'shock factor' that I like about her books. I would still really recommend this however as it was a great way to kick off my reading for the year!