Vera is a high school senior who works part-time as a pizza delivery technician trying to save as much money for college as possible. She enjoys her Vocab class the most and makes good use of the SAT words she learns. But Vera has recently lost her ex-best friend and love interest Charlie, and the only way she knows how to cope is through alcohol. The story is told mostly through Vera's voice, but it also alternates between Charlie, the Pagoda, and Vera's father. When Vera's father learns of her alcohol problem he decides to seek professional help, which helps them mend their dysfunctional relationship. The resolution of the story is quite unexpected as we learn of the events that lead to Charlie's death. Vera decides that she will no longer be a bystander and as she decides to clear Charlie's name.
King, A. (2010). Please ignore Vera Dietz. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.