Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?
Literary Awards: Edgar Award Nominee, Printz Honor (2011), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2010), YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011)
He was free because on the inside he was tied up in knots. He lived hard because inside he was dying. Charlie made inner conflict look delicious.
I cannot ignore the awesomeness of this book (pun intended). I really, really liked Vera. If i were to go back to my teenage years (but i hope not), I would choose to be her. Oh, the irony of it all! Hating her best friend, Charlie for being dead. Hating Charlie for leaving a mess then being dead. What a fun life you have, Vera Dietz. :)
I immediately fell in love with King’s writing: fluid, sarcastic, funny. The perfect combination for a screwed-up teenage girl’s voice. Nothing I didn’t love about it. I felt Vera‘s loneliness, angst, and need (for a father to be present for her). I love her eccentric father (with his hilarious flowchart diagrams!) and their dysfunctional relationship. Funny at times, hurting at most (for Vera).
Charlie Kahn is a sweet enigma. Love him, hate him. It’s weird that I found his character more solid and provocative than James since Charlie’s the dead one, and James is the current fling. I always feel forlorn when reading Charlie’s POV. His regret reaches out to me, enveloping into this cocoon that i can’t help but be bitter myself on how things turned out for him. :(
Please Ignore Vera Dietz: one of the best contemporaries out there. You wanna know how Vera copes with her grief? Imagine her writing a note in a piece of napkin, putting it in her mouth, and swallowing it.
Lost love sucks when your best friend screwed you over long before he was dead.