Saturday Showcase (March 15)

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Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about).

This week’s featured book is Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

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?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a beautiful, heartbreaking exploration of grief, as told by several compelling (and, at times, unusual) voices. It’s certainly not a light read, but it’s an accurate depiction of real life that poses several very important questions: how much of a role do nature and nurture play in the person that we become? And just how different would our lives be if we chose to speak up and make a different decision?

What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave a list in the comments below.
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