This is a good book... well written and well presented. Like _Speak_ by Laurie Halse Anderson, which I just read, it presents a teen's life when a hard change happened, and brings you in to the emotional turmoil and decision making about what to share about what is known. I'm not a teen anymore (long since!), but this feels real. I think _Speak_ was a little more broad, in that the depression felt a little more universal than Vera's (plus, y'know, there's ghosts and a pagoda offering their thoughts in this one). I appreciated the varied perspectives and thought they added to the story, even if they sometimes seemed a little disjointed.
Overall a very good book, thought provoking, and likely to spark some interesting discussions at book club.
Lots of jumping back and forth in time, along with some chapters written from Vera's Dad's point-of-view, Charlie's point-of-view, and some amusing thoughts from the largest inanimate object in the book, The Pagoda.
I really enjoyed Please Ignore Vera Dietz! Vera is an interesting, troubled, and real character. She and her best friend (that she has a crush on) had a falling out as he hooked up with some new friends. A few months later, he dies suddenly, and Vera knows the truth about what happened. In a very unghostly way, he comes back to help convince her to help clear his name regarding the way that he died. It's an interesting book, worthy of the Printz Honon that it received this year.