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King, A. S.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
ISBN 0375865861
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“To say my friend died is one thing. To say my friend screwed me over and then died five months later is another.” These are the first words we hear from Vera Dietz in this amazing novel by A.S. King. Vera was best friends with her next door neighbor, Charlie, until the “Detentionheads” came between them during their junior year. Then Charlie blamed Vera for spreading rumors about how his father beat his mother, and in retaliation he revealed Vera’s secret: that her mother was a stripper before she abandoned Vera and ran away to Las Vegas. Now Vera knows a secret about the night that Charlie died. It’s a secret that could clear his name, but she’s not sure how to tell it. So she stays busy with her full-time job delivering pizzas, flirting with her 23-year old co-worker, and trying to stay invisible at school. And then there’s her complicated relationship with her father, who wants what’s best for Vera but doesn’t trust her to make any good decisions. All this, and a talking pagoda! (It makes sense when you read it.) This is an edgy, realistic slice of life in central Pennsylvania. – Amy Pickett  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2011-2012)
SUBJECTS:     Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.

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