As Simple as It Seems

Weeks, Sarah

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
As Simple as It Seems
Baker & Taylor
Eleven-year-old Verbena Colter does not want to be who she is or have the dad that she has, so when Pooch, the new boy in town, moves into the "haunted house" next door, Verbie takes the opportunity to be someone else entirely and what begins as a game leads Verbie into a surprising, funny and heartwarming journey of self-discovery. 30,000 first printing.


Verbena Colter knows she's bad news.

Trouble from the get-go. How could she not be, with parents like hers? Her mother practically pickled her before she was even born, leaving Verbie to struggle with the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. And her father was just plain mean. Verbie wishes she could be somebody, anybody other than who she is. Enter Pooch, a flatlander boy visiting for the summer. When Pooch and his mom rent the house next door, Verbie takes the opportunity to be someone else entirely. And what starts out as a game leads Verbie into a surprising and heartwarming journey of self-discovery.

Another gem from the author of So B. It.

Publisher: New York : Laura Geringer Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0060846631
Branch Call Number: J FICTION WEEKS...S
Characteristics: 181 p. ; 22 cm


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May 11, 2012

Verbena (Verbie) is facing a long summer without her former best friend who has left for camp. The beginnings of puberty have caused her to be both emotional and unpredictable in her dealings with parents who clearly love her.
Feeling that her mother is too fat and her father is too old, Verbie chooses to be embarrassed by her parents rather than to feel their support.
The discovery that she is adopted adds to Verbena’s unsettled frame of mind and she begins to imagine herself as damaged goods. There is some discussion of fetal alcohol syndrome but the author dos not dwell on this aspect of Verbena’s heritage.
The action in this novel comes from Verbena’s dealing with a vacationing boy (Pooch) who eventually becomes her friend for the summer.
Fans of Weeks’ earlier works, such as So Be It, will recognize the Verbie character as a girl who is growing and, as a result, living with growing pains. Lots to talk about here.


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