Oct 28, 2020
As Simple as It Seems
Posted by Sarah Weeks

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 alchol 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 viVerbena 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 alchol 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.

  • Title: As Simple as It Seems
  • Author: Sarah Weeks
  • ISBN: 9780060846633
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As Simple as It Seems 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 th

    Katie Fitzgerald

    Set in Sullivan County, New York not far from where I grew up , As Simple As It Seems is the story of a young girl named Verbena, who, after years in the dark about her true identity, learns she is adopted, and that her biological mother drank during pregnancy, and her biological dad is in prison for murder This information changes the way Verbena sees herself, and she begins to suspect that she has inherited the ugliness of her parents dark sides As she comes to terms with the new information s [...]


    Katie

    I am a huge fan of Sarah Weeks and while I did enjoy this story I was left wanting It is a very short story I read it in less than two hours and it has great thematic elements and an interesting story line It just ended too soon I just know there is to this story It is a great transition book for those kids who are moving out of the elementary style chapter books and moving into the deeper emotional pull of middle school stories without adult themes A true transitional book.


    Malak Naaman

    Eleven year old Verbena Colter lives with her mom and dad, who both love her She has been best friends with Annie since kindergarten, and they have a blast doing anything and everything together Except for being short for her age, needing to wear glasses, and having had a lot of trouble reading, Verbena is usually happy Annie begins hanging out with the popular girl, slowly drifting away from Verbena It hurts a lot, and Verbena feels lost without her friend She then uncovers an old family secret [...]


    Kristen

    This was good, but not as good as some of Weeks other works Based on the description, I was hoping for something complex and moving like So B It, but this one reads like a light version not as sugary sweet as Pie or Honey, but not as emotional as So B It I like Verbena and her kooky parents and her kind of friend Pooch, but I just never felt really engaged in the story Verbena s mysterious background is revealed without a lot of energy or reaction, and her bratty attitude is a turn off at times [...]


    Milena Hovhannisyan

    I chose this book because my friend recommended it to me, she said that it is an amazing book that I would like, so I decided to read it My first impression on this book was great, from the first chapter the book was really interesting, I was reading it every single day The plot of this book was about a girl named Verbena that goes through a very hard time in her life She finds out that she was adopted and that her real mother had left her since the moment she was born, and also that she was an [...]


    Gianna H5

    My independent reading book was As Simple as it Seems by Sarah Weeks As Simple as it Seems is a free willing energetic tale that many others would enjoy reading.Verbie had a mean father and was affected by alcohal birth defects when she was born All she wanted was to be anybody but her self which she feels she can do when a boy named Pooch comes her way What started out as a fun game as an effort to make Verbie s life a little interesting The she attempts this is different and has a little twis [...]


    Hailee Gorges

    My first impression of this book was that it was great This book is about a twelve year old girl named Verbena She loves her life in the beginning of the book but as you read farther her life becomes difficult She finds out her best friend doesn t want her any, she also finds out that her parents are not her real parents Her whole life began to spiral downward until she met a boy named Pooch He taught her that no matter how hard life gets to never give up on yourself I recommend this book to te [...]


    Ashley ❁

    For the most part I liked this book, I mean I couldn t expect too much to happen in 180 pages but for what it was, the plot was interesting and wasn t exactly what I expected The only thing was that, at times being in Verbenas perspective could be slightly frustrating but I knew that she had a distinct flaw in her character for a reason, so I didn t let it affect me too much while reading Overall though it was not a bad story, I actually found it to be very unique which I can always appreciate.


    Ashley

    I really enjoyed As Simple As It Seems It was one of those realistic fiction books that had a really good plot that wasn t too out of the ordinary It was filled with so many good lessons I also loved how every little extra detail added to the story and occasionally was a big part of the storyline This book was one that was hard to put down The characters were so lovable, from Verbena and Pooch all the way down to their loyal dog, Jack As Simple As It Seems is one beautiful novel that won t disap [...]


    Sherry

    When Verbie learns the truth about her birth parents she becomes afraid that her problems will cause her to lose the only family she has As she comes to terms with who she is and what it means to be imperfect and yet loved, she befriends Pooch, who has arrived in Clydesdale for the summer along with his mother I got a bit of a kick out of Pooch, who reminds of a bit of Truman Capote, or perhaps as Harper Lee described Truman as the character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird This was a sweet little [...]


    Letty

    Read this in two hours on the plane A quick, fun read.


    Brianne Durrant

    I love this book, because it talks about the struggle of Verbena finding herself after she found out she was adopted I would recommend this book to sixth graders, because it s an easy book to read.


    Holly

    Great for tween girls freaked out by the early stages of puberty and all the mood swings


    Mariam Masood

    In As simple as it seems by Sarah Weeks, follows the character, Verbena who is consistent with her weaknesses until she discovers herself, leading to her strengths When Verbena finds out she is adopted, she says I could hear my mother s voice, but I wasn t listening to the words any No wonder i d been feeling so mixed up and mean inside Mike Colter was bad news, trouble from the get go warped, and it was his good for nothing blood that was running through my veins Weeks, 20.This justifies why he [...]


    Ellie M

    My book is called As Simple as it Seems by Sarah Weeks The lexile value of this fiction book is 910 This book is about a girl named Verbena Colter She loves is a town called Clydesdale with her mom and dad One day she finds a letter in her mother s coat pocket She asked her mother what the letter was about and long story short she finds out that she was adopted Then new neighbors moved by them One day Verbena was at Boners Lake and while she was there the new neighbor, Pooch went down there and [...]


    Lia Londenberg

    As Simple as It Seems is an emotional and heartwarming novel that will bring you through a child s uneasy life The author is Sarah Weeks writes many award winning children and teen novels This was the first novel that I had read of hers Although, I have heard of many of her other books such as Pie and So B It As Simple as It Seems is about an eleven year old girl named Verbena Colter who has the typical teenage attitude From a young age Verbena knew she was different with her stunt growth, glass [...]


    Ms. Albert

    Sarah Weeks books remind me of books I d write if I wasn t so swamped with teaching my lovely 90 sixth graders how to write well and creatively and read deeply and criticallly If you liked So B It then you will appreciate this exploration of being an adolescent girl with fetal alcohol syndrome Weeks makes a point of telling us in a note at the end that this is the only birth defect that is totally preventable, by not drinking alcohol while pregnant Our character, Verbena, is full of anger and me [...]


    Panther Library

    Moms are wonderful But sometimes their children can t deal with all that wonder And sometimes I don t blame them too much love can feel suffocating if you re not ready for it That s my biggest takeaway from this book That and the fact that 11 year old Verbena is amazing She discovers that her aunt and uncle adopted her at birth, so Mom isn t really her mother after all But Mom s the one who raises you, and loves you, and remembers that she loves you even when you re shouting at her to stop And I [...]


    Int'l librarian

    Moms are wonderful But sometimes their children can t deal with all that wonder And sometimes I don t blame them too much love can feel suffocating if you re not ready for it That s my biggest takeaway from this book That and the fact that 11 year old Verbena is amazing She discovers that her aunt and uncle adopted her at birth, so Mom isn t really her mother after all But Mom s the one who raises you, and loves you, and remembers that she loves you even when you re shouting at her to stop And I [...]


    Becky Keir Grace

    What a good, quick read Verbena has a good life with her parents, but recently things have gotten complicated She has learned that she is adopted and her biological mother drank heavily when she was pregnant with Verbena That explains some of the issues she has faced growing up, why she is so small for her age, her eyesight is terrible, and why sometimes learning things is a little harder for her This leads Verbena to question everything she has ever known Who is she One day she sees a young boy [...]


    Kelly

    As Simple as it SeemsBy Sarah Weeks The book As Simple as it Seems was an extraordinary book Sarah Weeks is the author of So B It She wrote a well developed plot with great characters and an amazing story The characters in this book are Verbie, who is a spitfire girl who is suffering from the aftermath of FAS, fetal alcohol syndrome There is her mother, who is a very nice woman who is always cooking, playing with Verbie or scrapbooking There is the new neighbor, nicknamed Pooch He is a very youn [...]


    Andrea K

    Yes, I read juvenile books as an adult As a mom and teacher, I like to know what is out there I felt like the plot never went anywhere All of a sudden the book just ended.


    Elayna

    It is a really good book


    Sienna H

    It is a simple book with a complex story I really love this book and this isn t the first time i ve read this book I love it.


    Farrah Chan

    I like how she tricked the boy it kind of reminds me of myself.


    Brooklyn

    This book was absolutely amazing It really touched my heart There are some funny parts, sad and grab the tissue box, ahaha


    Bookworm

    I remember reading this book several years ago when I was younger and really connecting with the characters So I decided to reread it and I loved it all over again It is a really fast read.


    Jasmine

    It was really interesting and I like the whole thing.


    Richie Partington

    22 February 2010 AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS by Sarah Weeks, HarperCollins Laura Geringer, June 2010, 192p ISBN 978 0 06 084663 3 Libr ISBN 978 0 06 084664 0 The children felt withtheir fingers for the quick beat of the bird sheart in its breast But there was no heartbeating That was how they knew it was dead Margaret Wise Brown, THE DEAD BIRD 1938 Angels fall like rainand love is all of heaven away Psychedelic Furs, The Ghost in You Look here, Verbie, she said See how some of the berries on this bush [...]


    Sarah

    Sarah Week s As Simple As It Seems is a story that benefited from an audio reading The story is simple enough, pleasant enough, but the audio version made it something a bit special.Synopsis 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 alchol syndrome And her father was just plain mean Verbie wishes she could be somebody, a [...]



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