Apr 14, 2010

Review | As Simple As It Seems by Sarah Weeks

Verbena Colter knows that she's bad news.Trouble from the get-go. How could she not be, with parents like hers? But Verbie doesn't want to be mean. She wishes she could be somebody else, 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.

Thoughts: As Simple as it Seems is a really short and sweet sort of book that is directed more towards middle grade readers. It is usually not the kind of book I would read, but the synopsis caught my eye so I signed up for it.

Although it was quite enjoyable, I really had expected a more developed story than the one that it was. I was also unaware that the protagonist was so young, a fifth grader, and I think maybe I would have liked it better if she would have been a bit older.

I liked the authors writing, and I haven’t read any of her other books but I might pick anotherr one up to give her another try. I was a little disappointed that the story was so short though, and there wasn’t much going on to keep me really “into it” for long. I did read it quickly because of the shortness, but also because I had a time limit on it.

I would recommend this to younger readers and anyone who enjoys middle grade books. This is a quick and fun read that might be enjoyed by others.

This book was provided by Around the World Tours.


  1. So off topic but I just have to say that I ADORE YOUR NEW LAYOUT! Very pretty and simple ;)

  2. The book cover looks nice and if I could say..'mature'. But the storyline,as you say seems to dwindle down somewhere. Nah!
    I loved your review-very precise and to the point :)

  3. This sounds like a cute read but I'm not a super big fan of reading about younger audiences. I'm glad you liked it, however and maybe I'll be adding it to my wishlist.

  4. Hmm... I might look into this one. I can do some MG books, depending on the story and how they are written. Thanks for the heads up!