Review / As Simple as It Seems

as-simple-as-it-seemsBook: As Simple as It Seems (2010)
Author: Sarah Weeks
Genre: MG, Contemporary
Rating: 4 stars

Basic plot: Verbie (short for Verbena) is having a hard time. Her best friend, Annie, is suddenly no longer her friend. And then she learns a secret… about her parents and who they really are. This news is hard for Verbie, so when she meets the new neighbour boy, Pooch, she lets him think she’s the ghost of a girl who drowned years earlier.


1) I really felt for Verbie as she struggles with learning some of the facts regarding her parents. I believe Sarah Weeks did an excellent job making us empathize with her. I like how we learn, along with Verbie, about her past… little by little.

2) Pooch is such a good friend. (We’ll talk about his name later!)

3) To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of ghost stories. I almost put this book back at the  when I read that it was a “ghost” story. Sure, Verbie “pretends” to be a ghost (or rather, she doesn’t correct Pooch’s misconception), but it’s definitely NOT a ghost story!

4) I do like how the nightgown fits into the story. At first, I was wondering WHY it’s mentioned that she’s wearing a nightgown. But then, when we meet Pooch, it all comes together. No wonder he thinks Verbie’s a ghost!

5) A lot of excitement in this book. And some of it has to do with… nuts!


1) Pooch’s name drove me batty. I mean, why would they call him “Pooch”? Especially considering it’s a nickname given to him by his mom’s old boyfriend (who’s no longer in the picture!) I wish Sarah Weeks had come up with a different backstory.


My rating is 4 Stars (out of 5) – Overall, I liked this book. Be prepared to go on an emotional journey, though!


Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday


18 thoughts on “Review / As Simple as It Seems

  1. This sounds like a really unique story! I’ve seen many books about ghosts, but I don’t think I’ve seen any books about people perceived to be ghosts who are, in fact, not ghosts. Thanks for the great review!

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  2. I’m with you on the nickname. Or, perhaps let him keep it and then through the course of the story let him make the decision to get rid of it or change it to something else that inspired him.


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