Title: The Devil’s Arithmetic
Author: Jane Yolen
Synopsis: Hannah thinks tonight Passover Seder will be the same as always. But this year she will be mysteriously transported into the past. Only she knows the horrors that await.
The only main reason I wanted to pick this book up was because it won the National Jewish Book Award. I’m glad I did decide to pick it up though because it was a very good and emotional book. This book definitely hit me and it just made my heart feel sad.
Hannah. Hannah is the main character and she was a good main character. I don’t think she was anything special nor did she really stand out but I didn’t dislike her. For a young kid she has to go through some traumatic things and some of these things broke me. I mean for a kid to witness and go through the things she did made me so sad.
I liked the plot of this book and the point it wants to get across. I wish this book was a little longer because I think it would of maybe delivered a bigger impact on the readers if it was longer. I also wish it was more descriptive of Hannah’s surroundings because I think it would of provided a bigger impact for the reader and help deliver what this book is trying to get across in a more substantial way.
One thing I didn’t like about this book was Hannah and how she was after the end of the book. I felt like that after all she went through and witnessed she would of been a little more scarred. But after everything it seemed like the way she acted nothing happened and she never went through anything she went through. I also felt like during the book I wish we could of gotten more of Hannah and her thoughts and how she was coping with everything because I felt like we didn’t get that. I felt like we didn’t get much insight on her thoughts and how she was reacting to everything and I wish we could of. I just felt like we got a very one level view of this book and what was happening to Hannah and I wish we could of gotten to see one or two more views. I think if we got to see more than the one level provided for us it this book would of provided a much bigger punch and leave a bigger impact on the reader.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit of an emotional read for me and I just like what this book and the message it has hopes to get across to the readers. I think if you have the time to read it I think it is worth it. It isn’t a book that will leave a huge impact on people sort of like The Book Thief or The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas but I do think its worth a read.