Saturday, October 9, 2010

One Is Not A Lonely Number by Evelyn Krieger

Written by Ari at 11:15 AM
Do You Agree? 
One Is Not A Lonely Number by Evelyn Krieger
Pages: 456
Pub Date: June 9, 2010
Author Website/blog: http://www.oneisnotalonelynumber.com/
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Talia Shumacher is the only child of a wealthy orthodox couple, known for their hospitality. As Talia becomes a teenager, her parents' open-door policy begins to irritate her. When Gabrielle Markus, an eccentric twenty-three-year old ballet dancer shows up one day, Talia's life is turned upside down. Convinced that Gabrielle is harboring a secret, Talia and her friends set out to uncover it. Along the way, Talia must deal with the loneliness she feels as an only child living in a religious community that celebrates large families. In discovering Gabrielle's secret, Talia discovers secrets about herself and her parents. Talia's gift for math and her unusual way of thinking about numbers is woven into the story along with themes of friendship, individuality, and acceptance.

I really enjoyed this book. ALthough I think the publisher was aiming for a YA genre I think its more middle grade based on the age of the main characters. So, I myself am a reform jew so I actually really enjoyed learning about how the more conservative families live. However, if your not into jewish lit it also does an amazing job of informing the world of problems that come from death, money, and even your family beliefs. Granted you need to order teh book from teh website or amazon I still really enjoyed it. It was hard to put it down. Its great if your a jew trying to find yourself, or your religion. Or even if you enjoy a good story. I love any good story that doesnt preach and this book did that. I hope you enjoy it also :)

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