Friday, November 8, 2013
The Path of Names
Dahlia Sherman doesn’t want to go to a sleep away camp highlighting learning Hebrew and focusing on her Jewish roots.
She loves magic – magic tricks, sleight of hand, math and video games.
Yet her parents did not give her much of a choice when they dropped her off at Camp Arara.
Amidst her glowering and sulking, Dahlia can’t help but acknowledge that there are a few things of interest going on. Such as two little girls who appear to walk right through the wall of a cabin.
Also, she starts to have vivid dreams of a young Jewish man decades ago being chased through New York. Someone she’s never seen in her life.
Not to mention a huge maze with a mysterious caretaker that won’t let anyone near it…
Dahlia figures she can manage a few weeks at Camp Arara if she has something to do.
The Path of Names lacked the humor, zaniness and quirkiness I expected from the cover and premise, sadly.
It focused a lot on Jewish mysticism but didn’t make it compelling – in my opinion.
Plus, I can’t say Dahlia was the most likable character either. She doesn’t seem all that nice to her brother or her parents – and is often moody. Again, this was just my view.
I ended up skimming The Path of Names after giving it over 100 pages to grab my interest – and didn’t. It just wasn’t as fun as I expected!!
Of course, there are many bibliophiles who will gobble it up and be great fans of The Path of Names, though!
So check it out for yourself and see what you think!