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The Giver

A book by Lois Lowry

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An Instant Classic

  • Jul 8, 2010

Upon picking up this book when i was young, i knew it was nothing like i had ever read before. I really enjoyed it a lot. It is so different from the repetitive novels that i've found myself picking up time and time again. 

 This short novel is a refreshing read to pick up and give a chance. I do believe it will become an instant classic to young readers as it brings a good message of doing what is right, despite the consequences our choices might bring.

This story takes place in a small community where every person must follow specific rules and structure.  Each family is picked by the Elders who govern all of the community. What amazes me is how everyone is made to believe there is no other way of living. Nobody in this community lives for themselves. They all exsist for purposes which the Elders chooses for each person. In the story the main character Jonas, is picked to get trained by the Giver where he plays sort of a 'God' role where he has the abilty to feel both good and bad emotions that the rest of the community lack. Jonas starts to realize that it isn't fair his community are not able to make their own choices and have no feelings one way or the other so he and the Giver decide to make a plan to change it all. 

 Overall, i wouldn't mind owning this book. I have re-read this book quite a few times, and even with age i still appreciate the author's choice in writing about something different yet something we can all find a way to relate to. I think we all forget that we can make a difference in our actions and choices. We sometimes take for granted our ability to change our paths, and continue to live life with little or no changes.

If you're tired of reading about vampires and werewolves, give this book a chance and give it a whirl. It won't be a waste of your time.



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review by . June 28, 2010
The Giver is one of those precious books that affects you differently each time you read it, especially if you have aged between readings. My reaction as a middle school student and my reaction as a teacher preparing to study it in a classroom of my own was could not have been more different.      One thing the novel lends itself to is a discussion of utopian/dystopian societies. I was amazed at what my students had to say about something I expected them to struggle with. Jonas …
review by . June 08, 2010
The Giver is one of those few books that are written for children (or so publishers think) but stay with us far longer than regular childhood items of interest. Reading it as an adult gives you a second layer, hidden beneath the veneer of simplicity, that makes you think. In this case, Lois Lowry has made us think about freedom. Both it’s value and it’s consequences. You follow a young boy on the brink of adulthood (after all, this is where most of wish we could change or alter our decisions …
review by . June 28, 2010
While "The Giver" is recommended reading, I honestly do not think anyone can gain more from it than pre-teens and young teenagers. The protagonist, Jonas, is an everyman among the aforementioned demographic. Even if our society doesn't completely mirror the cold and uncaring utopia in the novel, Jonas' ambivalence toward his new understanding is easy for a pre-teen to relate with, and the simplified notion of a small community acting as a microcosm for a dystopic future gives them …
Quick Tip by . January 12, 2011
Fascinating. I love the way she created the world without long chunks of history and explanation.
Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
I really enjoyed this book and I am thinking about rereading it.
review by . June 08, 2010
The Giver written by Lois Lowry is a very thought stimulating novel. The setting is a village where life appears to be perfect. Society has finally created a utopia. The story is from the point of view of a twelve year old named Jonas. Everyone one in the community is assigned a job and Jonas has been designated a special job and learns about the world around. One of the most intriguing points in this novel is whether or not the community is a good thing or a bad thing. That is for the reader to …
Quick Tip by . August 13, 2010
I first read this book in the third grade and have been a fan ever since! In fact, I think it had a part in making me insistent upon using precise language. Great for all ages!
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
One of those classic-y social sci-fi's. It's a world in the future where life has been made safe by being moderated in the interesting things that can be shared.
review by . June 24, 2010
This book took me high and low. It made me angry and at the end I was so satisfied. The whole society they had created was frustrating and they were keeping people in a secret world. It made me so happy to know that you could get out of it, if you were smart enough.      I recommend this book to anyone, young and old. It encourages people to think of this world we live in in so many different ways. It helps one think outside the box.    
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
This book is really profound. It makes you think about how society works without getting too philosophical. It is definitely worth reading.
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ISBN-10: 0440237688
ISBN-13: 978-0440237686
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Children's Books, Teens
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
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