Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Giver

Lois Lowry

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

My Take:

Sometimes you read a book that is so special, it stays with you your whole life. The Giver is absolutely one of those books. I first read it in 3rd grade and it has stuck with me ever since. I recently reread it, and I have to say I loved it even more. There is really sort of an eerie feeling throughout the book, which resolves nicely into a message of hope, and the importance of individualism. The end is ambiguous, which is not my favorite thing in the world, I know it will case you to think more, but sometimes I just like a nice neat clear ending. So I choose my own ending for this book, which I believe is happy. I highly recommend this book, even to adults, it is just a wonderful, thought provoking novel that will resonate with you your whole life. I give this book a rating of 1, Pay Full Price Guilt Free

Do you agree with my review? Do you think I'm totally off base? Either way I'd love to hear what you think. Be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

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If this book were a movie, it would likely be rated G, approved for all audiences with no offensive content.


Leo said...

Very interesting website! Thanks for the link on Yahoo answers. Keep up the good work.

Brittany said...

I had to read it in 8th grade and i remember that there was a mom that tried to ban the book so we couldn't read it because she didn't think it was appropriate for kids to read. We ended up reading the book anyway and I agree with you that it has an eerie feeling to it but it is a very good book and i would recommend this book to everyone!

Kaitlyn Devin and Grace said...

Thanks for your comments. Good for you for not letting anyone sensor the books that you read. Make sure you keep checking back for more reviews on books you love. If you don't see a book on here that you would like me to review, let me know, I'll be happy to check it out!

Juju at Tales of said...

I LOVE this book.

The Book Buff said...

This really is an absolutely incredible book. I can see why everyone reads this in school.

Alena said...

I loved this book when I was younger. Thanks for telling me about your website on the Mom Bloggers Club - I'm a new follower


Lady Rynn said...

I also had to read this in school, but at the time I read it I hated it. I think it was because of a lot of the contraversial things that it talks about in the 'so called' perfect society. Yet, its been a story that has never left my memory and I think that has to say something about the story. I think I didn't hate the story as much as the ideas that the society in it felt were right and I believe that is what you are supposed to feel. Thus the reason the main character rebels and leaves, seeking something more.

Anonymous said...

I recently read "Number the Stars," another book by this author, and I loved it. So then I read this one, and I have to say I love this one even more. It is one of my favorite books and I think it gives a very good message that kids and some adults may need to hear.


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