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After reading The Giver, I was left confused and disappointed. It seemed as if it would be interesting, but you can't judge a book by its cover. The contents were dull and predictable. Quite honestly, I wouldn't recommend it to any reader seeking a fine piece of literature. It just doesn't suffice.

The Giver is about a young boy named Jonas. He resides in a futuristic society in which each citizen is assigned a job, a spouse, and children. The children are born to mothers who will never get to see them. Trying not to give anymore away, I will only say that Jonas is assigned an important job and is challenged with the release of an innocent child. Jonas is left with the option of leaving his home, job, and family to save the child, or facing the harsh reality of his community and job, and enduring the release of the child.

This book was dreadful. I became more and more dissatisfied with each page. It was a waste of time and hardly made sense. I'll admit, there were a few interesting lines, but far too few to continue reading after the first chapter. Although I finished it, I regret doing so. It was, by far, the worst book I've ever picked up. It proved to be mediocre, no better than what the average person could conceive. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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alanna_mcc This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm
I couldn't disagree more with this review. This is one of my favorite books. You were disappointed because you didn't understand the undrelying messages and the puzzling ideas contained in The Giver's pages. You just don't appreciate Lois Lowry's BEAUTIFUL writing. Yes, the end is dissatisfying, but that's because it isn't written word for word. You get to interpret what happens to Jonas.
writer101 replied...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm
I read this book as part of a class.To understand it you have to dig deeper in to the meaning of the book.Like any good book you read the author does not just tell you what it is about you have to figure the meaning behind the book yourself.I liked the book and found that it had manny meanings behind it.
Wordscantsay said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Really like this book!!!!Great job =]
sushiman555 said...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm
At first this book was boring but it got better, I just didn't understand some parts.  i absolutely hate the ending
ghostfilms730 said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm
this book was creepy in so many ways
WaffleManThing replied...
Dec. 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm
did u like it though?
Jackie.C said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm
I wholeheartedly disagree with this disappointed review. The Giver is about the dangers of a Utopian society, how to love, how to feel. Personally, The Giver is my favorite book of all time. It's an amazing story and I really advise that if you found it disappointing or confusing the first time around, read it a second or even a third like I did.
Mike replied...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Distopian society not utopian
Afra- said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 5:04 am

The giver book is a very emotional story. Thoguh I read it two or three years back I still remember it. =) Yes, you do need to read it really slow but in the end this book is very sad and maybe thats one reason some people find it dissapointing. I at first felt it to be suckish, but tehn when i thought back to the events i began to see the idea more clearly. The ending was way too cliffhangerish for and yes i do need to read the sequeals. I still wonder what happened to Jonas and the baby. =(... (more »)

IceFox416 said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm
There are also several sequals, though not about Jonas. But I read Gathering Blue, and the ending of that gave you an idea about what happend to Jonas.
IceFox416 said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm
I can see why you say this, especially if you like horror, action-adventure, or thrillers. This book is more of an emotional story, sort of an examination of the way humankind restricts themselves. It's a very colorless and bleak novel, which is another reason some people don't like it. But I think, to read this, you have to enjoy a slow-paced, more multi-layered story. Some people don't like stories like that, and I myself know how entertaining a good action story can be, but when you need a bo... (more »)
bookinatorTS said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 10:48 am
I agree, the Giver left me very frustrated and disappointed. Yes, the world that Lois Lowry created was cool, but a good ending wasn't there. Basicly all of my disappointment was because of the cliffhanger ending and a very predictable ending. 
angelicanXdreamer said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm
I strongly disagree with your perspective. The book is a beautiful story with an amazing metaphor, it describes the life that we are all doomed to have, in fear of pain and sadness. Jonas being chosen for the special job get all the happiness he deserves and dreamt of but must deal with all of the pain. The message is strong that sometimes people who believe in order and not risking any potential sadness will have a boring unnecessary life, because they won't be able to experience it. The book w... (more »)
Youallfail replied...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 10:47 am
I agree I liked this book. Jonas lived in a colorless, boring world where everyone was the same. That doesn't sound like a utopia to me! I wish Lois Lowry would have made the book end. Not end it with a cliff-hanger, that dissapointed me. I was so surprised when ever the book said they killed twins, and "relaesing" was killing people too. If I was Jonas I would have ran away also.
sasha1996 said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

i had to read this book in 7th grade. im not a picky reader. i thought the book was okay. i liked the message but i would hate to live where jonas lives.


CautionwetPaint said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

I can see where your coming from, especially if you enjoy action, adventure, or horror books. However the Giver is anything but mediocre, and predictable. it's defintely way more intricate and deep then your letting on, and because of it's plot is again, anything but predictable.

When I read it I was in sixth grade. I lived every minute of it though even though I didn't understand some lines. Whatever I didn't understand I asked about to be sure I followed. What I would suggest for you... (more »)

LilEgg said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 6:46 am
The book is really interesting actually and it's a series of books so you can't just read the Giver you have to read the other ones to understand everything.
Shadow said...
Oct. 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm
The Giver was boring
Hester said...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm
I read The Giver when I was in elementary school and loved it. I read it again as a school book in 7th grade. And loved it. In conclusion, this is a great book. ;p
TheWordSmith said...
Sept. 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm
Personally, The Giver is my all-time favorite book. I know everyone has their personal preferences, but perhaps if you used an online resource that thoroughly explained any confusing parts (example: SparkNotes), then you would be able to better appreciate the story. Just a suggestion :)
SunflowerState said...
Sept. 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm
 Why would you be negative about the book? You are supposed to give us details about the book, not how you didn't like it and I hear that it is a very good and interesting book.
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