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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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alex9426 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm
I'm going to disagree. Lois Lowry is a wonderful writer, and it is most obvious, of all her books, in The Giver. It is thought-provoking, haunting, and a really good read. I challenge you to read it again with a more open mind.
alex9426 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm
Just to clarify, I'm not saying anything against your not liking the book; I know I'm running the risk of stating the obvious, but I'll say it anyway: you are fully entitled to think whatever you want of a book, but I never like people not liking books I love.
VirginieC This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm
I liked The Giver a lot! When you read it, you have to think hard, it's not the type of thing you just read page after page of. I think 1984 is a similar book and it's much more popular, but The Giver is much better! It seems dull, but not if you think.
captaindanger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm
I don't know what book you were reading. The Giver is a classic. It is beautifully written with well-rounded characters and a chilling setting. Unless you skimmed through and didn't try to get a deeper meaning out of the story, you would recognize this.
Ariadne replied...
Feb. 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm
Just because it's a "classic" doesn't mean that everyone will like it. I've read plenty of classics that I thought were dreadful. The term is overused. Don't you think that this reviewer might simply genuinely have disliked this book?
captaindanger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm
Maybe he did, but maybe I wasn't making my point. My point was that he might have made a bad review but he should have backed up the reasons he didn't like it with examples from the books. When I read the review, it just sounded like he was shooting it down.
Anonymousperson said...
Jan. 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm
This is more of a hate speech than review. You have no facts to back up how or why the Giver is a bad book.
cynthia4always replied...
Jan. 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm
what are you talking about? and every other person I know who rad that book loved it. and that would be the all the 7th and 8th graeders at my school . and it seems to me your not the average person.
Anonymousperson replied...
Jan. 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm
I never said I thought that. The person who wrote this review is trying to tell us that the Giver is bad, but this person has no facts to back up why they think the Giver is a bad book. I actually thought the Give was really good.
cynthia4always replied...
Jan. 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm
i didnt mean to comment on yours i meant to comment on the reveiw sorry
TheMesserSandman said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm
I read this entire review twice and I have yet to find a single concrete reason why the Giver is a bad book. A review is your opinion, yes, but when there are no facts to back that up, then it turns into a rant.
RebirthedNovelist replied...
Jan. 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Okay so TheMesserSandman has it right, you guys are ranting not reviewing
blackveilbrideschickies said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I totally agree with you. The Giver sucks...Like worst book Ive ever read


Wolfheart said...
Jan. 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I'm sorry but I disagree, it was a very good book in my thing I liked was that you never knew that there was no color until the giver said "you are beginning to see the color red."

Here's something: If you want to like this book more, read "I heard the owl call my name." THe giver will no longer be your least favorite book.

TheAsianHeather said...
Jan. 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm
I don't agree with you.I think this book is great,even if th ending is kind of disappointing.When I had to study The Giver in seventh grade,my language arts teacher said she hated it.I can kind of understand why you don't like it.
pablo_ivher said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 7:53 am
Unlike you it was a great book for me for the way in which it is written and also about the theme it was interesting to see how Jonas copes with the decision of leaving a society that expects a specific role for him but which imposes a harsh future.
Ariadne said...
Dec. 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

I don't understand the number of negative comments on this review.  I believe in the complete democracy of the reader and no one should be criticized for not liking a book, in my opinion. There are lots of popular books and classics that I have read and disliked and I am sure that is true of everyone. I also want to make the point that just because a book has an interesting point or interesting concepts that really make you think, does not mean it is well written.  Has any... (more »)

Lonewolf1213 replied...
Dec. 31, 2010 at 8:53 pm
I don't believe that people are trying to criticize the writer; I thought the article was well presented. However, this is the review section, and if someone were reading this to decide whether to read The Giver, they should know that this isn't the be all and end all opinion.
chey13 said...
Dec. 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm
I too read "The Giver" about 4 times. The first time I read it I was in 5th grade and I had no clue what in the world they were talking, but then a few years later I read it again and loved it. Many people I know that read it hated it and I felt different. I think young people and even adults will enjoy this book.
Lonewolf1213 said...
Dec. 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I, too, read The Giver, but I'm not quite sure that you and I read the same book. I found it thoroughly engaging, and, in fact, read it two more times. Some interesting concepts were persented, including the idea of a 'utopic' society. Is there any such thing?

As I mentioned, I think you and I read different books. Personally, 'The Giver', by Lois Lowry, is one of the best classics I have read, and would recommend it to anyone.

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