The Giver by Lois Lowry This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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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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lszyman96 said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 11:27 am
i dont think the book is terrible, but in my opinion i didnt like, and niether did anyone else in my class
Stargirl212 said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm
I don't think that's really fair. Maybe it's no Shakespeare or Jane Austen, but it's interesting and actually quite intellectual. I read it for school, and it posed some interesting disscusions and questions. It's a great book that really makes you consider life and the emotions we experience living it.
AnneOnnimous said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm
sure, it was a little predictable, but it was still exceptional. It dealt with big themes and was well-written. You shouldn't say bad things about it just because you didn't understand it.
Imaginedangerous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm
I don't think it was the worst book I ever read, but I didn't like it either. There wasn't much action and it really was a little predictable. (For example -Spoiler Alert- I figured out about ten pages in that 'released' actually meant 'killed'.)
Lilacs_Smell_Wonnerful This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 1, 2010 at 9:52 am

Lol, yeah, I figured out what "released" meant almost right away too, but it still shocked me to find out I was right.


Anna3 said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm
I read The Giver for school with our class and Ill have to disagree with most of you. This book, though not my type, was very interesting and well written. I liked the way the author put things and how they made the world for Jonas so trouble-free. Though I wouldnt like to live in a world like that (at all), I thought that over all it was a good way to showing that our world has SO many problems. The only thing that I didnt like about the book/could have been better, was the end... (more »)
celloizmylife said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 11:12 am
Unfortunately I have to read this over the summer for school. Yuck. But did you know there's a lot of symbolism to Communism? That's at least a little interesting that the author has some figurative language like that. But then, I haven't read it yet, so I don't know what it'll be like.
Thrush said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 11:04 am
I thought the Giver showed a lot of interesting points, and that book scared me, so I disagree completely.  This review could be better by adding proof, becasue I do not see any predictable parts.
cait19 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 9:20 am
This review has a few biases that a good critic would not include. For example, you said that after the first chapter you were disgusted. Well, then you admit aproaching the book expecting it to be bad. Writing a good review and being a good critic involves being objective and open. I hope that helps! Keep writing you're getting there
thetiedyecrayon said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 9:06 am
First off, The Giver wasn't a compelling, stay-up-till-midnight read, but it wasn't dull and predictable. And how exactly is it dreadful? You're just saying these things with no evidence to back it up. To people who have never read the book, you're not helping them by just saying it was dreadful.
Slushi said...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

*a *phenomenon

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Slushi said...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm
I thought the topic was amazing: a boy living in a world with no inequality, no prejudice, no rudeness and most amazingly of all, no pain. Althought some parts were somewhat predictable, it made sense. The Giver had an intriguing start and an thoughtful, cliff-hanger end. I believe that this book was a phenonmeon that caused me to dwell on philosophical questions, like what is true happiness and the importance love. Would we really want a world without any pain? Pain is a burden, but i... (more »)
Aelia said...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 9:56 am
I don't quite agree ith you. I agree that the fact The Giver was somewhat confusing, especially at the beginning. However, as I read on, I found the book was thought provoking and truly and sophisticated piece of work. Sadly, then ending was not as satisfying as I hoped.
NEllexis1026 said...
Jun. 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm
The book The Giver is a book based on changes throught life.I haven't read the book in a long time but I remember it well. It was a book where everything was the same.Only one person had known what reality truly was and that is  what the story is really about how a child changes overtimel.HE starts out in the tens and goes in to the ellevens and thinks he had not done enough community service work until his name is called last with a speech he proudly recives the honnor of be... (more »)
ZoeRocksYourBrain said...
Jun. 8, 2010 at 3:18 am
Why were a lot of you confused? I read this book in the third grade and it made sense to me. There is this whole underlying element I didn't notice until I was older, about the apple representing knowlegde and loss of innocence. It really was captivating. Sorry you missed it xD
MacnCheezz replied...
Jun. 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm
I agree. This piece of literature has a ton of symbolism in it, if you read if for face value, then of couse it wouldn't make sense....
Serendipity-Pen replied...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 9:31 am
I personally thought that the book was amazing. It didn't confuse me, so much as raised frustration that I couldn't figure out what happened. It was fairly easy to follow, and it was written beautifully. When you've read enough books to start a library, like I have, THEN you can say what you want.
DarkMountain replied...
Jul. 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm
You said modestly.
Ninja_Writer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm
I hated hated hated this book! I totally agree with you there. It was slow and confusing, and the way it ends just aggravated me.
twilight_teen14 said...
Jun. 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm
It was an interesting book to read so I will not agree with you on that point. Otherwise, I did NOT like this book because it was disturbing on so many levels. The whole thing with 'releasing' was so wrong! Plus, a community with no wrongs, MADE A HUGE WRONG! It didn't give people choices or let them see in color. Except for Jonas, Gabriel, and The Giver. I'll agree with you there. And it was confusing, especially the end.
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