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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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lnvo97 said...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm
honestly i agree with you!!! i had to read the giver for school and i hated it!!! i will never pick it up again!!!
lnvo97 replied...
May 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm
lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D
WannaBeALoser said...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm
I disagree. The giver is an amazing book if you had the ability to understand it.
Wannabewriter said...
Apr. 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm
I read this book for school also. I think it was kind of cool the way the author must have an amazing imagination.
1313 said...
Apr. 22, 2010 at 10:07 am
I disagree with the review.  The Giver is a really great book and really gets you to think about life.  It is a little confusing and probably isn't for everyone, but I liked it.
Stonemich92 said...
Apr. 22, 2010 at 8:56 am
This Book is amazing. Its the kind that I truely love to crawl in bwed with. Even though Ive read it many times it never gets old to me.
Naba36 replied...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm
This book is one of my favorites!! i love how the author created a totally new community; that's what makes it so unique.
sammm7 said...
Apr. 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm
did you read gathering blue and messenger? (very good)
Olivea said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm
I have to disagree with you. I really enjoy Lois Lowry's writing style. I thought that it was very unique. The ending was a cliffhanger because it is important to draw your own conclusions.
jjjjkkkkll said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm
I totally disagree with you.This book was a very good book.Altough the ending was confusing I still like this book very greatly!!
dancestar said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm
Even though The Giver wasn't my favorite book, i thought it was worth my time to read. the plot was different and unique. But i have to admit i was REALLY disappointed with the sequal Gathering Blue and the book after that- Messenger.
literatureXlover said...
Apr. 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm
i read the book last year and i fell in love with louis lowry .. i think hes/she [iam not sure :x]is a great writer and i do recommend this book and any other books by him/her ..yes it can get confusing and the endings not that great ..but he/she has a great way of writing and his/her books are very good mi opinion.
RheaD.Ravenfinger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 17, 2010 at 9:46 pm
I liked the book but I felt let down at the ending. I didn't get to know whether Jonas helped the people to remember or if he survived and what happened to the baby. The book had a lot of good ideas and was well written but I think the writer ended it too soon.
ZAVERY said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Well, I don't think it was dull or a waste of time. It's like learning a thousand morals in one! It was a unique story that made me wonder and question every sentence., like for example, "What and where is elsewhere?" This book in my opinion is very good for developing minds that wonder what the world really is. That's just my opinion!
iliketac0s said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm
ikr, i really liked it!
iliketac0s replied...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm
haha sorry that was supposed to be a reply to someone else's comment
maritina said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I neither agree nor dissagree. I will admit that it is not my favorite book in the entire world, but it was a good read for a rainy day.I did not dislike it because it was a bad book, but because it didn't interest me very much at the time. I think it was very well written though and it is very eye opening to events that coud easiy happen if society keeps insisting absolute equality in every single aspect of people's lives.


PurpleRain said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I really enjoyed this book! The ending wasn't exactly satifying but for the most part it was extremely interesting.


ZAVERY said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm
Hey wait a minute. If you don't like this book, then why did you read it? :|
gogreenatohs said...
Apr. 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm
Well I am sorry but I totally disagree with this review. I read it for a book club and I LOVED it.  Lois Lowery is an awesome author. I really enjoyed her writing style.
ZAVERY replied...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Yeah, I agree. We are reading this book at school. It's kinda disguisting when it's talking about "stirrings" but I still love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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