The Giver by Lois Lowry MAG

By Bapalapa2 ELITE, Brooklyn, New York
Bapalapa2 ELITE, Brooklyn, New York
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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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on Oct. 11 2014 at 10:29 pm
DistantNucleus, Sacramento, California
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I also agree. The Giver was a book I had to read in 7th grade. This book took the topic of "dystopia" and added a more modern and technological aspect. However, I do agree that the end felt disappointing. It was too big of a cliffhanger for me to handle... I believe the author did this so that we could imagine our own ending to the story. Maybe this is because Lowry couldn't decide on an ending herself, whether happy or sad.

on Sep. 26 2014 at 10:21 pm
beAWESOMEstayAWESOME BRONZE, New York City, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Work hard in silence and let your accomplishments make the noise."

Its too late! I already read it! But i liked your review. I felt the same way at the ending. 

on Aug. 8 2014 at 10:53 am
kingofwriters BRONZE, DeWitt, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Books are a uniquely portable magic." - Stephen King

I love books, and I love technology, but I don't want to see the latter overwhelm the former. I just think books are meant to be pages you turn, not screens you scroll through.

I can understand why you don't like this book. I don't think it was dreadful, but it certainly wasn't a masterpiece. The idea surrounding the book is admittedly very unique and interesting, but everything else was just bland. Not dreadful...just bland.

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on Aug. 3 2014 at 10:12 pm
absband SILVER, Newfane, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"WORK IF YOU WANT SOMETHING"

I loved thisbook my class read and I was ahead and finished in at least one day. It was confusing then it got more understanding by the time I finished.

on Jul. 1 2014 at 3:39 pm
Did you read all of the books in the series? They were all AMAZING :) My favorite was Son.

micky d said...
on Jun. 6 2014 at 5:20 pm
I just finished reading this book in school, and it was so good that I read the whole book by the time the class was still on like chapter 14. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.

on May. 30 2014 at 10:03 am
Jocospock SILVER, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin

I disagree 100% I loved that book, I remember reading it years ago when I was in the sixth grade, and I loved the book so much that I bought it and reread it like a year ago. It's amazing, an absolute thrill to read. Fabulous peice of literature, and if you found it confusing; maybe you just didn't understand the general message. I want to reread it again. I think I shall.

on May. 22 2014 at 6:19 pm
Birdsinger SILVER, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
“I cannot live without books.”
~Thomas Jefferson

Personally, I found The Giver to be a great book. My fifth-grade teacher read it aloud to my class in Lit several years ago and--maybe it was just her prowess and fluency, but I don't think so--I really enjoyed it at the time. I think all Lois Lowry's books are worth at least picking up. She's a very talented writer, so if you think that The Giver is too "juvenile," I would recommend something else--the Austin series, for instance. Even if you didn't like this book, consider giving Lowry another chance. Bapalapa2, congratulations on your publication! ( :

on May. 13 2014 at 10:05 am
The giver is a very unique book and after reading it I found that it was a very complex book.

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on May. 1 2014 at 5:45 am
HayleyFther, New Hill, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life, it goes on.” -Robert Frost

I read this book and even though there are some points that i got tired and almost stopped reading,I still think it's worth to give it a try.

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on Apr. 14 2014 at 1:38 pm
Larkbird GOLD, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
There is no point in working towards something that you do not want.

and we find out even more about him by reading Gathering Blue and Son ;)

Larkbird GOLD said...
on Apr. 14 2014 at 1:29 pm
Larkbird GOLD, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
There is no point in working towards something that you do not want.

I cannot agree with you more. I have also read the quartet and have found that the workings that the author undertakes in combining the books is simply remarkable. And i cannot say that The Giver by itself is a dull read either. It, like all the other books, gives us some of the best thought out symbolism and makes it readable to children. 

on Mar. 27 2014 at 3:20 pm
Mister_J PLATINUM, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"Captain, I wish to report a mutiny. I can name fingers and point names." - Captain Jack Sparrow

Some people here say that this book was very "childish" and "intended for children" but I don't think so. I found it a very good book, and it teaches people that creativity and breaking out from everyday order can be a good thing.

on Mar. 25 2014 at 9:53 pm
JesusandHisLawyers SILVER, Austin, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"who the fuck has a favorite personal quote what does that even mean" - me, just now.

I feel like I've posted about the Giver before, so bare with me. The Giver is, at its core, a book intended for children with a very simple and childish understanding of literature, and by extension, what makes good literature. It takes some concepts that have been used before many times, and often used better (I think sombody mentioned Anthem?) and wraps them into an easy to swallow and simplistic chunk of nothing. That's what it is, really. Nothing. Charactres so flat that you can't help but not care what happens, plot that barely chugs along, and a universe so lazily crafted that after a certain point you stop caring about the inconsistentcies and unexplained bits. It was a desperate grab for a Puilitzer and it worked, it was "deep" and it was "thought-provoking", but only in a bare-boned and childish way. And I guess that's what they were looking for.

on Mar. 19 2014 at 12:27 pm
EllyApolloRose GOLD, Washington, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"When you’re alone, you can make any choice you want. But when someone loves you, you lose that right."
-Alice Paul in Iron Jawed Angels

I completely agree, this book was awsome!! Have you read any of the sequals?

on Mar. 19 2014 at 12:25 pm
EllyApolloRose GOLD, Washington, Pennsylvania
14 articles 18 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When you’re alone, you can make any choice you want. But when someone loves you, you lose that right."
-Alice Paul in Iron Jawed Angels

I really loved this book, but when you read it, you have to keep an open mind. It was very confusing at first, but when i reread it, it was better. There are multiple sequals/books about the same utopian world. If you still have problems understanding the book, you should also read the others, they might help you understand it a little better. This is just my opinion though, but i really love the "what if" factor of utopian books.

on Mar. 9 2014 at 9:26 am
WrappedUpInBooks, -, New Jersey
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I read this in the seventh grade and was not very interested. I've been meaning to re-read it, but to be honest my memory of it is basically summed up by this review. It was a bit confusing and the end really bugged me. Out of all the dystopian fiction I have read, this was probably my least favorite. 

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on Feb. 5 2014 at 6:18 pm
Funne GOLD, Cleveland, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams."

-H.P Lovecraft

This is a very good book to me. I think it shows why a Utopia might not be a good idea. 

on Feb. 4 2014 at 12:33 pm
wildandfree13 BRONZE, Littleton, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
Dreams Aren't Always Meant for Sleeping

i completly disagree this book was interesting and worth while reading this book was very intersting 

on Feb. 4 2014 at 12:32 pm
HelloKitty456 BRONZE, Littleton, Colorado
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WildandFree13 says you make Horrible Book Review and disagrees.


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