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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mulan98 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 5 2012 at 5:55 am
mulan98 BRONZE, East Jakarta, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."

This judgement awfully sounds like a matter of one's own inablity to brainstorm possiblities of what happened in the end. Although I do understand that the ending might have left us all feeling confused, it's fair to point out while you said that it became very "dull and disappointing" towards the end, I find you asking questions about it as well. Lowry might have chosen to end the book this way as means to keep it alive, but this is merely an opinion and I hope you don't take it the wrong way. (:

I.R.B BRONZE said...
on Sep. 24 2012 at 12:56 am
I.R.B BRONZE, Mendocino, California
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Favorite Quote:
"When you see beyond yourself, then you may find peace of mind is waiting there."
(The song, Within You Without You, by The Beatles)

I think this is a very wellwritten piece. But I must dissagree. At first I did not care for the book much mself. But as I read on, I saw so much meaning in the pages. The theme of this place being a "utopia" made the whole book a paradox. I think the author described the use of drugs, sexual desire, and governmental control to write a fabulous story, that holds so much meaning. 

on Sep. 17 2012 at 10:13 pm
Ririchiyo45 BRONZE, Downey, California
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Favorite Quote:
"The virtue of angels is that they cannot deteriorate; their flaw is that they cannot improve. Man's flaw is that he can deteriorate; his virtue is that he can improve." -Hasdic Saying

Good review, but I must disagree. I believed The Giver to be a wonderful book that showed the complexity of humanity and of a utopian society. The ending was a bit of a bummer, I might add.

AKequestrian said...
on Sep. 13 2012 at 5:58 pm
AKequestrian, Homer, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
- George Bernard Shaw

I do not agree with Bapalapa2 at all!!! The Giver by Lois Lowry is a very well written book. IT was unique and fresh, and there has been many books made AFTER following the same theme. "It proved to be mediocre, no better than what the average person could concieve." THis is a quote directly from Bapalapa2's book review. That is purely untrue, it is strictly an opinion and its ridiculous. Mediocre, could've been written by anyone books do not recieve many medals and lots of readers that enjoy it. I disagree with everything in this book review and would say to all people considering to give it a chance!! I LOVED IT!! :)

happyAKgirl said...
on Sep. 13 2012 at 5:58 pm
happyAKgirl, Homer, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
Life is a story...but be careful your writing in pen.

I do not agree at all. I read The Giver earlier and loved it. The ending was mysterious and the author gave you the chance to decide for yourself what happend. It was confusing in a good sort of way. But good job on you review Bapalapa2 even though i disagree.

on Aug. 31 2012 at 8:51 am
ShannonLaDieu SILVER, Waycross, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The best part of beauty is that no picture can express- Loren blake Chosen House of Night serise
mee-uf-ow!- Nala(Zoey's Cat) House of night Books
since when has public making-out become a turn-on for you?- Zoey Redbird

I totally agree.  I mean the ending is like what happened di he make it or did they die? We will never know. The book became very dull and dissapointing the further you get into the novel. I had to read it twice and wouldnt recommend it to anyone ever.

jenledgerfan said...
on Aug. 30 2012 at 10:11 pm
I read this book and I thought it was one of the best bo! oks ever. when you can write as good as Lois Lowry then feel free to bash a great work of literature.

on Aug. 25 2012 at 5:52 pm
pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
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I recently read The Giver, and I loved it. I spent days after reading it thinking about it. However, you are entitled to your opinion, too. It's a nicely done review, even if I don't agree. :)

Pea6898 said...
on Aug. 14 2012 at 4:33 pm
Pea6898, Toledo, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them but you know there always there

 The giver was confusing book but only at the ending otherwise it was a wonderful story and i look forward to read the next one. Louis lowery is an awesome but confuseing auther a good one by louis is number the stars. I hope more readers like the giver.

on Aug. 13 2012 at 9:31 pm
malaikah SILVER, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Gathering Blue, The Messenger

on Jul. 5 2012 at 4:41 pm
Shahiro PLATINUM, Johnston, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
"Soon we must all choose between what is right and what is easy." - Dumbledore (Goblet of Fire)

I really enjoyed The Giver, though i didn't like the ending because i wanted to know what would happen next, of course i hardly ever like the endings to books... it must be that humanistic characteristic of always wanting more...

ps. please check out my work....

on Jun. 25 2012 at 8:59 am
BreathingUpsideDown BRONZE, Cordova, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"You know how people say to think outside the box? Well, with me there is no box: there's a rectangular pyramid, and I'm, like, way over here." -Me

I absolutely loved The Giver. Coming at it expecting an action-packed teen romance built to satisfy the attention deprived youth of today you will be dissappointed. But if you're looking for something with real insight and emotion and if you really want to have to read into the characters this is a wonderful book. You say it didn't make sense, I argue that you just didn't understand it. Though the ending did leave the reader wanting, overall I think it was a beautifly written peice and I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it.

on Jun. 20 2012 at 2:37 pm
Kaitlyn_Deann BRONZE, M, Texas
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I actually really liked The Giver, though I do admit it wasn't my favorite book. I probably won't read it again for years. The idea was amazing, but I wasn't a big fan of the style or ending. 

on Jun. 4 2012 at 9:38 pm
DreamingOutQuiet SILVER, Round Rock, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Time and the bell have buried the day,
The black cloud carries the sun away" - Elliot

Oh if life where made of moments, even now and then a bad one. Oh, if life where made of moments then we wouldn't know we had one. - Into the Woods

The giver never had a chance. Good idea: absolutely terrible writing and delivery. *shudder* (not to mention one dimensional characters) I hate when authors dumb down books this much. 

on May. 17 2012 at 3:59 pm
It was an amazing book but the ending was a little wierd. Also, If you could describe this book in one word, what would it be? I chose Ignorance

on May. 17 2012 at 10:55 am
mindless_dreaming BRONZE, Wyckoff, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"May make my heart as a millstone, set my face as a flint, Cheat and be cheated, and die: who knows? We are ashes and we are dust." -Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 'Maud'

I agree and disagree.  I think the idea of the book was wonderful, I think it was very creative, however I don't think the book was creatively written or well written.

on May. 17 2012 at 5:12 am
NaomiStatia GOLD, Oranjestad, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Too many to remember!

Well, I am going to have to disagree. I read it resently and found it very interesting. How Jonas learn from the "Giver" that this life is not what "life" is. Imagine having no color in your life? Imagine having a child and it being taken away from you? Imagine not being able to chose your husband/wife due to the "cousels" choice? But that is all that community has ever known. Running away was because Jonas was trying to help the community. Helping them move into a different life, letting them see another way to live.

schan GOLD said...
on May. 9 2012 at 1:23 am
schan GOLD, Taipei, Other
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Favorite Quote:
“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.”
-Michel de Montaigne

Though the book was quite mundane at times, I have to say that the plot was superbly interesting, and not predictable at least, when I read it. The ending leaves the reader hanging with the obscurely described ending, and though I was utterly frustrated by the ending, I thought the book overall was quite well done. Otherwise, why else would they tell us to read it in school? 


SensAtion said...
on May. 6 2012 at 2:42 pm
SensAtion, Orlando, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand."

To be candid, this book review could use some revision. I am not the greatest "Giver" fan either, but this post isn't so much of a well-rounded review as it is an opinion in three paragraphs. It's oozing with malcontent yet with no explanations at all except for the vague "dull" or "dreadful." There are numerous adjectives though minimal substance is present in this article. If you wish to be a writer you must realize that the quality of the writing is not in the selection of words, especially obscure adjectives that might just end up making a work too inaccessible to the public (eventhough I couldn't find this in you work you seem like you could be at risk for this as you mature), but the tone and mood and message within the content itself.  

on Apr. 15 2012 at 6:46 pm
i_am_so_very_large_and_towering SILVER, Mililani, Hawaii
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Favorite Quote:
"Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"

good review. . . but i loved the book and thought it was one of the best i had ever read.


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