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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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KnowItAll said...
Nov. 24, 2009 at 11:13 am
Although it was a well written review, so was The Giver. I personally disagree with your oppinion. The giver was a bit predictable, but all around a great book.
mrsabbyjonas13 said...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Very nice format to your review! But, I have to disagree. 'The Giver' is actually one of my very favorite books! I thought the vagueness of it was really beautiful, actually. The ending DID leave me hanging, though, which I wasn't a huge fan of. But I haven't read 'Gathering Blue' or 'The Messenger' yet, so I guess I shouldn't judge the ending quite yet. However, I respect your opinion and your writing style is really good! :)
book_itt752 said...
Nov. 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm
I absolutely 100% disagree. I love The Giver and im sorry it wasnt enjoyable for you. but i love how i can draw my own conclusions, eventhough my favorite parts of book are the ending. Lois Lowry did a great jod. Thanks to my 8th grade teacher for making me read it !
Kavishg This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm
Well, the whole point of the giver was not the content itself, but the message it gave. The society he lived in was communist to the most extreme. You couldn't see color, there were no hills, nobody could be different, nothing bad nor good happened. There was no LOVE!!!! If you think that this book was dull, you missed the point of it.
pictolover said...
Nov. 10, 2009 at 10:06 am
I really liked this book. I loved the cliffhanger ending.
DizzyRae replied...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm
I liked it 2...It was sumthin different..It wasnt the usual mystery type book or wateva but it was an futuristic 1...
itsjustme said...
Nov. 7, 2009 at 2:44 am
I agree that the giver was in fact a boring book, i had to read it in 6th grade. then in 7th grade we read the next book of the series, gathering blue. This one was a little better. Finally in 8th grad e we read the last book in the series, the messenger. This book tied everything together and was a really great book. so if you have the patience so read the rest of the series i really recommend it.
I HATE YOU said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 10:57 am
I hate this book so much. I agree with the writer of this review. It's very doll and slow. It didn't please me or satisfy me. Read it and die of boredom
D.D.in_da_house said...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 9:43 am
i think the giver was a great book even the ending because it gives you a cliff hanger which draws your attention
JoeGoe said...
Sept. 8, 2009 at 6:44 pm
I could not agree more with you.
Rachel I. said...
Sept. 2, 2009 at 12:58 am
No disrespect to you or this review, but I completely disagree with your opinion of The Giver. I read this book in 6th grade, and to this day it remains one of my favorites. I was fascinated with the idea of a utopian society in which people were unable to make decisions for themselves, and I was also slightly disturbed by the limitations of this lifestyle. I think that Lois Lowry succeeded completely in capturing the essence of what such a lifestyle would be like, and I'm sorry that you fail... (more »)
MiRawr replied...
Nov. 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm
I had the exact same response when I read The Giver. I was so interested in this society that the writer painted a picture of so well, and it actually helped me think of a lot of story ideas that revolved around utopia and futuristic plots. I consider The Giver to be one of my favorites.
dancedreamer101 said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm
I had to read this for 8th grade englsih a while back. I actually kinda liked it. I liked it very much. Very different from most novels I've read.
Leyra said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm
I think your review was well written but I have to completely disagree with you. That book was rather confusing but once you got to the end you got it all, even though the ending of it was rather, how do you say dumb and stupid, but the rest of the book was good and it didn't seem predictable. I think you are completely wrong about that book. I thought it was going to be bad but after I read it I loved it. It was good and well written. You're judging a book by its contents and thats even worse t... (more »)
AmnyR said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm
i disagree 10000000%, this is an amazing book. yes, you need to look a little deeper, and think along different lines than normal, but it is a meaningful book, not an adventure story. try it again, i've been reading it every year since it came out and i love it more every time.
MyChey5 said...
Jul. 17, 2009 at 2:54 am
i love this article!! it showed the EXACT same way i feel about the book!!! Lios Lowery must have been insane when she wrote this bcuz other books by her are amazing!!1 This book was confusing and too complex Love your article!!!! Great review!!!
Heather S. said...
Jul. 4, 2009 at 3:11 am
I read this book in 8th grade and loved it. It's the perfect example of how a world with the title of 'utopia' always fails. I loved how you don't even realize that everyone cannot see colors and how one person can hold everything, in order for everyone to live perfectly. And personally, if it wasn't a great book, than why did it get awarded with the Newberry Medal? I think the writer of this article needs to open their imagination more in order to enjoy this book.
Blcky588 said...
Jul. 3, 2009 at 3:56 pm
I found that this book was interesting and my English 9CP teacher has been having her freshman read it every year to begin the year off. However there are a lot of people who may not like the book most of those people haven't even given it the benefit of the doubt.
melodylake18 said...
Jun. 20, 2009 at 4:20 am
I loved this book. It led you into the world of a completely different society. I read the whole series (there are two more that correspond to it).
hootowl4 replied...
Feb. 15, 2010 at 7:12 am
me too! but i thought the giver was best
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