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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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Birdsinger said...
May 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm
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 di... (more »)
Jocospock replied...
May 30, 2014 at 10:03 am
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.
anonymous replied...
Nov. 20, 2014 at 9:28 am
I  read this book last year and I am in the 8th grade now, I for one Love the book but I love your opinion.  
Sunshine20023 said...
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.
HayleyFther said...
May 1, 2014 at 5:45 am
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.
Larkbird This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm
and we find out even more about him by reading Gathering Blue and Son ;)
WilliamN said...
Mar. 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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.
JesusandHisLawyers said...
Mar. 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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'... (more »)
EllyApolloRose said...
Mar. 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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.
WrappedUpInBooks said...
Mar. 9, 2014 at 9:26 am
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. 
Funne said...
Feb. 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm
This is a very good book to me. I think it shows why a Utopia might not be a good idea. 
wildandfree13 said...
Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm
i completly disagree this book was interesting and worth while reading this book was very intersting 
HelloKitty456 said...
Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm
WildandFree13 says you make Horrible Book Review and disagrees.
cometear said...
Nov. 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm
I competely agree. This book sucked.
Thomas.S.B. said...
Oct. 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm
I have to disagree. The giver is anything but a dull and predictable book and that is the exact word I would use to describe it, fine. The plot is enticing and makes you want to keep reading. And the idea of a world where you have to learn to see color is incredible. Lois Lowry composes an unforgettable piece, inextricable from the group of top kids novels of all time.
DistantNucleus replied...
Oct. 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm
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.
dFNihegihGIrhgiRI said...
Sept. 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm
the book was confusing since u dont hav any experience to relate to in terms of finding the lights and all. and my teaxcher completely changed the meaning so that might hav beeen the reson  didnt get i. frankly, he thought he knew everything. anything he says is right. at the end of the book he said that the kids die cuz thats what happens when u faint or something, u c what u wanna c or something?? anyway he "faints and "dies" at the end of the book. so i was confused. i ask... (more »)
super_slim_77 replied...
Jan. 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm
well said. noone could hav said it better
Kestrel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 9, 2013 at 10:00 am
While I enjoyed The Giver the first (and only) time I read the book, I now agree whole-heartedly with you, as I have since read Anthem by Ayn Rand. Anthem was written literally decades before The Giver, and is the exact same concept, with almost identical characters and plot developement, only it is written beautifully. You should read it next; it is very short, and unlike The Giver, it is original.
ramfthomas4 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm
I'm sorry, but I disagree with you.  I read this book and would recommend it to any aquantaince.  It is truly a fine piece of literature.  If one is expecting the usual sci-fi action adventure, I could see how you would be disapointed, but I found this to be a meaningful and poignant read.
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