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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 Mar. 26 2011 at 11:30 am
BelleVie11 BRONZE, Ladson, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Although it is raining outside... Remember, the sun is always behind the clouds.

When I first read this novel, I was offended that the characters were completely unaware of the reality that surrounded them. I almost gave up reading it, that is how mad I got. But, I do not like to leave a book unread. So, I bared through it and I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the dynamics and the detail. THe imagry was fantastic. But, I do not say you are wrong. For who are we to degrade a perspective? We all have our own.

on Mar. 26 2011 at 12:39 am
ElizabethW. DIAMOND, Oconto, Wisconsin
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I really have to disagree.  I found this book fascinating and refreshingly original.  But then, I guess it's all just a matter of opinion.


What kind of books do you like?  I just finished The Last Child by John Hart, and am completely addicted - he is currently my favorite author.

Becca17 GOLD said...
on Mar. 24 2011 at 2:06 pm
Becca17 GOLD, Belleville Ontario, Other
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Favorite Quote:
“Seven Deadly Sins:
Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

I suppose you have some good points on why you disagree with the novel. In fact when I finished reading it, I at first felt the same. But then I started looking back into behind the text and became a bit frightened at the possibility that maybe Lois Lowry's fictional depiction of what might happen in the future could in fact turn out well...nonfiction. :/

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Mar. 23 2011 at 3:24 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

What? This book is great and interesting. It's also very scary!

on Mar. 22 2011 at 7:11 pm
AFreeSpirit97 GOLD, Dallas, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words." -Elbert Hubbard

I honestly have to dissagree. I read the book in class, and everyone wanted to keep on reading it untill we were done. We were all hooked in by the first chapter or so. And with the ending, everyone had their own opinion about how it might go on.

But, I do agree by your statment, "... but you can't judge a book by it's cover." Though, they way you ment it was different. I thought the book was about an old man, and class was going to be as boring as ever. But I, personaly, was proved wrong, and so were many as my classmates.

I really liked it myself. Though it's not my style any more, I would love to read it again if I had the chance.

on Mar. 18 2011 at 1:12 pm
I hate this book so much. I am reading it at school and it freaking sucks. GOD it is so boring. I have to answer 80 questions about the book. I am in school right now. WAS THIS AUTHOR HIGH WHEN SHE WROTE THIS!!!!!!!

Lilies BRONZE said...
on Mar. 14 2011 at 2:46 pm
Lilies BRONZE, Columbus, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus."
- Susan Longacre

wow. i actually really liked this book. just goes to show how much opinions differ.

on Mar. 6 2011 at 1:04 pm
drmstarlet21 GOLD, Matthews, North Carolina
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Haha nice, what is that about? I've never heard of it.

And my English teacher is all about creative project ideas. We're starting our projects for Macbeth right now, and everyone had to come up with their own. Mine is a literary magazine. I am writing little pieces and saying they are "by" a few of the characters. I wonder where I got *that* idea...thank you, Teen Ink!

Emiline! ^-^ said...
on Mar. 6 2011 at 12:08 pm
Haha, you're lucky, we read An Enemy of the People last year (it was a play), and everyone was saying it should be removed. Only we couldn't write essays on it, because it was the writing teacher's favorite book. :)

on Mar. 5 2011 at 10:01 am
drmstarlet21 GOLD, Matthews, North Carolina
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My English class read A Separate Peace earlier this year, except no one finished the book. I stopped at like page 20. Our essays at the end of the unit were ALL on why it should be removed from the curriculum, at our teacher's suggestion :)

Emiline! ^-^ said...
on Mar. 4 2011 at 11:11 pm
A Separate Piece? I started that last year (because it was on my classroom shelf), thinking it would be good, and then gave up after page 7 because the guy was just wandering around doing nothing. :(

on Mar. 4 2011 at 9:18 pm
drmstarlet21 GOLD, Matthews, North Carolina
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It puzzles me, too.

To all of you people that are saying it's a classic, all that means is people really liked it years ago. Personally, I don't think it is that good. I understand that it was made-up, especially with the utopia society, but the characters in general didn't seem very real to me. I couldn't connect with them at all.

I feel like The Giver is similar to Animal Farm and 1984. Does anyone else agree?

on Mar. 4 2011 at 9:10 pm
drmstarlet21 GOLD, Matthews, North Carolina
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I agree that this person didn't say why it was bad with much clarity. I read it in middle school in English class and my whole grade hated it, as does most of my school. It's been years, so I don't remember now why I didn't like it, just that I didn't. However, if you think The Giver is bad, try reading A Separate Peace. Now there's a horrible "classic"

on Mar. 4 2011 at 8:19 pm
MochaCappuccino SILVER, N. Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Dance like no one's watching."
"When you copy from one person, it's called plagiarism. When you copy from many people, it's called research."

I've never read this book, but I can't really tell whether it's good or bad because you never really gave a reason as to why the book was subpar. You can't just say that it was the worst book ever because it was mediocre and it was mediocre because it was the worst book ever. I appreciate your opinion though. :)

on Mar. 4 2011 at 8:02 pm
flyingpinkgiraffes, Chardon, Ohio
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 thought it was amazing.  i read the sequel too.  i guess its an either you love it or hate it kinda thing....

and i know the ending was weird, but she wrote it like that to make it more interesting,  and leave you guessing.  I personally admired the ending


on Mar. 4 2011 at 1:43 pm
Greenshortz BRONZE, Wilminton, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Happy Days, Happy Days."

This may have been the worst book of all time !!!!

on Feb. 26 2011 at 6:23 pm

I just finished this book less than twenty minutes ago, and I personally loved it. It was strange and thought-provoking, and I really like books like that.

I can see why you might have disliked the ending, but Lois Lowry made it vague on purpose, so readers could imagine Jonas's and Gabe's fate for themselves.

on Feb. 26 2011 at 9:17 am
aspiringauthor_ BRONZE, Fairfield, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - MLK Jr.

I'm sorry, I just don't see how you can think this book was that bad! I personally love it and read it every 2 months. Oh, and you didn't give any reasons as to why you thought it dissatisfying, so if you could do that next time, then that's great! :)

SongSparrow said...
on Feb. 10 2011 at 7:43 pm
SongSparrow, Evanston, Illinois
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As a lot of people have mentioned, you didn't really have any reasons as to why it was so bad. I am not critizing you for thinking what you do, but more examples would really be helpful.

Curly_Sue said...
on Feb. 10 2011 at 5:51 pm
Curly_Sue, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
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How can you say something like that?!? The Giver is one of the best, most thought provoking books I've ever read! I makes you question the very balance of right and wrong and how far we, as a society, will go to achieve perfection!