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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 Jun. 13 2010 at 4:00 pm
AnneOnnimous BRONZE, Peterborough Ontario, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."
— John Green

sure, it was a little predictable, but it was still exceptional. It dealt with big themes and was well-written. You shouldn't say bad things about it just because you didn't understand it.

on Jun. 13 2010 at 3:52 pm
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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I don't think it was the worst book I ever read, but I didn't like it either. There wasn't much action and it really was a little predictable. (For example -Spoiler Alert- I figured out about ten pages in that 'released' actually meant 'killed'.)

Anna3 said...
on Jun. 13 2010 at 12:53 pm
Anna3, Graham, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Faded lines show a lot of things: Power, Time, Intelligence, Attempt, Difference, Place and Change.

I read The Giver for school with our class and Ill have to disagree with most of you. This book, though not my type, was very interesting and well written. I liked the way the author put things and how they made the world for Jonas so trouble-free. Though I wouldnt like to live in a world like that (at all), I thought that over all it was a good way to showing that our world has SO many problems. The only thing that I didnt like about the book/could have been better, was the ending. That part left me confused but maybe thats what the author wanted you to think. Maybe they wanted you to make up your own ending, make it so that you could have it your way. Over all, it was a very good book and I would recomend it to people who like perfect-world books.

on Jun. 13 2010 at 11:12 am
celloizmylife PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious.....And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney

Unfortunately I have to read this over the summer for school. Yuck. But did you know there's a lot of symbolism to Communism? That's at least a little interesting that the author has some figurative language like that. But then, I haven't read it yet, so I don't know what it'll be like.

Thrush BRONZE said...
on Jun. 13 2010 at 11:04 am
Thrush BRONZE, Tegaad, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Live life to it's fullest extent, it's the only life you've got" "Enjoy yourself, be yourself, love yourself"

I thought the Giver showed a lot of interesting points, and that book scared me, so I disagree completely.  This review could be better by adding proof, becasue I do not see any predictable parts.

on Jun. 13 2010 at 9:20 am
cmCampbell SILVER, Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Every minute you spend angry is 60 seconds you lose of happiness!"

This review has a few biases that a good critic would not include. For example, you said that after the first chapter you were disgusted. Well, then you admit aproaching the book expecting it to be bad. Writing a good review and being a good critic involves being objective and open. I hope that helps! Keep writing you're getting there

on Jun. 13 2010 at 9:06 am
First off, The Giver wasn't a compelling, stay-up-till-midnight read, but it wasn't dull and predictable. And how exactly is it dreadful? You're just saying these things with no evidence to back it up. To people who have never read the book, you're not helping them by just saying it was dreadful.

on Jun. 12 2010 at 6:44 pm
twilight_teen14 GOLD, Moline, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"And then we continued blissfully into this small, but perfect piece of our forever...." -Bella Cullen- Breaking Dawn.
"Gandhi said that whatever you do in life will be insignificant. But it's very important that you do it."
“Everyone’s stars, don’t get your hopes up, learn the ropes and climb the ladder and know in the end, that just being here is the best and it only gets better.”

to the readers, yes, to the characters (except Jonas later), no.

Slushi SILVER said...
on Jun. 12 2010 at 6:43 pm
Slushi SILVER, Toronto, Other
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*a *phenomenon

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Slushi SILVER said...
on Jun. 12 2010 at 6:41 pm
Slushi SILVER, Toronto, Other
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I thought the topic was amazing: a boy living in a world with no inequality, no prejudice, no rudeness and most amazingly of all, no pain. Althought some parts were somewhat predictable, it made sense. The Giver had an intriguing start and an thoughtful, cliff-hanger end. I believe that this book was a phenonmeon that caused me to dwell on philosophical questions, like what is true happiness and the importance love. Would we really want a world without any pain? Pain is a burden, but it leaves us with a lesson, and contrasts with happiness. Without pain, true happiness could not be felt.

S.S.Y. GOLD said...
on Jun. 12 2010 at 9:56 am
S.S.Y. GOLD, Toronto, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"After all, tomorrow is another day" -- Scarlett O'Hara

"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!" -- Romeo

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." -- Stephen Leacock

I don't quite agree ith you. I agree that the fact The Giver was somewhat confusing, especially at the beginning. However, as I read on, I found the book was thought provoking and truly and sophisticated piece of work. Sadly, then ending was not as satisfying as I hoped.

on Jun. 12 2010 at 9:31 am
Serendipity_Pen GOLD, Shakopee, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."
~ Arthur C. Clarke
"Better to remain silent and thought a fool then to speak and remove all doubt." ~Abraham Lincoln

I personally thought that the book was amazing. It didn't confuse me, so much as raised frustration that I couldn't figure out what happened. It was fairly easy to follow, and it was written beautifully. When you've read enough books to start a library, like I have, THEN you can say what you want.

on Jun. 11 2010 at 10:13 am
TortelliniPen BRONZE, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
"80% of quotes are made up"- Gandhi

But don't you think that that was the point?  Isn't this supposed to be a dystopia?

on Jun. 10 2010 at 9:17 pm
MacnCheezz BRONZE, The Colony, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Phillipians 4:13

~Anonymous
"People who hate reading scare me. Good books have kept me alive..."

I agree. This piece of literature has a ton of symbolism in it, if you read if for face value, then of couse it wouldn't make sense....

NEllexis1026 said...
on Jun. 9 2010 at 1:25 pm
The book The Giver is a book based on changes throught life.I haven't read the book in a long time but I remember it well. It was a book where everything was the same.Only one person had known what reality truly was and that is  what the story is really about how a child changes overtimel.HE starts out in the tens and goes in to the ellevens and thinks he had not done enough community service work until his name is called last with a speech he proudly recives the honnor of being the giver.HE ends up meeting the original giver everyweek and over time the giver passes down memories until one day when the giver dies everyone finds out the truth about the one and only REALITY!!!!!! This helps everyone and soon people stop putting others to sleep and giving medicine for no good reason. This is a book i recremend everyone to read.!!

on Jun. 8 2010 at 3:18 am
ZoeRocksYourBrain GOLD, Reno, Nevada
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Why were a lot of you confused? I read this book in the third grade and it made sense to me. There is this whole underlying element I didn't notice until I was older, about the apple representing knowlegde and loss of innocence. It really was captivating. Sorry you missed it xD

on Jun. 2 2010 at 6:12 pm
Ninja_Writer BRONZE, Western Springs, Illinois
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I hated hated hated this book! I totally agree with you there. It was slow and confusing, and the way it ends just aggravated me.

on Jun. 2 2010 at 3:04 pm
twilight_teen14 GOLD, Moline, Illinois
13 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
"And then we continued blissfully into this small, but perfect piece of our forever...." -Bella Cullen- Breaking Dawn.
"Gandhi said that whatever you do in life will be insignificant. But it's very important that you do it."
“Everyone’s stars, don’t get your hopes up, learn the ropes and climb the ladder and know in the end, that just being here is the best and it only gets better.”

Also, with the whole 'assign' everything.....so wrong.

on Jun. 2 2010 at 3:03 pm
twilight_teen14 GOLD, Moline, Illinois
13 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
"And then we continued blissfully into this small, but perfect piece of our forever...." -Bella Cullen- Breaking Dawn.
"Gandhi said that whatever you do in life will be insignificant. But it's very important that you do it."
“Everyone’s stars, don’t get your hopes up, learn the ropes and climb the ladder and know in the end, that just being here is the best and it only gets better.”

It was an interesting book to read so I will not agree with you on that point. Otherwise, I did NOT like this book because it was disturbing on so many levels. The whole thing with 'releasing' was so wrong! Plus, a community with no wrongs, MADE A HUGE WRONG! It didn't give people choices or let them see in color. Except for Jonas, Gabriel, and The Giver. I'll agree with you there. And it was confusing, especially the end.

on May. 31 2010 at 6:34 am
BeYOUtiful_13 BRONZE, Tinley Park, Illinois
4 articles 1 photo 98 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
~Marilyn Monroe

yeah i agree. but it still was a good review