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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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nbmssi said...
on Feb. 8 2010 at 10:31 am
i loved this book.... it actually made you think just like the rest of her books.

on Feb. 5 2010 at 10:12 am
SaraRoxsHerSox SILVER, McVeytown, Pennsylvania
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"Brochacho!"

Yep, I agree with you

on Feb. 5 2010 at 10:11 am
SaraRoxsHerSox SILVER, McVeytown, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Brochacho!"

I completely agree with you.

on Feb. 5 2010 at 10:10 am
SaraRoxsHerSox SILVER, McVeytown, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Brochacho!"

I respectfully disagree with this article. I love this book adn have read it many times.

on Feb. 4 2010 at 9:42 am
Shel-Bells SILVER, Middletown, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
When nothing goes right , go left (:

The Giver Has changed the way I see the world. Once you read it you begin to think differently about this world and your community. Its a great read with twist & turns!

on Jan. 29 2010 at 3:58 pm
AspiringAuthorAnonymous BRONZE, Lititz, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"I cannot live without books" - Thomas Jefferson

I personally love the giver and have read it three times. Try number the stars, it good too!!!

kagoma BRONZE said...
on Jan. 20 2010 at 8:49 pm
kagoma BRONZE, Miami, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars

The reason I found the book “The Giver” so interesting because they described a society with people who were living a seemingly perfect life. The job of the Giver was to take on the burdens of the people within the village. The Giver was the only one who felt pain, happiness, and compassion. In other words he was the only person in the village who really endured feeling. I felt the plot was magnificent and that the book was very well written. However like you have already stated, that’s just my opinion, and you're entitled to yours.

on Jan. 18 2010 at 6:12 pm
DeadlyPoppy PLATINUM, Chehalis, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"Is mayonnaise an instrument?" -Patrick, Spongebob Squarepants

As far as I could tell, the book was about how even a "perfect society" wouldn't work properly. How what was supposed to be perfect only worked well because they kept secrets from the people and took away their free will. It was a good plot, as I said, and the message was inspiring, but like I said, the writing didn't flow at all. That's just my opinion, and you're entitled to yours.

kagoma BRONZE said...
on Jan. 18 2010 at 6:55 am
kagoma BRONZE, Miami, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars

I disagree with you entirely. The book “the giver” is the most breath taking, interesting, unique, and powerful book I have ever read. This book may have been boring to you, but maybe that is because you didn’t understand the true context of the book.

on Jan. 8 2010 at 9:05 pm
DeadlyPoppy PLATINUM, Chehalis, Washington
30 articles 13 photos 41 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Is mayonnaise an instrument?" -Patrick, Spongebob Squarepants

I totally agree with your review. We read The Giver for English class last year, and it practically put me to sleep. The plot is good, but the book itself doesn't flow properly and it's slightly confusing at times and boring at others.

on Jan. 2 2010 at 3:50 pm
xenon333 PLATINUM, Billerica, Massachusetts
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You could maybe try reading it again-but slower-to grasp the full effect of Lois Lowry's outtake on the future. The Giver is certainly a novel with many perspectives.

on Dec. 30 2009 at 11:07 pm
sophietle BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters." - Seneca

Your review is well organized and written fairly fluently, but I have to strongly disagree with your opinion of this book. "The Giver" is a book that needs to be read more than once to be completely understood. I found the "disappointing" ending more like a hopeful one, and the book overall as incredibly powerful. Try reading it again. :)

Josefina said...
on Dec. 16 2009 at 8:22 pm
I agree with this, sort of. The book did have interesting part, but it was slightly slow and not enough plot, but if you have disscussions, like I did in 7th grade. There were so many different opinions, and if you really listened, you could get more out of.

on Dec. 15 2009 at 2:47 pm
nadeszhdahope, Sofia, Other
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I love The Giver but to fully understand it you need to read the next three, Gathering Blue and The Messenger (in that order.) It also helps if you try to look for parallels in society. I love Lois Lowry. :)

bandicootii said...
on Dec. 13 2009 at 10:22 am
I agree. I love this book! I know there are a lot of people who hate it, but I don't see why!

stargirl237 said...
on Dec. 7 2009 at 3:32 pm
stargirl237, Hartland, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
"Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it."-Robert Frost

"There is no excuse for not having a good excuse"

This was a pretty good book until the reader finds out about the truth of the society in the end. Then I don't like it any more with the elements of release, absence of fellings and color, and the complete brainwashing type of style come in.

on Dec. 4 2009 at 8:13 pm
I completely agree. Had I not read "1984" before reading this I would have been completely lost. "Animal Farm" is also another great book to read to understand better.

Asia&Jimetta said...
on Dec. 4 2009 at 12:53 pm
I love this book=))**

jmc.13 said...
on Dec. 2 2009 at 11:27 am
jmc.13, Dobbs Ferry, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"I'd rather regret what I did than what I didn't do."

I read and loved "The Giver". It was an interesting satire of communism, and if you couldn't get that then it's your own fault. This book is amazing and Lois Lowry is a superb author.

on Nov. 28 2009 at 9:32 am
FlyleafFreak DIAMOND, Loveland, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"I have faith in fools;self confidence my friends call it"~Edger Allan Poe
"In this world of infinite insanity, your friends are the best psychiatrists you will ever have."~Me

Wow. It seems that there are so few people left that can actually look past the literal meaning of words on the page. The vague sense of all her books it what keeps you in the book. Come one people, look deeper than the words on the page!