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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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nishka9 BRONZE said...
on Jan. 30 2015 at 8:32 pm
nishka9 BRONZE, Santa Clara, California
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Favorite Quote:
"True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable."
-Dave Tyson Gentry.

I believe it depends on when you read this novel. The new books such as Divergent and The Hunger Games really brought out the Dystopian novels, but Th GIver really satrted the trend and people gained interest in the dystopian genre.

on Jan. 29 2015 at 6:32 pm
AlejandroG BRONZE, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Does anyone know that this book is part of a four piece set?

Bookworm4610 said...
on Jan. 13 2015 at 6:41 pm
Bookworm4610, Thealka, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"THIS IS A PEN!" ~Rick Riordan

I agree..This was an EXTREMLY Bland book... it had no "Flavor"

NoniDoni GOLD said...
on Jan. 12 2015 at 8:41 pm
NoniDoni GOLD, Calabasas, California
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I loved the book and will agree to disagree with you!

on Dec. 31 2014 at 2:30 am
HappyEmeal GOLD, Lahore, Other
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Favorite Quote:
When life knocks you down, Dhuzzz! Just puzza back up!!!

I agree with you at some places. I liked the book, but it was dull and the end just left me confused. WHY WOULD LOIS DO THAT TO US? And the movie that came out this year is even worse. I agree at places with you, but I think it was an okay book.

anonymous said...
on 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.  

on Nov. 18 2014 at 4:31 pm
GirlGenius SILVER, Oakland, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
The question for today is* : If you could solve any world crisis right now, what would it be?
(*-GirlGenius's favorite quote)

I can't decide whether or not to read, "The Blood of Olympus." Can someone do a review on that?

on Nov. 12 2014 at 10:01 am
Jonah Halbert GOLD, Booneville, Mississippi
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Well , I read The Giver in the 5 th grade , and I didn't see the point in it. The ending was good and heartfelt in my opinion , but the story just ......... sucks.

on Oct. 11 2014 at 10:29 pm
DistantNucleus, Sacramento, California
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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.

on Sep. 26 2014 at 10:21 pm
beAWESOMEstayAWESOME BRONZE, New York City, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Work hard in silence and let your accomplishments make the noise."

Its too late! I already read it! But i liked your review. I felt the same way at the ending. 

on Aug. 8 2014 at 10:53 am
kingofwriters BRONZE, DeWitt, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Books are a uniquely portable magic." - Stephen King

I love books, and I love technology, but I don't want to see the latter overwhelm the former. I just think books are meant to be pages you turn, not screens you scroll through.

I can understand why you don't like this book. I don't think it was dreadful, but it certainly wasn't a masterpiece. The idea surrounding the book is admittedly very unique and interesting, but everything else was just bland. Not dreadful...just bland.

absband SILVER said...
on Aug. 3 2014 at 10:12 pm
absband SILVER, Newfane, New York
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Favorite Quote:

I loved thisbook my class read and I was ahead and finished in at least one day. It was confusing then it got more understanding by the time I finished.

on Jul. 1 2014 at 3:39 pm
Did you read all of the books in the series? They were all AMAZING :) My favorite was Son.

micky d said...
on Jun. 6 2014 at 5:20 pm
I just finished reading this book in school, and it was so good that I read the whole book by the time the class was still on like chapter 14. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.

on May. 30 2014 at 10:03 am
Jocospock SILVER, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin

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.

on May. 22 2014 at 6:19 pm
Birdsinger SILVER, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
“I cannot live without books.”
~Thomas Jefferson

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 didn't like this book, consider giving Lowry another chance. Bapalapa2, congratulations on your publication! ( :

on 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...
on May. 1 2014 at 5:45 am
HayleyFther, New Hill, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life, it goes on.” -Robert Frost

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 GOLD said...
on Apr. 14 2014 at 1:38 pm
Larkbird GOLD, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
There is no point in working towards something that you do not want.

and we find out even more about him by reading Gathering Blue and Son ;)

Larkbird GOLD said...
on Apr. 14 2014 at 1:29 pm
Larkbird GOLD, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
17 articles 1 photo 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
There is no point in working towards something that you do not want.

I cannot agree with you more. I have also read the quartet and have found that the workings that the author undertakes in combining the books is simply remarkable. And i cannot say that The Giver by itself is a dull read either. It, like all the other books, gives us some of the best thought out symbolism and makes it readable to children.