Book Review: The Giver

February 11, 2015


The Giver
Lois Lowry
179 pages
Hard copy edition

From the Publisher:
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

I have mixed feelings about this book.  Don’t get me wrong.  I really enjoyed it, I would still give it five stars.  But I don’t think I loved it as much as some people have, if that makes sense.  I see people RAVE about it.  I’m not sure I would rave about this book.  I did not read this in high school, or college….I know a lot of people have, so this was my first time reading it. I know, I’ve read a lot of books, but I haven’t read this one, everyone can gasp together now! The book had some really great quotes and I was reading a library copy, or else I could have done some serious highlighting and underlining. I do think it would be a great book to add to my personal library and read to my kids, maybe when they get a little older.  It’s such a thought provoking book – what if our world had no feelings?  

“The life where nothing was unexpected, or inconvenient, or usual.  The life without color, pain or past.”

To be honest, the last couple years our family has experienced some pretty big struggles but I really think they’ve made blessings that much sweeter.  I am positive we would have not seen certain experiences as blessings if we wouldn’t have had so many trials.  I think living in a world without anything unexpected sounds good at some times in my life, but I’m pretty sure I would get bored.  I would want more.

I am not really sure I want to see the movie of this book.  But I do want to add the next couple books in the series to my reading list.  

Have you read this book?  Did you like it or love it?  Why?

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