Book Review: The Giver

The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Fiction
Source: Personal Collection

Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the kind of book that stays with you long after you have reached the one hundred and eightieth page.

Jonas is about to turn twelve. He lives in a perfect community where he will never have to worry about being hungry, feeling pain or witnessing violence. In his world, at the age of twelve everyone is assigned a carefully selected role. Some will be laborers, caregivers, teachers or birth mothers. Jonas is selected to receive special training from The Giver, he is destined to become the receiver of memories for his community.

Lowry’s simple writing style makes the novel accessible to readers at almost any level.  I read this book for the first time in fifth grade. I remember being bothered, not by Jonas, but by the decisions made by the community. It was the first time I thought about the balance between freedom of thought and security of life. Finishing the book for the second time, I still find myself wondering about this question.

I highly recommend this novel.  The Giver is an interesting and thought provoking read for any age. Although it is considered a childrens novel it would make an excellent choice for a book club.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Giver”

  1. robertsinferno Says:

    I read it in grade school as well, however I too feel that it is a book for any age. It’s a great book, with a great message, and if you choose to ignore the message it still has a great story.

    Definitely worth reading.

  2. Heather Says:

    I too enjoyed this book in middle school. It really is a book that everyone should read. I think that if you read it at different ages you can get different messages from it.

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