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Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

by Kristeena
Review: The Giver by Lois LowryThe Giver by Lois Lowry
Series: The Giver, #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 26th 1993
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Challenge Theme: A childhood classic you’ve never read

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This 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.

I remember this book being popular when I was a kid but somehow I never read it so it was perfect for my challenge theme. I am so glad that I chose to read this book now as an adult rather than having read it as a child. Granted with age comes wisdom, so I can appreciate the concept of the book more, but I just don’t think young adults would truly understand the greatness that is this book. While there is something appealing about a society where mates are matched up perfectly, people are matched up with the job that will succeed in, families are all given two children, there is no war or hunger I just don’t think I could give up the things I would have to in order to achieve that. What is a world without true love, music, BOOKS, art, just to name a few. Not a world I would subscribe to even with the problems in my life.

I loved the concept of the book, I loved the relationship between Jonas & the Giver, and I loved that the book kept me engaged the entire time. I was told to read the rest of the series so I already have book #2 on hold at the library. Yet another young adult book that is great for adults. Plus quick reads help meet my reading goal 🙂

Favorite Quotes:
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

“I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid.”

“The community of the Giver had achieved at such great price. A community without danger or pain. But also, a community without music, color or art. And books.”

“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong, every single time.”

“Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?”

“If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!”

“He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt.”

“It’s just that… without the memories it’s all meaningless.”

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