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The Giver (Giver, Bk 1)
The Giver - Giver, Bk 1
Author: Lois Lowry
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440237686
ISBN-10: 0440237688
Publication Date: 9/10/2002
Pages: 208
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 980 ratings
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Giver (Giver, Bk 1) on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
The Giver deals with important issues including individuality, diversity, and euthanasia. The book is classified as young adult literature, but the novel appeals to readers of all ages. I found it powerful and provocative
reviewed The Giver (Giver, Bk 1) on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
One of my favorite childhood books, The Giver is great for children and adults alike. Children can relate to the feeling of the main character, Jonas, and his struggle with growing up and being different. Adults will enjoy it because it shows what could happen in a community when every aspect of life is "controlled". This is a great read-aloud book, and even better as a gift!
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Helpful Score: 10
The plot of this book has been described, well and often, in the editorial and customer reviews already posted, and I will not repeat that.
The Giver earned five stars from me on two points: technical quality and content. Technically, this book is very well-written, with a fast pace, no lulls, three-dimensional characters, a well-described setting, and no plot contradictions.

It is the story content that really elevates this book to five-star quality, however. Diversity and conformity are issues that surround us, in the news, in our neighborhoods, in our schools, in government and politics, and in the courts. "The Giver" puts the debate under a microscope, and it leaves room for no simplistic answers. It portrays an artificial society where diversity has just about been abolished. It depicts the benefits of that society, the shortcomings of it, and the internal conflicts caused in the mind of the protagonist. "The Giver" gives no answers, but gifts us with a wonderful way to look at an important question. This is a great book for a classroom project, or for a parent to read with his/her child. There are discussion questions listed at the end, that can be used as a launching pad for an intellectual exploration of the issues portrayed.

A non-spoiler spoiler: The end is intentionally ambiguous. While I have decided, for myself, what the ending means, each reader must make his/her own decision on what happened at the end.
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Helpful Score: 8
An interesting futuristic look into a "sameness" society. This book is not long and is suitable for pre-teens and teens. In fact, it was required reading for one of my children in Jr. High or HS. The ending packs quite a wallop.
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Helpful Score: 8
I read this book in elementary/middle school and didn't think much of it. As an adult, however, it was one of the books that I remembered most. Your heart will go out to Jonas as he is given the information of the town. This book will make you feel just what the characters are feeling. I highly recommend this book for children and adults, alike. Happy reading!
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reviewed The Giver (Giver, Bk 1) on + 406 more book reviews
In this book the future is made up of communities with rules and governed with a watchful eye. In these communities there is no war, no crime, no heartache. There is also no love, no feelings of want, no colors. So which would be better? Our ways now or the ones in the future? This book kind of revolves around those kind of issues. For all the good that we see in this new world, there is actually bad too if you know what you're looking for. Jonas is just like any other child but he sometimes sees things that he thinks he imagines. Then the naming day comes and each kid his age gets to find out what they get to do for the rest of their lives. At Jonas's naming he was given the job of the "Receiver of Memories". Jonas learns that this fate is much harder than one realizes.
I loved the book. I loved the characters, the setting, etc. The reason there is 1 star missing is because I did not like the ending. I like endings to be all tied up with a pretty little bow. I don't like endings that do not totally end. One's that have you create your own ending by guessing. This one ends kind of up in the air. You get an idea of where it's going on but not totally sure.
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I first read this book back when it was first published, and I'm happy to say that it's still a truly great book even now, when I'm quite a bit older. There's a surprisingly high amount of depth and meaning to the story, particularly given the age group it is written for, and I love it for that. My one real issue is the ending, which I knocked off a star for, because I hate it still. It's still a great reading option for younger and older readers alike though.
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I first read this book when I was in middle school. I loved it then and I love it just as much after reading it 15 years later. This is a great book for both adults and children. It is an easy read but still manages to be thought provoking. I would definitely recommend.

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