Book Review #22: The Giver 🍦

Title: The Giver     Author: Louis Lowry

Rating: 🍦(48/50)

Recommended for: 5th-7th graders     AR: 5.7     Lexile: 760


The GiverJonas’s world is perfect.  Everything is under control. There is no war, fear, or pain. Everyone is assigned a special role in the Community.

When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out to receive special training from the Giver. The Giver alone holds the true pains and pleasures of life. Now it’s time for Jonas to learn the truth. There is no turning back.

This book was awarded the 1994 Newbery Honor and received lots of praise. “A richly provocative novel”              –Kirkus Reviews, Starred.

Thoughts (for when you’re done reading, spoilers)

Amazing book! Was so incredibly moving and truthful.

My favorite part was when Jonas took Gabriel and his Dad’s bike to escape. It makes me happy to know that Gabriel would have the chance to truly experience life, the good and the bad. I also liked it when Jonas experienced his memory. It opened up his eyes so much and shows the reader how blank and monotonic Jonas’s world was before without saying it.

My favorite character was The Giver. There was something about his personality and character that immediately drew me towards him. My 2nd favorite? Probably Jonas. Earlier in the book, I would have said I liked Asher or Fiona, but now I realize they don’t know anything about the real world.

It made me sad when I learned that The Community killed the old and sometimes the young just to keep everything “the same”. I was also very sad when the reader learned the truth about Rosemary. It made very sad to hear that she had given herself the shot.

I think if the people in The Community knew a little bit more about the real world, they wouldn’t be so scared of it and stop avoiding it. They try to hide themselves from pain, sadness, and war, but really if they had experienced real life they would have seen that their world was sadness. You can’t just take away the bad from life, or anything else. Sure you can be positive, but really its unnatural and not the way it was intended to be. most things are a mixed bag. Some things good, others not so good. It is my belief that these things are simply how it is and you must accept it and push through it.

Thank you for reading this post! Stay tuned for more on The Tweendom Kingdom. If you have any books you would like me to read and review, please let me know on the comments section. Also, feel free to tell me your favorite parts, characters, and what you would rate this. Farewell!

-Katie K

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