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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Giver by Lois Lowry: Mini Review and Contest

The Giver
by Lois Lowry
Random House
ISBN: 978-0-440-23768-6
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, 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 to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

 Mini Book Review: I am at a  loss for words to express the brilliance of this work of literary art. Such a simple yet complex story that you could spend hours discussing.  The story has stayed with me all day and I cannot wait to talk with my book pals about it. Also have a feeling Chapters Shawnessy will have a spike in sales on this one as I will be expressing to customers my mad love for this.  Reminded me a little of Brave New World and Logans Run with the same vibe of a supposed Utopian society that seems idealistic with no prejudice or violence yet a world so horrifying to me as there is no passion, love or freedom of choice (And don't get me started about a world where people have limited access to books). Jonas is such a unique and richly developed character that you come to love and feel for.  The world Lowry has created is fascinating and you can see how it could develop. Perfection in 179 pages.  My 11 yr old and I are just finishing up The Boy with the Striped Pajama's and this will be our next read out loud book. I cannot wait to hear what he thinks.  Oh yeah now have the song Freewill by Rush stuck in my head -- read the book you will understand.  Ok peeps if you haven't read this book yet, get thee to a book store immediately and pick up a copy (or a Library if funds or shelf space is an issue) I know this review is kinda rambling but I don't want to give away anything, I truly want you to experience this book as I did.  FYI I am kicking myself right now that I met Lois at BEA last year and knew nothing of this spectacular book.  Lois I want to go back in time and thank you for writing this lovely book.  Guess I will be picking up my copy of Son tomorrow -- sorry kids mommy might be busy tomorrow.

5+ Dewey's 

I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy and did not have to review it, I just loved it so much I had to tell you all about it


Prize: Paperback copy of The Giver
Ends: March 26th
All you have to do is make a comment -- try to be a little creative - I am a mom and I need something more than thanks for hosting and your name


  1. Before you read Son, definitely read Gathering Blue and Messenger! Though they don't particularly deal with Jonas directly, they lead up to events in Son.
    I'm so glad you finally took the plunge to read this book and loved it! It honestly changed my whole view on teen lit and dystopian lit. Lois Lowry has written some powerful stuff!
    (ps. not entering, just commenting =D)

    1. Have taken your advice, I picked up a copy of Gathering Blue and have ordered Messenger - thanks for the heads up. lOl no worries won't enter you but looking forward to seeing you at BEA

  2. The Giver has been on my "someday I will read this book" list for some time now. Your review is certainly positive, making me want to read it that much sooner! I hope you will be reviewing The Boy in the Striped Pajamas too!

    Shirley (My Bookshelf)

    1. definitely will be reviewing The Boy in the striped Pajamas - think there are 3 more chapters to go. We usually only read a chapter a night (work some nights so it doesn't happen then) and than talk a little about it. Highly recommend it
      Good luck in the contest!!

  3. Somehow I missed this book growing up. Maybe at 13 I felt like I was too cool for a "kid's" book? I don't know. But I'm noticing it's popularity with all sorts of bloggers I respect - and your comparison to Brave New World seals the deal. Absolutely loved BNW. This would be a perfect read for me this year, as I'm trying to focus on female authors, classics (I think we can go ahead a call this a classic?) and new genres (like YA).

    1. Definitely a classic - made a space for it on my bookshelf (running out of room only the very best make the shelf) I definitely think you will enjoy it, Good luck in contest!!!

  4. LOVE The Giver! It's been so long since I've read it, though, that it might be time for a reread. It's definitely pretty dark for a kids book!

    1. Thanks Kristilyn - still amazed I had never heard of it before - good luck