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    The Giver

    This wonderfully truthful book was written by Lois Lowry. With every character’s pain your heart aches for them and every mistake you wish to fix. Jonas is a careful, kind boy with pale eyes. His mother is a Judge and always takes the logical side but his father is a Nurturer and he was always the softer and more convincing person. Silly and playful seven year old Lily is Jonas’s younger sister. Jonas was watched as a child and now, at his Ceremony of Twelve, he is selected to be the Receiver. “Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory,” the words echoed through the community. Jonas and his friends start growing apart because, in this community, Sameness is what everyone is focused on. It is considered rude to talk about your differences. Even when you have the Ceremony of Twelve you are singled out to be with people who are the same as you, but Jonas is completely alone to be the Receiver, no one who is the same. Asher and Fiona were Jonas’s friends. Asher is a very immature and careless eleven years old but when he is assigned to be the Recreational Director, he grows up a little. Fiona is kind and gentle and likes to spend her volunteer hours at the House of Old, so her assignment there was very predictable. Jonas and his friends grew apart because they had absolutely nothing in common. Jonas knew about things that nobody else did and that tore him apart from everybody else. Jonas got upset when Asher was playing war games because nobody knew how horrible war was and Asher got annoyed at Jonas for trying to tell him. Fiona got tired of hinting at Jonas to tell about his job and just stopped trying. Gabe is an Uncertain newchild with pale eyes like Jonas who comes to live with their family unit. Jonas is so wrapped up in his own issues that he does not notice that Gabriel is having trouble sleeping. As an Uncertain newchild, Gabe has been granted another year to learn how to sleep properly. If in that year, Gabriel is not able to sleep soundly without disturbing his family unit, then Gabe will be released. Jonas, finally aware of what release is, gets upset that nobody cares that they are being killed. But they do not know what murder is and believe that they are just doing what is best for the community. Sameness is encouraged in the community but nothing is really felt. Even a family unit has no love for each other. Nobody actually lives with their child and nobody picks who they want to spend their life with. They say that sameness ensures no conflict. Yet at the hand of their own people, they are killing a newchild just because he has a twin. I am usually mad at this community because while Sameness does create a peaceful community with no conflict, nobody feels love or pain. Nobody chooses their happiness. It gets handed to them based on personality. Jonas gets selected to be the Receiver of Memory and during his training with the Giver, who transports the memories to him, he gives Jonas memories of war. Jonas gives up a little. He insists to himself that he does not want it; he does not want the honor. However Jonas goes back every day and learns how the community does things right but he also learns how much they have taken away. Jonas feels Love for the Giver, a feeling he had never experienced before. The pale eyes they have in common is a sign for their connection. The Giver truly cares about Jonas and does not enjoy giving painful memories to Jonas. It makes me sad that Jonas finds it hard to understand how much their lives were starved from emotions. It makes me want to desperately help him imagine our independence where we pick our own jobs, our own lovers, and ultimately our own lives. I want Jonas to know that conflict makes our lives stronger. I want him to know that differences should be welcomed, and that solving conflict will not weaken you. This book made me feel really emotional because Jonas was really strong and wanted to help the community even when everybody else gave up. This book will make you feel so many emotions which is funny because strong emotions are forbidden in their community. I recommend this book to everybody because you will love this heartfelt, impactful book at any age from ten and up this book will make you ache from your head to your toes but this book will also fill you with bliss, and delight.
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    Excellent book, I loved it

    In the beginning, we meet a character named Jonas, he has pale eyes, and to me he seems to be a very responsible 11-year-old boy. He is very proper and usually organized. In the beginning, it struck me he saw many unusual things that lots of other community members didn’t see. I liked him because he was very interesting and he always knew what he was doing. His friends name is Asher. Asher is often clumsy and makes lots of mistakes. I got the feeling that Asher was less responsible and often made mistakes and jokes. This story takes place in a community full of Sameness. People who live here don’t have feelings and can’t see Color. This community is controlled and nobody is allowed to have feelings, at some point they start feeling things but they all get controlled, the children have to take pills to stop their feelings and emotions from growing. They also use really interesting vocabulary that is controlled too. As the story’s plot unrolls we meet Jonas’s parents who are not his actual parents because in this community there are birth mothers who have to have 3 children and no more. These children have their families chosen for them. I liked Jonas’s father because he wasn’t as straightforward about things as Jonas’s mother. I didn’t like his mother because I found her too strict and proper all the time. she never broke the rules and always corrected Jonas. At first, it is confusing but we meet a baby named Gabriel, a regular baby who just isn’t adjusting to the environment and need special assistance, if he doesn’t manage to learn he would have to be released. Jonas’s dad decided to take care of the baby and bring him home. I was really surprised because it was very rare for parents do such things in the community. I felt happy for Gabriel because I saw a slight connection between Gabriel and Jonas from the start because the first thing Jonas saw was: Gabriel’s pale eyes just like his own. We are with Jonas when he goes to the ceremony of 12 where all the 12s get assigned their jobs for life. I found it rather peculiar that they get their jobs assigned for them at the age of 12. I was very surprised and scared when the Chief Elder skipped his name, but it turned out he was given the job of being the new receiver of memory. When I heard it, I was really excited because I always got the feeling that he was different from all the others and that he had a special gift and ability to See Beyond. The day after the ceremony, Jonas meets the Giver. The first thing we are told is that the Giver also has pale eyes like him and that really got me thinking if it was a hidden message of some kind. The Giver has a very interesting character. He is really calm and dedicated. I could see that he had been through a lot of painful memories. He was my favorite character because of his calm personality and the way he always analyzed everything. In Jonas’s first session with the Giver, the Giver makes him lie down on his stomach and tells him to close his eyes. Then he puts his hand on Jonas’s back and starts passing a memory. He suddenly appears in a snowy mountain and sees a sled, at first he doesn’t know what it is but soon he sits down on it and starts going down the mountain. The cool wind brushes against his face and he is enjoying himself. That was my favorite memory because I also love winter so I could relate to him. I felt the same joy as he did when I sat on a sled for the first time. Soon Jonas starts getting feelings for Fiona another 12 who has red hair and is really nice. When he tells his parents about it, they tell him to start taking the pills that will stop his feelings for Fiona. I was really frustrated after that event because it’s human nature to have feelings, and the fact that this community stops it with pills really made me angry. One day, Jonas asked the Giver if there are any painful memories the giver knows suffering from. The Giver knows a lot of painful memories but decides not to tell him just now because he might not be strong enough but Jonas insists and the Giver has no choice but to give them to Jonas. Jonas was very brave but I felt like he wouldn’t be able to take the pressure and pain. The Giver Jonas a memory of war and Jonas got too shocked and frightened to stay after seeing the memory. I think I would have reacted in the same way if I had suddenly been told about such a painful memory and seen people play it as a game. I don’t want to give away the ending but I’ll tell you that I felt really sad in the end and I just put down the book. I wish Lois Lowry had made the ending a little more, but then again I can understand that: she wanted the reader to predict the ending instead of her personal feelings getting mixed on the ending. I really liked this book and it made me think of how lucky we are that we get to make our own choices but this book also got me thinking. I expected this book to be very childish but it is a book for adults and children.
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    Wow

    I haven't read this book in years and I remember why I loved it back then and I still love it now, it's a very powerful book and I found myself always wondering and questioning
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    My review on The Giver

    I absolutley loved this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes cliffhangers, mystery, or that feeling you have when you just really love a book.
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    Book club choice!

    I really liked this book even though it's a young adult book. The concept was strange but interesting and left me wanting more. Unfortunately, it ended.
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