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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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    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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    The Giver

    This is a really good book. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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