The Giver by Lois Lowry – Book 10

I read a lot of Lois Lowry as I was growing up, but I somehow must have missed reading “The Giver.”  My newest cousin-in-law, Jennie, recommended that I read “The Giver,” and when I realized I hadn’t already read the book, it shot up to the top of my list.


“The Giver” was a fabulous read about a seemingly utopian society where the people in the society are spared from any discomfort, such as hunger, war, even pain from a scraped knee.

Each year, as children are groomed to perfection, the Ceremony concludes with the Twelves receiving their assignments, which are similar to careers they will have for the rest of their adult lives.  Jonas is unsure of what assignment he will be given, and the entire community is shocked to find out that Jonas has a special task, with the Giver.  The last Twelve to be assigned to the Giver had a disastrous outcome.  

Will Jonas be able to survive his assignment with the Giver?

“The Giver” reminds me, in a way, of the movie “Pleasantville,” where the townspeople lived in a perfect society, but also a society that lacked uniqueness, real love, and color.  While “The Giver” has some darker undertones, it seems that the movie may have had some inspiration from the book.

“The Giver” was a quick read, a Newbery Award Winner, and a book to add to your Must-Read list, if you haven’t already read it!

If you lived in a utopian society, such as in the beginning of “The Giver” and “Pleasantville,” what memories would you be able to live without?

What memories would you be devastated to lose, or to never experience?


20 thoughts on “The Giver by Lois Lowry – Book 10

  1. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I loved your review and couldn’t agree more. Everyone should read this book! I’ll be sure to check out the movie you talk about. Memories I couldn’t go without? Love, and probably pain. How can you protect yourself from future pain if you have no memory of the thing in the first place 🙂


    • Pleasantville is from 1998, so it might be hard to find, but it’s one that the cable stations (TNT, TBS, USA) play often so you might find it on one day. Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon are in it.

      I love you idea on not wanting to miss out on pain. At first glance, it sounds crazy because pain is what we want to avoid. But you’re correct in more than one way. Not only does pain prevent you from future pain, but it also gives you an idea of what feeling great really means, being thankful for not being in pain!

      It’s a hard question to answer, though, because you wouldn’t be who you were without all of your memories and past knowledge, good or bad.

      Thank you for responding to my post, too!



  2. “The Giver” was one of my favorite books growing up! Lois Lowry is so fantastic; I love that she can make children think about such concepts as the necessity of pain along with pleasure for a full life. I read this book for my English class in 7th grade (although I think I had read it on my own before then) and remember being completely fascinated by the ideas she laid out.


    • Leah,

      I completely agree! I’ve read other Lois Lowry, like Number the Stars and her Anastasia series, when I was younger. She really does have a way of reaching young adults in order to give them an understanding of complex ideas, like the Holocaust, and as you mentioned, a necessity of pain. She’s a fabulous author.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!



  3. Browsing your reviews and just wanted to agree that this is a great one. It’s a quick, but surprisingly meaningful read. It’s the book I compare Hunger Games to, and which far surpasses it, in my opinion.

    I read it for a book club and almost got into some fisticuffs with a friend about just what the fate of the protagonist at the end is. And what it would mean either way.


      • Neal,

        Thanks for re-linking to your blog! I like how easy it is to link so that everyone can discover new information and blogs!

        I hadn’t thought of the similarities to the Hunger Games, but now that you mention it, I understand where you’re coming from. Both are dystopian novels all about control. I actually read another dystopian young adult series that my fifth grade students had recommended called “City of Ember,” which had major similarities to “The Giver.” But of course, “The Giver” is the classic.

        I also realized that “The Giver” is a trilogy, but I’m anxious about reading the other two books. While I’d love to know what will happen in the end, I’m also apprehensive because sometimes the not knowing is just as good as the knowing!

        Thanks for reading!



  4. I loved loved this book! A teacher suggested it to me when I was in college and I used it in my Children’s Literature class. I love the idea that making everyone the same means we have to loose all the color in our lives. A great message for a world just a little too politically correct. Being different is just another part of the beauty of the world. This is a must read! Thanks for sharing!


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