This is the second week of my August guest post competition and Alyssa from Writinganyone is guest posting! Thanks so much for writing this fantastic review of The Giver by Lois Lowry, Alyssa! Enjoy!
Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself. I’m Amelia Jessica Pond from Leadworth, Doctor Who… joke :). Actually, I’m Alyssa from the US. I’m the 13 year old writer from Writinganyone and today I’m gonna review… *drumroll* … The Giver!
Jonas is an Eleven. His life is filled with Sameness. Everything is the same; no color, no weather, there’s not even feelings. Every December all the Elevens become Twelves. Along with that, they get their job assignment and are no longer considered children. When Jonas is told he’ll be the next Receiver and will be trained by the old Receiver, The Giver, he’s shown marvelous and awful things. He desperately wants to share it with everyone, but will he be able to?
I loved this book. From the moment I picked it up, ’til I last put it down, I couldn’t stop reading chapter after chapter. I loved every one of Lowry’s characters, each with their own personality. My favorites were the main characters: Gabe, the sweet, curious toddler; Jonas, the brave protagonist; and finally The Giver, a caring old man with a long, sad past.
My favorite part in the whole book was the final chapter, not because I wanted it to end, but because it was such an intriguing and masterfully written ending. I was sad and happy at the same time, which doesn’t usually happen to me during book endings. Lowry purposefully had the ending so you had to think and choose what you believe happened, which I loved.
It also was very interesting, and sad, how Lowry came up with the idea of a community so controlled that there was no color, no snow, not even love (but there was no sunburn which is a plus 🙂 ).
And with every book’s pros, there’s at least one con. This one was that in the beginning it took me a while to understand some stuff, including that everything was colorless. So it was a little low on explaining in that area, but other than that, that’s it.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend that as soon as you’re done reading this review, you read the book immediately, or put a request on it at the library. This is a book that can be read by all ages (it is a kid’s book), except little ones might not understand it. Read this, and I hope you enjoy it!
Alyssa Star rating: ***** (5 stars)
Thanks Simi for having me!
Thanks Alyssa! This was a very detailed and interesting review and I loved it! I definitely agree that some books can be complicating! Please go and check out Alyssa’s blog (link above) and buy the book! Maybe you could leave a comment below telling me your thoughts on it!