Snagged @ The Library Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Posted September 3, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Reviews, Snagged @ The Library / 21 Comments

Snagged @ The Library Review: The Giver by Lois LowrySource: Library Borrowed

Format: Paperback

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Date Read: March 2014

Genre: Dystopian, YA

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

More Information:
Publisher: Ember
Series: The Giver #1

Snagged at the Library Review


JUST A NOTE:Β These are books that I have Snagged @ The LibraryΒ . Some of the reviews will be long and others will just be quick thoughts on the story.

Read for Fun (Library)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50

First Thought when Finished: The Giver by Lois Lowry was just as good as I remember the second time around!

Read It File It Thoughts: This is one of those books that I haven’t read in a very long time but since the movie was coming, I decided to give it a second read. I am so glad that I did! I had forgotten just how deep this little book was (really it isn’t a very long read at all). It has all the elements: emotion, conflict, and growth. The only downside to me is the ending. I had forgotten just how open-ended it really was though it was perfect for the story.

Final Thoughts: This is a book that I would recommend to anyone!


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Overall Rating
4.5 / 5
Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
4.5 / 5
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21 responses to “Snagged @ The Library Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

  1. A lot times I read (listen) the books after I watch the movie if I find it interesting enough, I have no plans for going to see it, but I think I’ll make some now.
    Thanks Felicia.

  2. Hm. Not sure about this one Felicia! Open endings are always a struggle for me, so I feel like that might be a bit of an issue, but I can’t help but be curious. We didn’t have to read this one in school, and since I didn’t read anything that wasn’t required prior to starting the blog, I never got my hands on this one. So glad it was as good the second time around for you as it was the first!

  3. I was very fortunate to stumble across Lois Lowry signing this book at BEA! I haven’t read it yet, but now that you said it’s a short read and has a lot of depth, I will put it on the top of my list.

  4. I read this book many years ago in college and then listened to the audiobook a few years ago (along with the other books in that series, which I didn’t even know was a series). Like you, I was not a fan of the ending. That was the most unbelievable part of the movie. I won’t go into details, so as not to spoil for anyone.

    I just saw the movie tonight. I don’t remember everything about the book, but the movie follows pretty close. Jonas is older in the movie than in the book (movie I think he was 16 and the book I think he was 12). With the age difference, they were able to play up the romance between Jonas and Fiona. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep do a great job. Katie Holmes part isn’t very large, so I wouldn’t say she wasn’t good, just didn’t have a great part to show off her skills.

  5. I just put a hold at the library for The Giver. I saw the movie last week and made me want to reread it. The film was better than I expected, but I hadn’t read The Giver in so long that I couldn’t remember how much Hollywood stayed true to Lowry’s novel.

    The open-ended conclusion is by far my favorite part of the whole book. I remember reading it in 5th grade and the class had a big discussion about whether Jonas lived or died — very thought provoking for a ten year old.

    Great review Felicia!

  6. I’ve been thinking about reading The Giver since the movie just came out. Good idea to grab it from the library! Glad to hear it was as good as you remembered.