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Debbie's Book Review

The Giver by Lois Lowry

When I think about Young Adult literature my mind goes to GIVER the books that formed me as a reader, the books that formed me as a thinker. One book that always comes to mind is The Giver by Lois Lowry. (In fact, I also asked some friends and family for suggestions and The Giver was one of their top recommendations!)

The Giver is the story of an 11 year old boy living in a futuristic society, a utopia where everything seems perfect. Details about this society slowly start to emerge through stories and experiences with his family, friends and community. I love this book for many reasons. One reason is that it centers on a boy who is anxious about a major life experience, the Ceremony of Twelve, where he will be given his "assignment" by the community elders. This theme is one that I relate to even now- the fear of change and questions about the unknown (like starting a new job!) It also touches upon the idea that we think we know a lot more than we actually know and that worry is not always helpful!).

I also love this book because it makes us understand the value of memories (even when they're not positive) and human connection. I feel like we often push away or run from negative experiences, but those experiences can be the very ones that form us into who we need to be! And we are not always in control!

Debbie Lennon


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