Book Blogger Hop: June 30th - July 6th


Name a book that changed your life. - Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte
I first came to The Giver in the 4th grade. I remember being in the school library and it just calling to me. I avoided it at first (old man on the cover, male protagonist), but eventually it was too much. I had to read this book. And then, well, the magic that is The Giver happened.

No illness of any kind. No hurting. No anger. No sadness. As a kid, that idea of some sort of utopia where everyone is happy and healthy all the time is very appealing. Then Lowry pulls the rug. It was mind-blowing for my 9 year old self.

Granted, there are certain... weirdnesses that, as an adult, don't add up, but I was 9 and didn't notice such things. I still reread this one and it still holds a lot of the same power for me.
Please note: I have read the second and third books of this "quartet" and I have very strong, negative feelings about them. I'm not going to go into that here. I just don't want any well-meaning recommendations for them.


Comments

  1. I read The Giver many years ago, and wish I could say I remember it. I do remember The Island of the Blue Dolphin made quite an impression on me when I was about that age though. Talk about a visit to the past. :-)

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

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    1. I LOVE Island of the Blue Dolphins! So much so, that it was part of my daughter's curriculum and we did not have to go out and buy it because I had two copies from when I was a kid.

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  2. An excellent book.

    Thanks for sharing and for the reminder.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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  3. I've somehow never read this book though I've heard of it and probably own at least a copy or two as I know it was required reading for my kids. I can see why this book would be life changing. That first time you hit a mind blowing twist is pretty amazing.

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  4. I don't know this series at all. Sounds intriguing, though.

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  5. For me it would be Outlander. I got me back into reading after 4 years of studying English Lit in college.

    Terri M., the Director
    http://secondrunreviews.com

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