The Giver

The Giver book cover

The Giver
By Lois Lowry

Jonas lives in the perfect society with all aspects of life directed and decided for him by leaders of the community. The new job that has been decided for him will open a vault of secrets, and force Jonas to ask questions he's never considered. What's the price of a society free of crime, disease, suffering and financial equality? Will the cost be more than Jonas is willing to pay?


Dystopian, Philosophical-Issues, Mystery, Applicable Societal Issues

Why this is a Good Book For Teenage Girls

The Giver is a good book for teenage girls because it's one of the great dystopian novels, bringing up serious societal issues. "Be careful what you wish for" is an underlying message craftily delivered in this book. Jonas lives in the perfect society, perfect until he's offered a position that reveals all of society's deep dark secrets. Discovering the price of the ideal society and how Jonas will handle the new knowledge makes this book a page turner for any teen who likes dystopian, suspenseful moments and challenging issues.

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Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world.

When Jonas turns 12 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. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does Jonas begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.