The Giver

By Lois Lowry

Review by SA.

Jonas lives in a seemingly peaceful world where there are no problems and everything falls into place perfectly. When he begins to spend time with The Giver, an old man who is the keeper of the community's memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community's secret past. As Jonas learns the secrets to the community, he then realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves -- a task none of the givers have accomplished successfully. 
I really enjoyed reading this book. If I had to rate and recommend this book, I would give it a 6 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 7th and 8th graders. The reason I would recommend this book to this age group is so they can learn what a utopian life would look like. 
My favorite part of this book was the ceremony Jonas attended when he turned 12. The reason this is my favorite part is because Jonas finds out what job he gets and the book gets really interesting.
I think the hidden message in The Giver was that there is never a perfect community or life out there. There will always be defects and upsets in the way people live.