“Sometimes books come into your life that you don’t just enjoy. They don’t flit before you and then disappear again. The Giver is a book that changed what I wanted from fiction. It changed my outlook on life. It changed me. It seeded a love of dystopia and imperfection and melancholy in my heart. It stole my breath when I realized that the characters of this book had been robbed of color. Their lives had been sterilized. Passion had died. And Jonah fought to win it back.
Books like this are why I write. They’re why I demand so much of the books I love. This is everything I want to create someday. I’m not there yet, but… maybe one day.”
I felt the same way about The Giver when I first read it. When I started, I thought “Wow, this community is so great. Everyone has a place and everyone shares things.” Then, as the truth is slowly revealed, I felt that I had moved into another level of reading and understanding. Even though I’d read fantastic books before that, The Giver was the first book that really made me think about what it meant to live in a world with pain and joy and beauty and suffering. It’s the first book that made me consider what it means to be human.
This is what books can do–particular books for young readers. This is why we need books as stunning asThe Giver.
What books have touched you or changed your life?