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I am an absolute sucker for all things dystopia... and I distinctly remember when I fell in love with that genre. I was sitting in a 7th grade English class and our assistant teacher had decided to read us a story. It had been so long since anyone had read us a book, that there was an undeniable excitement in the air.
She sat down, opened the book and began to read us The Giver by Lois Lowry, and my love for reading was born in that instant. I never realized that something could be both beautiful and dark, terrifying and comforting. It was in that moment that I realized that children aren't safe just by virtue of being children and that we take for granted the beauty that surrounds us in everyday life. Colors are a gift and memories of the most mundane activities will eventually be what form us as people.
In the end, Jonas' story is an empowering call to action. As a 13 year old girl sitting in a classroom, I realized that things don't have to be as they've always been. That we all have control over the course of our own lives and the choices we make will impact the world in a multitude of ways.
I have yet to read the rest of Lowry's series. This book has become such an important part of my own story, that I'm nervous to have my most important memories of it altered. And to me, that is a sign of a great story... when it becomes a vital part of the reader and she is protective of that connection.
Many thanks to
Bear Allen from 'Black, White, and Read Books'
Bear is currently reading all of the books referenced in all 7 seasons of Gilmore girls. And documenting the journey on her blog.