Today I am very pleased to introduce this Throwback Thursdays guest, author Laura Kenyon.
Thank you for stopping by Laura!
The first time I read Lois Lowry’s The Giver, I was probably about twelve years old. And while I enjoyed the story about the colorless, dystopian world that assigned marriages and careers like theatre seats, I only understood a fraction of what I would five years down the road ... and again four years after that.
Assigned to read it once in middle school, once in high school, and once in college, you might think I'd be bored of Lowry's story by now. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, I’ve always reached "the end" amazed that I missed so much in the past. The story seems to be constantly evolving--revealing new connections and emotions and "ah" moments brought out by my own experiences, which are constantly evolving as well. To me, that is the sign of a really phenomenal book.
Yes, it is written in a way that resonates with its young adult audience. It encourages them to ask questions about freedom, love, and how much suffering those two things are worth. But there is so much more going on. There arefar more sophisticated statements about government, euthanasia, morality, what it means to be human, and the extent to which we ignore crimes against humanity for the sake of some "greater good." In grade school, the book was a finger painting. In high school, it was a Monet. Now, it's the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which can be examined for hours and still not fully appreciated.
And yes, I know Hollywood just released a movie version (which looks suspiciously like The Hunger Games, in my humble opinion), but nothing can possibly replace the Newbery Medal winning book. After all, the best thing about The Giver is the way in which it comes together in each reader's unique mind. The film only shows how it came together in one.
Thanks, Kirsty, for letting me talk about this fantasticstory. I highly advise everyone to go buy (or unearth from their old school books) a copy today!
Laura Kenyon is the author of the Desperately Ever After series, which puts a modern spin on our favorite fairy tales and adds a Sex and the City twist.
Connect with her on Twitter (laura_kenyon) and Facebook (laurakenyonwrites), and find out more at laurakenyon.com.