The Giver by Lois Lowry wasn’t what I expected, honestly. I was expecting something like The Odyssey – a good story, sure, but not really relevant to real life, and hard to understand without a handy translation. Instead, I got an awesome story that makes you think about what really matters in life – all through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. The characters are well-developed, and the writing is descriptive enough that you can easily see what’s going on, but not too detailed – that would take away from the aura of mystery and tension. It’s balanced very nicely. So, all in all, an excellent read for middle-schoolers on up.