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message 1: by Kolleen (new)

Kolleen I truly agree with your entire review! I have no idea why children are reading this in school (I was once of them who had to read this in middle school, and didn't understand it at all!). Further, it ultimately is a depressing book and I agree that it is something that parents should decide whether or not thier children should read first. I can't say that I wouldn't have been disturbed if I had actually understood the concept of this book in childhood. I would certainly classify this as an adult book.


Rain (Notebook) I agree completely. I was a bit creeped out by this book yet I am still drawn to it. In fact I just ran across it and it was a blast from the past. Its been about 10 years since I've read it but now have the desire to read it again. Never have I thought I would find a creepy book is worth reading again.


message 3: by Luis (new)

Luis Vazquez What she says is completely true because of the shocking things that happen such as the act of releasing. This is a concept that younger children may not even comprehend the concept that is presented to them. To me alone it was disturbing enough to read in school. The book was good but I do not recommended it to younger children.


message 4: by Jenna (new)

Jenna I read this book in 7th grade and I felt I understood it just fine. My teacher helped guide us but I felt I understood the main points. If I were to read it now that I am older I think I would pick up more on the little things and have a new outlook on the on the novel but I don't think it is not a children's book.


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Gremore good thoughts, I agree.


message 6: by Devon (new)

Devon Herron Completely agree. It's going to take me a while to process what I just read. I have overwhelming pain in my heart at the moment, but my eyes are open so much wider then yesterday. I am 31 and I would not have been emotionally ready to read this as a child, it's still tough at 31.


message 7: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia If I'd read this in this in sixth grade, I'm not sure I'd have understood it. It could be that I was naive as a child. But, one thing that I don't see mentioned much in the reviews is that Jonas lived in a sexless/asexual community - which was weird. I wondered how the birth mothers became pregnant? I'm assuming they were artificially inseminated? The female children had their hair cut short at a certain age - giving them a kinda "sameness" as the men. Also, the men kinda reminded me of women, a little bit. Jonas's dad, the way he nurtured and cared for newborns, he just reminded me of a woman a little bit. Also, the Stirrings. Taking a pill to kill sexual desire? So, you're matched with someone as husband and wife, but, I'm assuming there is no sex involved? All children are adopted from birth mothers...I don't know how I'd fathom this as a middle schooler - but perhaps, my young mind doesn't grasp things as quickly as other MS kids..


message 8: by Travis (new)

Travis Best book ever!!!


message 9: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia Travis wrote: "Best book ever!!!"

Travis, what were your favorite scenes in the book?


message 10: by Gina (new)

Gina I read I am the cheese and found it confusing never had to read this one, is it worth the time now?


message 11: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Mccoy Y'all have to read the other 3 books! He's grown up in the last book!! It's kind of cool because new characters and introduced and they all come together in book 3.


Kai Flint Campbell I loved the book but hate the ending!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 13: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia Kai Flint Campbell wrote: "I loved the book but hate the ending!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I agree, Kai! Have you seen the movie? I guess we need to read the other books to see what happens in the rest of the series!


message 14: by Cora (new)

Cora I read this last year. I wasn't even in middle school, but I understood. This isn't a nice, happy read. The ending left me like...woah. After everything this just comes out of the blue...
It was an okay book...
It's just not something I'd go crazy about. If you are going to tell me that I just don't understand, know that when you think, and think harder you can figure out anything.


message 15: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia Cora wrote: "I read this last year. I wasn't even in middle school, but I understood. This isn't a nice, happy read. The ending left me like...woah. After everything this just comes out of the blue...
It was a..."

Cora, who said you didn't understand??? When I said that comment, I was just saying if I were in a sixth grader, I would not have understood, but perhaps I was naive as a child?

I was not sure if your comment was directed at me, or someone else? Just wanted to clear things up if your comment was directed at me.


message 16: by Cora (new)

Cora Cecilia- It wasn't directed at you. It was just like hmmph... I need to get this out of my brain.


message 17: by Cora (new)

Cora Cecilia- It wasn't directed at you. It was just like hmmph... I need to get this out of my brain.


message 18: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia Cora wrote: "Cecilia- It wasn't directed at you. It was just like hmmph... I need to get this out of my brain."

Oh. Ok. thanks for letting me know!


message 19: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Actually it is required in my town to read for 7th-going-into-8th graders and I'm only 3 chapters in but I love it already


message 20: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I have no need to write a review because all of what I needed to say you already have.


message 21: by Matilda (new)

Matilda The first time I read this book it was two years ago I was in 6th grade and it was read aloud to my class by our teacher. I loved it I understood everything to a very high degree and was fascinated by the story. However some of my friends had a hard time with the story, and requested to leave the classroom when it was being read. Their request was granted. Having just read the book again, I realize that I was ready to read/hear the book read to me when I did. I understood the story and all the parts of it. I do not think this book is not to be classified as a children's book, but I think no one should be forced to read this book. Or at least if they are reading this in a class they should be given another option if they can't Handel it.


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