One good book I read this summer was The Giver, by Lois Lowry. It tells the story of a twelve year-old boy growing up in a sort of utopia, and how he is able to change the lifestyle of his community for the better. I enjoyed reading this book because it reminded me of how easy it is to settle and become accustomed to a certain lifestyle, when there is so much more out there that I can do. The book is a reminder to step out of my comfort zone once in a while, even though it might be against the judgment of others.
This book also reinforces the common saying that one can never be too young to make a difference. The main character is only twelve when he accomplishes all kinds of things, reminding readers that determination is really all we need to move forward. I really recommend this book to anyone who has not read it, and it also has a movie. Read the book before you watch the movie, though, because as always, the movie alters certain aspects of the book and adds scenes that were not in the book. In my opinion, books are always better than movies anyway. But the movie is amazing as well; I even watched it for the second time once I had finished reading the book. Also, check out more books by Lois Lowry! She is definitely a cure for boredom.