The Giver by Lois Lowry - a novel I should have read in middle school, but sadly, never actually read it because I was too distracted at that age to actually read a book.
So when I finally got around to reading it this weekend, I couldn't put it down. I've read a lot of YA dystopian novels recently, but this one was very different from all the others I've read, and much more powerful. It left me debating with myself the meaning of certain elements in the book, particularly the color red and an apple.
I could sit here and debate with myself (or you) for hours on the significance of these two things as well as the ending (salvation or death?) but I don't want to be spoilery for anyone who hasn't read it yet. This is a classic YA novel that absolutely needs to be on the shelf of every YA lover out there, or anyone in general for that matter.
As for the photo, I knew I wanted to portray the red apple amongst "sameness" so finding a nicely textured background was the important part for me. Luckily, the tree outside my bedroom window has finally bloomed and its white flowers gave a nice lightness to the background that the apple could be held in front of.
I think if I were to redo this photo I would try to get an image of Jonas or The Giver in there, but since I don't personally know anyone who could fit those roles, I went with something simpler and easier to accomplish.
What other "classic" YA novels would you like to see me interpret?