I Am The Messenger

Author: Markus Zusak
Pages: 356

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)This teen gem about an unambitious teenager whose life is suddenly turned upside down by anonymous messages has it all - mystery, humor, romance, friendship.

Meet Ed Kennedy - underage cab driver, pathetic card palyer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack, and he's hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first Ace arrives...That's when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains. Who's behind Ed's mission?

My Summary: Ed is one of those guys you'd never look twice at. He's nineteen, a cab driver, and perpetually in love with his best friend Audrey. All in all, an ordinary guy.

Until he stop a bank robbery and chases the perp out the door with a gun. He gets some time in the limelight before people move on... Then he receives the first card in the mail, with cryptic instructions leading him from one place to the other.

Soon Ed begins following the cards, doing his best for every person. But what happens when the card lead him close to home and force him to consider his own life choices?

My Thoughts: This was my first Markus Zusak book, but it's definitely not gonna be the last. I loved every minute of Ed's narrative, and his observations about everything and everything were spot on. I loved the depth of all of the characters - especially Audrey and Marv. Ed himself was an awesome character. The reader feels themselves stepping into Ed's shoes, become another resident of his tiny house. He goes from boring nobody to - in his own words - somebody. The character growth is evident, and it's not done in a preachy way, which will appeal to teen readers.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys meaningful contemporary literature.

1 comment:

  1. Markus Zusak is on of my very favorite authors but I've been off and on as to whether to read this book or not. Thank you for the review, you've made up my mind! I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!


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