Title: I Am the Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Paperback: 357 pages
Summary (from goodreads):
Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, 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?
Wow. This book was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I loved everything about it. I loved Ed. He was such a flawed, scared guy not doing anything and watching him transform was amazing. He got courage and purpose and strength. He saw more in the world around him and became a better man. He was more aware and more interested in people. He was the perfect character for the message to be a part of.
I loved how the plot progressed. He started helping out complete strangers, but then saw that people he was closer to needed help also. He didn’t realize so much about the people around him because he did not bother to ask, did not bother to care. Once he feels like he needs to as a mission, he changes lives and the journey he goes on in amazing to read and witness.
I have heard there are mixed feelings about the ending, especially with who gave him those playing cards with the missions. I won’t give it away, but I loved it. I thought it was brilliant writing and story telling. It really said something about the process and what authors can do.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that it made me feel like shit. I don’t do much to help other people even though I could do the small things he does in the book. There are people in my community who needs something, people at work, even my friends, but I don’t know where to start. He gave a family hope by giving them new Christmas lights. I wish I knew what I could do because if we all made what Ed did our mission, the world would be a whole lot better. I am going to start with something simple – I am going through all my clothes and giving two bags to a local charity.
I want someone else to be able to read this book, so I am giving it away to one lucky reader. This contest will go until October 30th.
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