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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak & Giveaway!

Posted by Caitie F on October 20, 2010

Title: I Am the Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Knopf
Paperback: 357 pages
ISBN: 978037583667
Rating: +++++

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.

To enter
+1 for a comment with what you can do to help others around you.
+1 for following
+1 for tweeting/facebooking/linking to contest

Please put all of your entries in one comment and good luck!


9 Responses to “I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak & Giveaway!”

  1. I think we all need to be reminded that we can help other people – sometimes all it takes is a smile or a kind word.

  2. Sarah E said

    I would love to read I am the Messenger! Please enter me in this giveaway!

    +1 We can help others around us by being good neighbors, good friends, and good community members. I donate all unwanted household items to Good Will, a local charity, rather than throwing them away.

    +1 I follow via Google Reader.

    +1 Tweeted:

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  4. Scoot said

    We can help others around us by offering our assistance when needed. If we have extra give it away. Support the community and help those less fortunate than you are.


  5. Melissa N said

    +1 It’s nothing major, but hold doors open for people, tell people to have a good day, be polite. Every little thing can help brighten someone’s day.

    +1 I follow with Google Reader 🙂

  6. I think you can assist others by simply listening. Often times friends and family don’t come right out and say something is upsetting them. Having a listening ear, an open mind, and a caring heart is all people need sometimes.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jen @ I Read Banned Books

  7. Amanda P said

    Excellent review – I am so excited about this book!

    + 1: What do I do to help people? I suppose the most specific thing I do, is listen – I try and read the signs that someone needs to talk or get something off their chest and then I sit and allow it to happen. I am not sure if it’s anything “big” – but I know I like it when someone is there to listen to me, so turnaround. 🙂

    +1: New Follower! 😀

    = 2! Thanks!

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