Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

"Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Just in what they say.
Just in what they are."

"Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of."

Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old cabdriver with little ambition who spends his time playing cards, drinking coffee with his dog, and being madly in love with his best friend Audrey.  His life is uneventful until he stops a bank robbery.  Shortly after, he starts receiving playing cards in the mail that direct him to deliver messages to people in his town that he has never meet before.  As Ed makes his way through each of the messages, he does small things that make a big difference in the lives of those around him.  He meets a lot of wonderful and interesting people during this time, but is still no closer to figuring out who is sending him the messages.  With each message, Ed also learns a lot about himself and beings to make changes in his own life as well.

Markus Zusak’s novel The Book Thief remains one of my favorite young adults novels so I was excited to read this book as well!  It was very different, but I enjoyed I Am the Messenger.  I thought that the characters were very realistic and liked the series but comical writing style.  I felt that the storyline was a bit of a cliché, but I appreciated the unique way that the author developed the plot by introducing various characters that were chosen to receive Ed’s messages.  Each person that Ed helped not only got a message from him, but gave an important message to the reader as well.  The story was very complex and moved along fairly quickly.  

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