I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak ... a Book Review

I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak ... a Book Review
       I AM THE MESSENGER (or THE MESSENGER in Australia) tells the story of Ed Kennedy, nineteen-year-old taxi cab driver and all-around average guy. In fact, he's the epitome of average -- faithful friends, stinky dog, dead-end job, and girl who loves someone else.
       That's why it's such a big deal for Ed, Marv, and Ritchie to get trapped in a bank during a stickup. One of the thieves gets spooked, drops his gun, and somehow Ed ends up with the weapon and the town's praise. That might be a winning hand for Ed if he doesn't receive the first mysterious playing card, the Ace of Diamonds in his mailbox. It's a card with a message for him to deliver. Or else.
       Messages like Ed's will change a person, if he or she lets them. That's the beauty of Zusak's story. Ed discovers the changing power in simple, personalized messages of love, even if they're ones he's forced to deliver. While I could imagine a cynical reader calling Ed's 12 messages a tad forced, I would differ with them on every case. Ed's stories are simple proof that if a "guy like him can stand up and do what he did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of."
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3 comments:

  1. This is one of my students' faves. Can't keep my copies on the shelves!

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  2. Awesome! It's funny because my students wouldn't really check it out until after I did a book review on it. And the ones who loved it never really spread it by word of mouth. It was a weird one among my recommendations because everyone who read it loved it, but then they hardly ever passed it on.

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