I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
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?
This book drew me in from the first. I love the way Zusak portrays his characters and his setting. Every character is human in a way many authors often neglect. With every card Ed got in the mail, I was curious what it would be, and who it would be for. This book lays out the connections between humans, and why you should care. I found the ending slightly confusing but the rest of the book heartwarming and inspiring. I absolutely loved I am the Messenger, the ideas behind it, and Zusak’s wonderful execution of it.
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