I Am the Messenger

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  • Paperback
  • 360 pages
  • I Am the Messenger
  • Markus Zusak
  • English
  • 01 June 2019
  • 0375836675

About the Author: Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which is translated intothan forty languages First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spentthan a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there to this day.His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry al Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which is translated intothan forty languages First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spentthan a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there to this day.His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry also known as Getting the Girl, released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards and honours in his native Australia and the USA The Messenger or I am the Messenger , published in 2002, won the 2003 Australian Children s Book Council Book of the Year Award Older Readers and the 2003 NSW Premier s Literary Award Ethel Turner Prize , as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America It also won numerous national readers choice awards across Europe, including, in 2007, the highly regarded Deutscher Jugendliteratur Jugendjury prize in Germany, which he won again for The Book Thief in 2010.It is The Book Thief , however, that has established Markus Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia To date, The Book Thief has held the number one position at .com, .co.uk, the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in countries across South America, Europe and Asia It has also been in the top five bestsellers in the UK and several other territories It has amassed many and varied awards, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers It was the only book to feature on both the USA and UK World Book Night Lists in 2012, and has been voted as Australian readers favourite book by iconic independent bookstore, Dymocks, three years running.In 2013, The Book Thief was adapted to screen, directed by Emmy Award winning Brian Percival Downton Abbey and shot in Berlin by Twentieth Century Fox The cast was headlined by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush Shine, The King s Speech and Academy Award nominee Emily Watson Breaking the Waves, Anna Karenina It also cast Sophie Nelisse Monsieur Lazhar , as Liesel Meminger The Guardian calls The Book Thief a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told The New York Times Brilliant and hugely ambitious the kind of book that can be life changing The Age an original, moving, beautifully written book In 2014, Zusak received the American Library Association s Margaret Edwards award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature, for his body of work ranging from The Underdog up to The The Book Thief Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children


I Am the Messenger Protect The Diamondssurvive The Clubsdig Deep Through The Spadesfeel The HeartsEd Kennedy Is An Underage Cabdriver Without Much Of A Future He S Pathetic At Playing Cards, Hopelessly In Love With His Best Friend, Audrey, And Utterly Devoted To His Coffee Drinking Dog, The Doorman His Life Is One Of Peaceful Routine And Incompetence Until He Inadvertently Stops A Bank RobberyThat S When The First Ace Arrives In The MailThat S When Ed Becomes The MessengerChosen To Care, He Makes His Way Through Town Helping And Hurting When Necessary Until Only One Question Remains Who S Behind Ed S Mission

10 thoughts on “I Am the Messenger

  1. says:

    OK one of the best first chapters of any book, ever Like, SO good Perfectly executed The rest of the book I liked it Interesting premise, moved along at a decent pace The twist at the ending was good.There are a few iffy spots, where he describes a scene and it s not at all clear what exactly just happened, or he over describes and reminds the reader that what s happening at the moment is related to something that happens previously, and you re like OK yeah, I know, I read that 20 page OK one of the best first chapters of any book, ever Like, SO good Perfectly executed The rest of the book I liked it Interesting premise, moved along at a decent pace The twist at the ending was good.There are a few iffy spots, where he describes a scene and it s not at all clear what exactly just happened, or he over describes and reminds the reader that what s happening at the moment is related to something that happens previously, and you re like OK yeah, I know, I read that 20 pages ago But overall, not major problems.The major problem with this book And there is one.Is that it s filled.Filled.With fray sentences You know.Sentences on one line.All by themselves.To really imbue them with meaning and import.You know.Meaning and import.This book has them.On every.Bloody.Page.It s annoying.Really annoying.This is a weak technique.And it really cramped my ability to enjoy this book.So there There you have it.My review.Of this book

  2. says:

    I can t seem to get enough Zusak Once again his language is magic Instead of falling into the he or she said pitfall, the dialogue takes on the action of the predominant emotion If he wants to reach for a friend, the words reach And the way he breaks his sentences to evoke emotional pauses is poetic Plus it makes his stories delectably quick to read The perfect combination of length and pause But his prose is not even the most powerful thing about his writing Zusak pulls the words li I can t seem to get enough Zusak Once again his language is magic Instead of falling into the he or she said pitfall, the dialogue takes on the action of the predominant emotion If he wants to reach for a friend, the words reach And the way he breaks his sentences to evoke emotional pauses is poetic Plus it makes his stories delectably quick to read The perfect combination of length and pause But his prose is not even the most powerful thing about his writing Zusak pulls the words lingering on the edge of your brain as if you d written them yourself In a way, his writing transcends language.Here we have an ordinary 19 year old taxi driver who is going nowhere with his life and has no plans to ever make something of himself either When Ed inadvertently foils a bank robbery, he is praised as a local hero Some people have it in them to make a stand, to bethan ordinary That s when the assignments come Written on the ace of diamonds are three addresses Ed must figure out who is in need of help at these locations and what he can do to touch their lives As Ed engulfs himself into these strangers lives he learns to care for them personally and insightfully discovers a message for them that will alter their lives Sometimes the messages are easy to deliver, other times they require all he can muster to give But always he finds the courage to follow through And his answers are never what I would expect There are countless saints who have nothing to do with church and almost no knowledge of God But they say God walks with those people without them ever knowing it As we follow Ed through his journey from just another stupid person to messenger, we see him grow emotionally as the assignments touch him deeper In touching other people s lives he finds the purpose in his, his way of being great.At one point he says he thought he was doing one of these people a favor but I realize it s the opposite I m the privileged one Is that not how it always is We don t want to get involved with helping other people, even developing new friendships, because it require something from us But what we fail to realize is what we get out of it isthan what we put in it The effort to connect with people instead of drift through each other s lives is always worth it view spoiler It took me a second read through the twist at the end to realize the stranger on the couch was Zusak I think the tool wassurreal when Vonnegut used it maybe that s because it s the first time I d encountered it , but here its purpose is to bring home the powerful message of the last card and so intense in its own way hide spoiler We are left with our own challenge We find our own names on an ace and we can take this message as ours that anyone, no matter how ordinary can be great, and put it to practice in our own lives Or we can discard our aces and go back to going through the motions

  3. says:

    4.5 Stars.Hello There.Maybe you re here because you ve read the book and you loved it You loved it so much that any review about it is a beacon of irresistible curiosity for you So much that you want to hold this book close to you, day and night.And just think about the intricate enormity of it all Then, you re just like me.Or Maybe you re here because you haven t read it and want to see if it s worth your time In that case, let me be precise and say, Go Read it.Now.Or Maybe you don t like t 4.5 Stars.Hello There.Maybe you re here because you ve read the book and you loved it You loved it so much that any review about it is a beacon of irresistible curiosity for you So much that you want to hold this book close to you, day and night.And just think about the intricate enormity of it all Then, you re just like me.Or Maybe you re here because you haven t read it and want to see if it s worth your time In that case, let me be precise and say, Go Read it.Now.Or Maybe you don t like this book I can t even believe it s possible but well, what a pity.So, Let me tell you a story The story of my enigmatic forayinto Ed s world and the events that follow My Prologue They say that Marcus Zusak is a brilliant storyteller who has a knack for mesmerizing readers into a trance with his words and his well woven tale And they are right. The book started in a way most books do and ended.that s better told later Yep, It started dramatically, A bank robbery Ed introduces himself to us readers and when he says, My full name s Ed Kennedy I m nineteen I m an underage cabdriver I m typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city not a whole lot of prospects or possibility That aside, I readbooks than I should, and I m decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes Nice to meet you I couldn t help but fall in love his brutal honesty a bit Mostly when I meet male protagonists they are unabashedly meretricious and boastful about their sexual prowess So it was nice to have someone different like Ed But only later did I begin to realize how unique a protagonist Mr Zusak had presented.Initially, as the pages flew by, I started liking less and less of him I honestly admit that.Because the premise was vague and he was getting very hyped up and the Ace made no sense whatsoever If you don t know what I m talking about, read the blurb I couldn t understand him And I was starting to fear that maybe I won t like the book after all Reflecting now, I realize how frivolous that fear is This book was destined to be a favorite of mine It just was.Ed s narrative was cogent enough but at times bordered on getting histrionic Don t get me wrong, it was really enjoyable but it didn t look like a 19 year old guy speaking It was like someone was writing a beautiful poem or something instead of a story at times It confused me, unnerved me and rang like a d j vu.At that time I didn t know why.But then I was reading another book, and like an epiphany, I realized it was because I do that a lot too I conjectured that maybe it s because he reads a lot of books People who read a lot become naturally eloquent with their spiels I m no good storyteller or even possess a modicum of empathetic writing skills but in some way, I m just commenting on the writing style, I write like that A bit.But I do have a penchant for, maybe even a propensity to poetic litany, as may be evident from my raving reviews where all I do is prosaically ramble.And then, when those boisterous words became my friends I was just swept off my feet No looking back.After understanding this and coming to terms with the mysterious instances of the story I was hooked in Simply so awed by the sheer idea of it And I wanted nothingthan to know who was behind all this Who All the painstaking frenzy.The rigmarole All this and one question,Who Why And when I did get the answer much later, I wanted nothing but shout it out loud Why Simple, because I felt like it.Ed sees a plethora of quandaries and concerns, and along with him we see it with a shattering clarity which I must attribute to his perspicacity Mental dejection and Physical abuse Smothering solitude or inundating also rans Lost love and lost purposes and scabrous violence.There is so much around us that happens The bad The worse.The unjust.The unrighteous.The simply sad.So much but do we spare a single second to think about them We don t Because it s not our responsibility.Because we have our problems to heed to without the burden of others.Because we are selfish Ed is both the messenger and the message But the book has a translucent plane of dubiety and one can interpret it in different ways For me, it means that in our self centered existence we have forgotten the beauty of the happiness that blossoms when we see the genuine smile we have helped bring forth And in that process we discover ourselves Yes we, always do That moment of sheer unwonted joy was and still is unmistakably the favorite one of mine It s like I can imagine the look on Ed s face Because that s what is on mine too.The writing was good There was a certain desperation in the words to be heard out, that threatened to become vociferous It was irksome in the beginning but slowly became dearer and now, it is somehow etched on my mind.And the ending So there was Scarlet, and I quote her verbatim,pure unadulterated Zusak genius , she told me.Truer words never spoken.Rose said that it is a bit confusing, it takes time to sink in and when it does it haunts you She is just so right.And Summer recommended it to me and told me that I d love it And I did, didn t II think I m procrastinating telling you about the ending because in all honesty, I don t know what to say.It was,BRILLIANCE, in all it s labyrinthine glory.In all it s ardent verity.And in all it s indelible beauty.Well Haven t I said enough

  4. says:

    My full name s Ed Kennedy I m nineteen I m an underage cabdriver I m typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city not a whole lot of prospects or possibility That aside, I readbooks than I should, and I m decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes Nice to meet you.After accidentally preventing a bank robber from escaping, Ed Kennedy receives his first playing card with three addresses written on it He understands that he needs to deliver a message to My full name s Ed Kennedy I m nineteen I m an underage cabdriver I m typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city not a whole lot of prospects or possibility That aside, I readbooks than I should, and I m decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes Nice to meet you.After accidentally preventing a bank robber from escaping, Ed Kennedy receives his first playing card with three addresses written on it He understands that he needs to deliver a message to each of these places, but the card offers no further instructions Relying on his intuition alone, Ed starts touching people s lives and trying to understand what he has to do The messages vary from simple to horribly complex and painful, but they all have one thing in common they need Ed to shake them up and save them from themselves I think the most wonderful thing about Zusak is the surprising humanity of his characters Not only do they come alive for the reader, but they also take so many different roles in the process Their simple acts of kindness often end up being impressive and life changing I d noticed this about so many characters in The Book Thief and I feared it was a one time deal, but Ed might be the best of them all In complete contrast to the ending, Ed is one of the most real and tangible characters I ve ever stumbled upon The fact that he s completely unaware of how extraordinary he is just adds to his charm My only regret is that the same cannot be said about Audrey I really needed her to be just as well developed, but she was the only one who didn t feel real to me, and that s the sole reason for my 4 star rating I Am the Messenger will make you happy in at least three ways it will give you a truly authentic, approachable story that will go straight through your heart, it will make you examine the way you treat complete strangers and it will catch you completely off guard.I wish I could hold up that knife and tear open the world I d slice it open and climb through to the next one In bed, I cling to that thought.I suppose many people will not be comfortable with the ending I thought it was unexpected, brilliant like the man himself , mind blowing still picking up the pieces and audacious It didn t take anything from the story, it didn t diminish the importance of any of the characters, and it added an extra dose of memorability the book wouldn t necessarily have otherwise Choosing a favorite quote this time was just like choosing a favorite child, but there was one I needed to share What would you do if you were me Tell me Please tell me But you re far from this Your fingers turn the strangeness of these pages that somehow connect my life to yours Your eyes are safe The story is just another few hundred pages of your mind For me, it s here It s now I have to go through with this, considering the cost at every turn Nothing will ever be the same.For this andof our reviews, visit The Nocturnal LibraryThanks to the lovely Jasprit for reading this with me

  5. says:

    FEELING SO MANY FEELINGS RN.This book was pretty fantastic TBH I don t that it was quite a 5 star and INCREDIBLE but it was pretty great.Ed was an overall likeable character, though sometimes he said and did some very problematic things, especially in his relationship with girls But most people in life are problematic in one way or another, so relatable reallife.This book was a bit hard for me to get into at first and took some easing in but once I was in I wanted to finish it ALL The ending FEELING SO MANY FEELINGS RN.This book was pretty fantastic TBH I don t that it was quite a 5 star and INCREDIBLE but it was pretty great.Ed was an overall likeable character, though sometimes he said and did some very problematic things, especially in his relationship with girls But most people in life are problematic in one way or another, so relatable reallife.This book was a bit hard for me to get into at first and took some easing in but once I was in I wanted to finish it ALL The ending was a little weird and abrupt, but kind of fit the book Ed s conclusions and thoughts were what made the ending rather than the events.It s such a unique story, setting, and overall book that I would definitely recommend it

  6. says:

    Nineteen year old cab driver Ed Kennedy foils a bank robbery and soon finds himself receiving cryptic messages in the mail written on playing cards Each card bears hints toward three people Ed must help in some way Will Ed ever find out who is behind is mysterious messages Apart from books by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, this is my first foray into young adult literature and I enjoyed it immensely.I think the first thing that pulled me in was that Ed is a lot like I was at nineteen I like Nineteen year old cab driver Ed Kennedy foils a bank robbery and soon finds himself receiving cryptic messages in the mail written on playing cards Each card bears hints toward three people Ed must help in some way Will Ed ever find out who is behind is mysterious messages Apart from books by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, this is my first foray into young adult literature and I enjoyed it immensely.I think the first thing that pulled me in was that Ed is a lot like I was at nineteen I like to think I had a littleconfidence but I had no idea what I wanted to do either and I m reasonably sure I was secretly in love with a girl who was only interested in being friends at the time as well And hell, I m damn sure I would have taken up the messenger role like Ed did had I gotten playing cards in the mail.The supporting cast was very well done, from Ed s friends Marv, Ritchie, and Audrey, to the people he bore messages to, like Sophie, Milla, and the spoilerific rest of them.The writing was superb I liked Ed s self deprecating sense of humor and found a lot of parts very touching view spoiler I even shed some silent man tears when Marv met his daughter for the first time hide spoiler The ending wasn t anything I predicted but it ended well.I had a lotto say about this while I was reading it but got caught up in the story and forgot most of what I d planned Kind of like waking from a dream and resolving to write it down in the morning, then not being able to remember anything at all It reminded me of G.K Chesterton s The Man Who Was Thursday for a few brief moments but I m not sure why.Five easy stars I ll be readingYA and Markus Zusak in the future

  7. says:

    2.5 stars Some books you instantly love they reach you, unconditionally Others you hate with passion and you would happily burn them if only you weren t reading ebooks also, you really don t want to have something in common with every tyrant out there Then they re the mild, non committal threes and two and a half, better known as the great shelf of meh. Well now Do not be fooled by my 2.5 stars rating I Am the Messenger is not one of those books.Indeed this rating is to be taken as 2.5 stars Some books you instantly love they reach you, unconditionally Others you hate with passion and you would happily burn them if only you weren t reading ebooks also, you really don t want to have something in common with every tyrant out there Then they re the mild, non committal threes and two and a half, better known as the great shelf of meh. Well now Do not be fooled by my 2.5 stars rating I Am the Messenger is not one of those books.Indeed this rating is to be taken as a chicken hearted average to somehow express the utter confusion I ve been feeling.Here s the thing While I cannot deny that some parts were pretty great, especially when it comes to the pacing rather fast paced, even though it took me 4 days to read it, which is a lot for me and that I liked most of the writing Oh, about that Markus Zusak s writing often revolves around short sentences now, I know that some readers don t like them, but I often find myself enjoying that kind of writing when done well Yet it is a little too dramatic sometimes, I can t deny it However, it sounded perfect to convey Ed s sarcasm and woe is me general attitude, and contributed to make the novel seemaction packedExcept.When it is.Written.In.Fragments and let it be known that I enjoy Blake Crouch s writing, so it is not a peeve of mine usually I was less than impressed with the constant undercurrent of sexism, didn t like the cop out ending I don t know if I expected too much, but it was a real letdown also, it has been done before I did roll my eyes oops but for fuck sake, cheesy much and developed an annoyance love hate relationship with Ed, the MC.Ed, Ed, Ed Self depreciating but oh so sarcastic voice Ed is sure flawed and I wanted to smack him several times, but I still liked himTaxi driver Local loser Cornerstone of mediocrity Sexual midget Pathetic card player And now weird shit magnet on top of it.Admit it It s not a bad list I m building up See what I mean Albeit unintentionally sometimes, I couldn t help but laugh I bitch, you bitch, he bitches Can his friends really called friends He seems to spend the whole book complaining about them Well to be fair, he spends a huge amount of time bitching about himself too Some of his decisions didn t sit well with me indeed something broke in me when he decided to wait before acting on the fucking rapist case I m not saying that I couldn t understand it but why not warn someone Why did Markus Zusak decide to make it okay for us to witness someone being raped countless times not graphic, but we know it is happening before moving along the plot WHY It made me sick Also The brothers Well Not impressed by his solution is the only thing I can say Aw poor guys needed to bond over violence I might shed a tear Not But my main complain is the fact that in my opinion the whole novel is incredibly sexist I mean, did you see the female charactersAbove that, did you freaking notice how Ed described them Apart from Milla, the octogenarian, every female character is portrayed through her sexual behavior and her looks, view spoiler even Ed s mother, in the end hide spoiler I will not bore you through the details but silly bitch, really REALLY , but it bothered me very much Not to mention Ed s weird obsession on women legs no exaggeration and the way he tries to convince us that Audrey must have sex with him Why the fuck should she, really Finally, am I the only one who found Sophie s parts incredibly disturbing I know she s 15 and not 8, BUT the way Ed emphasizes on her very young age all the time got to me after a while and therefore I couldn t help but find his attraction a little gross Honestly, I would probably praise the originality of the plot if not forI know, I know, they re far from carbon copies of each other s but I cannot help but think that I would have enjoyed I Am the Messengerif I wasn t a huge fan of Am lie Poulain and her missions What can I say, the story wasfun in Montmartre these horses were the reason of many tantrums when I was a toddler sorry mum than in Where the fuck is this town, anyway Oh. Never mind.Moreover, if you ever watched Am lie Poulain, you know that I Am the Messenger would make it incredibly difficult to suspend our disbelief sometimes Far from me the intent of spoiling the plot, so I ll let it at that, but damn, it ruined the shock value of the ending in my opinion Alright, the atmosphere of the book does make what s unbelievable almost acceptable, but please, please, do not hide behind sentences like,I really don t know why I did thatit annoys me to no end Many readers pointed that the message was beautiful and I don t want to be a spoil fun, because it is, in some way, but why did Markus Zusak have to be so IN YOUR FACE about it So glaringly obvious Sometimes people are beautiful Not in looks Not in what they say Just in what they are See this sentenceNobody can disagree with that, and yet I m sorry, but it reads like a Nike advertisement So much time spent pushing at open doors really Disappointing read Forof my reviews, please visit

  8. says:

    I threw this book across the room, and then I picked it back up, held it at arms length, and shook my head at it And then I thought about the way it held me in suspense, how it kept the kids in my teen book group reading and thinking, and I dusted it off and gave it a hug Markus Zusak, you bastard What has me reacting like a schizophrenic Why, I can t tell YOU That would spoil the book for you, and you really should read it The basic plot is, a guy stops a bank robbery, gets written up in t I threw this book across the room, and then I picked it back up, held it at arms length, and shook my head at it And then I thought about the way it held me in suspense, how it kept the kids in my teen book group reading and thinking, and I dusted it off and gave it a hug Markus Zusak, you bastard What has me reacting like a schizophrenic Why, I can t tell YOU That would spoil the book for you, and you really should read it The basic plot is, a guy stops a bank robbery, gets written up in the local paper, and then gets a mysterious message in the mail It s the ace of hearts, I think, and with it is three addresses No explanatory note, nothing He checks out the addresses, and at each one, there s a situation that needs some help A girl runner needs encouragement, an immigrant family needs some Christmas cheer, a woman is being abused by her husband Now, this guy is just a cab driver with no ambition, so he doesn t really want to get involved but it turns out, he doesn t have much choice And, there are 3aces to go.Intrigued Hope so

  9. says:

    I downloaded this on itunes today because my job is super boring and I like to have stuff to listen to and or watch online Plus it s popular with some friends, and I m a follower like that Anyway, I had to force myself to turn it off today so that I would have something to look forward to tomorrow I m halfway through The story and the reader s voice are mesmerizing Don t want it to end Review starts here There s a series on PBS about these doctors it may even be called The Doctors, can I downloaded this on itunes today because my job is super boring and I like to have stuff to listen to and or watch online Plus it s popular with some friends, and I m a follower like that Anyway, I had to force myself to turn it off today so that I would have something to look forward to tomorrow I m halfway through The story and the reader s voice are mesmerizing Don t want it to end Review starts here There s a series on PBS about these doctors it may even be called The Doctors, can t remember anyway it s a documentary that follows a handful of Harvard Medical students from their first days in the classroom, to residency, to their eventual careers I haven t seen each episode but my boyfriend was telling me how one of the students went on to become an ophthalmologist and would go to third world countries to examine people and hand out glasses every chance he got He the doctor also confessed to being lonely because he worked so much and went on to talk about how when he retires he wants to travel and distributeglasses My reaction was that a lot people who recognize where there is a need somewhere see it as something so overwhelming that even if they were to do something THAT something wouldn t be enough so they choose to do nothing or, at least I tend to feel that way Whereas this guy is working hard and when the time comes for him to stop working and take some time for himself and his family all he can think about is all the people out there whose lives would be improved if they just had a new pair of glasses So simple God bless him This, for me, is the message of Zusak s I Am The Messenger You don t have to be great to do good, you just have to do it The story s protagonist, Ed Kennedy, is as the book emphasizes an ordinary 19 year old guy He has no special skills, or talents He s not really strong, or really funny, or really good at math He s a cabbie who plays cards with his friends and has had a crush on the same girl since he sprouted his first pube but is way too passive and laid back to do anything about it, like, for example, move on when it s not reciprocated Ed s Mom is a complete nag who makes it clear to him that she prefers his siblings to him and that she expects nothingfrom him than for him to fuck up Yet Ed, like most ordinary 19 year olds, doesn t dwell on his unfortunate relationship with his mother Or the unfortunate state of affairs that are his life But the unfortunate byproduct of Ed s unfortunate obliviousness to the reality of the world around him is that Ed is missing out on the big things Like he says at one point Big things are just the small things you notice Or something like that Much like The Ghost of Christmas Past or Earl s list of bad deeds he must apologize for in the name of Karma, an outside source enters Ed s life to help lead him off the road of mediocrity and onto the road of good deeds Ed s messages from an ominous stranger come in the form of playing cards in his mailbox with cryptic clues written on the back that Ed then must decipher and act upon Ed has no clue who s behind the cards, or what the purpose of all this is but he carries on, unwittingly improving the lives of all the other ordinary people around him and in the process coming to understand himself, his mother, his friends and the girl who is the object of his desire on a deeper level What I loved so much about this book, aside from the writing and the characters and the setting and the suspense and the emotion, was that despite the novel s outlandishness, Ed s achievements and his impact on others is completely believable You know that there is nothing significant about Ed He has no superpowers, his acts of goodness were not preordained Yet you don t doubt for a second that Ed s simple deeds make his world a better place This story is sweet and thrilling and captivating and inspiring I have no idea what makes it a Young Adult book and I refuse to be embarrassed for liking it so much Unlike The Hills which is clearly young adult and something any person over the age of 21 should be embarrassed to admit to liking Fucking Spencer What an asshole

  10. says:

    Sometimes people are beautiful.Not in looks.Not in what they say.Just in what they are. The Book Thief is one of my favorite books ever if not my favorite book ever , then how is it possible that I loved I Am the Messenger evenThis book is just beautiful, from start to finish I m not really good at putting my thoughts into words so I know that nothing I could ever say will bring this book justice but that still won t stop me from trying.First of all, it took me a long time to read th Sometimes people are beautiful.Not in looks.Not in what they say.Just in what they are. The Book Thief is one of my favorite books ever if not my favorite book ever , then how is it possible that I loved I Am the Messenger evenThis book is just beautiful, from start to finish I m not really good at putting my thoughts into words so I know that nothing I could ever say will bring this book justice but that still won t stop me from trying.First of all, it took me a long time to read this book, but it wasn t the books fault I had to study for a test to get into college I got accepted, YAY , so my reading had to suffer from it But even that didn t stop me from enjoying this book completely I think if I had the time I would finish it in one sitting.At the beginning, I thought that I was reading just an ordinary book, with ordinary characters and their ordinary lives But now, that I ve finished it, I can say that this book is anything but ordinary It made me laugh, it made me tear up, it made me angry, and at the ending it left me feeling emotionally drained, but also really happy if that makes any sense It really touched me, and made me think about things that I and a lot of us just take for granted I can t count the times when I ve read a quote from this book that made me stop reading and just think about it for a few seconds.And the ending is the reason that I ended up liking this book eventhan the The Book Thief I m not gonna say anything about the ending, except that it blew my mind and that I still get goosebumps thinking about it.So I think that s enough from me, cause I feel like if I continue I ll start getting emotional, and I wouldn t want that So in conclusion, amazing book that will stick with me for the rest of my life, and that I will definitely come back tothan once

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