I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Ed Kennedy is a normal taxi driver, barely making ends meet to take care of himself and his beloved dog the Doorman. That is until he prevents a bank robbery, saving countless lives and recovering the stolen money. Soon after, cryptic messages on playing cards start showing up, leading him to three different people at a time. While they leave no instructions, it’s clear to Ed what he has to do–make the lives of these people better. It’s everyone from the forgotten to the rich, the outsiders to his closest friends; all of them need his assistance. As he helps these people grow, either from a distance or standing right next to them, he starts to notice changes in his own life and how the people he was supposed to help are really helping him. And when all of it stops–who really is Ed Kennedy? Read the book to find out!
Oh my goodness, I absolutely loved I Am the Messenger! Though the plot doesn’t give it away, this book is actually hilarious. Ed’s friends Audrey, Marv, and Richie make so many funny comments throughout the book, a lot of the time, I was laughing out loud! While most intended humor in books falls flat, I was pleasantly surprised with how Markus Zusak’s banter really delivered. Mixed with the humor though was the obvious sentimental ribbon in the storyline. It was really touching to watch Ed try his best to help these people to the best of his ability. Together with the jokes, it made this book one of my favorite books I have ever read. I do have to warn younger readers, this book did contain a lot of swearing, so if you are sensitive to that, this book might not be for you. I also really enjoyed the writing style of Markus Zusak and how unique this book was! I have never read anything like it. Markus Zusak has also written the highly acclaimed Book Thief, and while I have not personally read it, I have a lot of friends who say that it is also really good. It’s definitely on my list!
Thank you so much for reading! I really recommend this book for my readers out there who enjoy a good laugh mixed with a heartfelt storyline. Though it sounds skeptical that those two could go together well, I promise that they do, and I think if you try it out, you will not regret it. Be sure to check out the link below to purchase this book on Amazon. Markus Zusak’s website wasn’t working for me unfortunately, but I have linked a fan page below if y’all are interested! Remember to like, comment, and follow for some more amazing reads! Have a great rest of your day, and I’ll see you in two weeks!
-your fellow book lover
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Hannah Rating: 10 out of 10 stars.