I Am the Messenger

Sometimes people are beautiful.

Not in looks.

Not in what they say.

Just in what they are.

– Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book Theif, comes I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

This novel features the main character and narrator Ed Kennedy; an underaged cabdriver with no future. He lives a peaceful life if you consider being bad at playing cards, being hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, devoted to his dog, the Doorman, and somehow stopped a bank robbery peaceful. That’s when the first ace gets delivered to his mailbox. In that moment Ed Kennedy becomes the messenger helping those around his neighborhood with only one thing on his mind: Who is delivering the playing cards?

In this thrilling and humorous novel, I found myself compelled to keep reading. The mystery in this novel is enough to make anyone hooked on finding out who is sending him the playing cards in the mail. I won’t give any spoilers, but the ending is a twist and one that you didn’t see coming even if you thought you figured out the story. From beginning to end, this book is a page turner. You’ll even want to turn back a few pages to re-read a scene that you just can’t steer away from.

You will absolutely fall in love with the characters from Ed Kennedy himself to the smallest role of the side characters. There is one however you will dislike, but for reasons that are totally reasonable. The characters are well developed; you can see the turning point of when they change in the story, which I thought was pretty interesting because there are multiple turning points of the characters development throughout the story.

If you enjoyed The Book Thief, you will certainly enjoy I Am the Messenger. A thrilling mystery with a touch of humor is the type of book that will leave you wanting another made, but alas, Ed Kennedy’s story begins and ends with this book.

A highly recommended book for readers to be introduced to the author Markus Zusak if they haven’t been already!

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