Contemporary · Reviews · YA

I Am the Messenger

i am the messenger by markus zusakAuthor: Markus Zusak

Series: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Mystery

Pages: 360

protect the diamonds
survive the clubs
dig deep through the spades
feel the hearts

Ed 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 robbery.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.
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?



Rating: 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌓

I always have a hard time writing about books that I loved a lot more than the ones I didn’t. Just give me a moment…

Alright, here we go. I Am The Messenger is simply put, a brilliant piece of young adult literature. Since there is about 99% chance that I’ll just ramble on, I’ll write this review in bullet points.

Ed, our protagonist is basically the epitome of a completely useless human being. Not only has he made nothing of himself, he has no plans to do so in the future and he’s fine with that. Really though, the complacency of his and his friends is truly fascinating. He is lost and drifting through life and hopelessly in love with his best friend (ahh, when he talks about her you feel his love through the words).

  • I fell in love with Ed right from the get go. I fell in love with his honesty, his portrayal of himself, his life, his friends and family. Oh and his friendship (yes, his friendship) with his dog, The Doorman!
  • The writing: The way Markus Suzak uses the English language – bends it to his will and makes something out of nothing is just…did I already say brilliant? The book is extremely descriptive and everything comes to life – be it feelings, animals, inanimate objects…It is all brilliantly personified and symbolism is hidden everywhere.
  • The structure: The way in which Ed receives these cards and how he has to go about solving them – the reason for each style of card and every message is compelling to read about.

And not only is it hilarious (experiencing life from Ed’s point of view truly makes you grateful for your own), it also packs a great message that’ll stay with you.  Seriously, give it a try. And don’t read it, read between the lines as well.

I took off half a point cause I didn’t understand a certain thing at the end.

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