Review: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

*Originally posted 6/25 (my 2nd review ever!) on my blog but didn’t migrate over in my WP switch*

Oh, Ed Kennedy. I feel your pain sometimes. Ordinary, no talents, no expertise, no grand accomplishments. Everyone around you is doing great things and you just remain stagnant. All the days run together and become unable to be distinguished from one another.

I don’t really know what expectations I had for this book. I had LOVED The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was moving, felt honest, and unique. I guess I think maybe my only expectation for this book was to be moved.

The general storyline was intriguing enough. Our ordinary “hero” Ed finds himself smack dab in the middle of a bank robbery along with a couple of his smartass friends. After this incident he finds his world rocked when a mysterious playing card shows up at his door with 3 names and addresses on them. And there begins his journey as “the messenger”..

As the messenger, his life intersects with strangers and familiar people alike that he must figure out what message he needs to deliver each particular person. Some of his messages are quite easy to figure out while others even put him in danger. And meanwhile the question still remains– who the mysterious person is that is behind the cards?

Zusack manages to deliver a moving story that becomes the ultimate message, in my opinion, for humanity. I feel like sometimes I need a good reminder that anyone, no matter how ordinary you are, can do something good to help someone and that it is just a matter of having the confidence in yourself to do so. I love thinking about how interconnected we all really are.

I loved the development of Ed throughout the story. It gave me great joy seeing the confidence he gained with each message and I loved how he handled every lesson from each person that he touched. I also found the cast of characters that he interacted to be dimensional as well and I could picture them in my head and see different scenes play out.

In all, I really enjoyed it. Did I love it as much as The Book Thief? Absolutely not. But they are totally different books which I just think is a testament to how incredibly powerful Zusak can make every story whether it’s about a girl during the Holocaust or an ordinary joe like myself.

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Jamie is a 28 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating gelato, listening to music with oversized headphones and teaching her niece how to be as awesome as she is.

Comments

  1. I DID like this one better than The Book Thief. Of course, I love TBT too but this one just blew me away with it’s awesomness and message.

    • The message really WAS so strong in this book! For some reason, I just had such a response to TBT! I just adore Zusak! I’ll read anything he writes bc he moves me just so!

  2. I enjoyed this too but it definitely didn’t move me as much as The Book Thief did, even though Ed had to do many difficult and horrible things. Great review!

  3. Interesting that you’d post this just now — I’m halfway through it at the moment! I remember seeing you post somewhere that, although you liked it, you didn’t enjoy it as much as Book Thief. I have to agree — it’s good, but not gut-wrenchingly good like BT.

  4. I haven’t read The Book Thief yet (though I promise that I’m remedying that this year!). But from what you’ve said and what everyone else has said, it does sound really, really good. If I like it, I may just give this one a try since I’ve also seen it in bookstores!

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