Review: “I Am The Messenger” sent me an important message…

I was poking through our school library, looking for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak upon a friend’s recommendation. But to my dismay, all the copies were checked out. While I was looking in the section, though, I spotted a couple other books under the same author, and I grabbed the first one I saw- I Am The Messenger.

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 10.12.09 PMThe cover was what first caught my eye. Now, I know they say “don’t judge a book by its cover” and all, but a good design does generally peak first interest in a story for me. Certain objects (for example, playing cards) frequently catch my eye and draw me in.

The overall story was a really interesting one, centering around nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy and his absolutely average life. One day, he gets a card in the mail- the ace of diamonds- and it has three addresses written on it. I won’t say anything more to spoil the book, but the story is about Ed discovering what meaning these addresses have to not only others, but himself as well.

The writing throughout the entire book was absolutely amazing, it was descriptive and deep and connective and beautiful and fantastic. There were moments that I wasn’t even sure we’re supposed to be sad but they were just so well written that I wanted to anyways.

Ed as a character is very relatable, and I found myself realizing that I’ve thought about a lot of the same things that he does throughout the book. The way his friends’ characters are revealed throughout the story is great too, and it’s paced in a way that’s just right.

The most important message throughout the entire thing was definitely the idea of being able to do something and make a difference, no matter how small it might be. And that really got me thinking about my own life and what do to help the people around me (and also what I can do to make that even better).

Basically, this entire book gave me a serious case of the feels and is most definitely on my favorites list. After reading it, I’ve decided on a goal I want to reach: Before the end of my senior year, I want to have read all the books in my school library (not counting the boring textbooks and reference books and all that stuff, of course). It seems like a tough feat, but I think I’ll be able to do it, considering the fact that our library is A) not very big and B) not frequently updated with new books.

I finished I Am The Messenger a day after I got it, and as soon as I got a chance, I went straight to the library to check out a new book. That book happens to be Getting the Girl by (of course) Markus Zusak. I’m about three chapters in and it’s already quite good, so I look forward to what’s next 🙂

That would be all for now, lovely nerdlings. Let me know if you’d like more reviews of other books, movies, anything reviewable, really.

Yours quirkily,

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4 comments

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    You know, I read the first half of I Am The Messenger last winter. I didn’t enjoy it, really. It struck me as a book written by an author who was trying to be “gritty” but wasn’t being able to pull it off, so then switched to using a ton of swearing and crassness as a cover. That may just be the author’s personal style, (I haven’t read any of his other books) but I found it rather off-putting.

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    • thatnerdyartaddict

      I can definitely see what you mean there, I noticed that a bit in the first couple chapters as well and was slightly unsure about reading further… I’m glad I finished it, though, because I definitely feel like it was much better towards the ending part than the beginning.

      Thanks for the comment! 😀

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