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Review: I am the Messenger

“It's not a big thing, but I guess it's true--big things are often just small things that are noticed.”

Slacker. Boring. Loser. Insignificant. Those are characteristic traits by nineteen-year-old main protagonist, Ed Kennedy. He drives a cab for a living and plays poker with his friends every night. His siblings have all gone to college while he stays behind with no goals to achieve in life. In Ed's own words, he's "nineteen, a cab-driver, with no real career, no respect in the community, nothing", that is, until he inadvertently captures a bank robber. At that moment, Ed experienced his short-lived local fame but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go back to his monotonous, slacker life. However, a few days later, he receives an Ace of Diamonds from an anonymous sender, with three addresses and times written on it. Relying on intuition, Ed visits each address at their respective times and discovers people in need of help. As Ed helps them overcome their struggles, he is able to understand them in a whole new way, and helps them discover a message that will forever alter their lives. In the process of his discovery, Ed starts to change his views of himself and his relationship with his friends and relatives.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

“I am the Messenger” is a heartwarming and approachable story that proves that even the most ordinary people can make life-changing miracles with simple acts of kindness and love. Although, the ending might be unexpected, it did not take anything from the story. Ed’s self-deprecating humor and complete unawareness of how extraordinary he is, add to this engaging and realistic writing of Markus Zusak, make the whole reading experience worthwhile.


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