I Am the Messenger

I Am the Messenger

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After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
Uniform Title: Messenger
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2005
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 22 cm
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0375830995 (trade)
037593099X (lib. bdg.)
Call Number: TEEN FICTION ZUSAK

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Taxi driving, poker playing Ed Kennedy drifts through life, hanging out with his personable dog, Doorman. He feels a bit of a loser. After he averts a bank robbery, he begins to receive messages that spur him to undertake good deeds.

Ed is an average guy, until he saves his friends from an armed robber. Now messages are coming in asking him to step in and rescue others. - Recommended by Natalie

After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.


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mkpederson
May 28, 2020

Holy buckets. Just brilliant.
So different, so engrossing. A truth told incredibly uniquely.

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lkim17
May 08, 2020

After stopping a bank robbery, 19 year old Ed Kennedy’s bland life takes a turn upside down as mysterious playing cards start appearing in his mail, where he must help the lives of people in his neighborhood, and ultimately, himself. I am the Messenger is a surprisingly heartwarming tale, detailing how anyone, no matter how insignificant they seem, can make a big difference in anyone’s life. This book is great for teens in high school, with a plot that breaks away from the usual romance and drama. Full of quote-worthy pages, I loved this book for the raw emotions it delivered and the journey that the characters go through.

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black_cat_3443
Feb 18, 2020

Beautiful.

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LuisMunoz28
Nov 25, 2019

I love this book, it is my favorite book, I read it in Spanish and I am not sure how different it is from the English version, the only thing i did not like is the ending, I think Markus Suzak (Sorry if I spelled wrong) has something about bad endings, I've read 'The book thief' and i think the ending is so sad, but i did like this book more than 'The book thief'SO if you liked 'The book thief' you should read this book... 10\10

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princessofburundi
May 27, 2019

I'm 55 years old and this novel for young adults is my favourite novel. The narrator of the book is Ed, a self-described loser, an underage cab driver, with no ambition, no desire to escape this seedy Sydney slum or to do anything more than play cards with his friends. Then one day he accidentally foils a bank robber. Then the cards start coming.

Ed starts getting playing cards in the mail. An ace of clubs. An ace of diamonds. And on each card there is an address, a place to go. There are no instructions, so Ed has to figure out what he's supposed to do with these addresses. What he does is help people, save them from abusers, to help a beautiful girl to run, to take an old woman to church, to redeem his empty life with courage and determination.

I cry every time I read this book. It's not that the book is sad, it's that it's so beautiful that it breaks my heart. Markus Zusak is a young writer of extreme brilliance and a keen understanding of what it's like to be at the bottom with no way of climbing to the top.

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MB_kcls
May 07, 2019

As an author, Markus Zusak has the unique ability to write a magical story with lyrical writing so well done you ask yourself why you didn't think of words exactly like that to describe some similar situation. His books have a unique ability to make you wonder where the heck he's going yet they keep drawing your farther and farther in.

'I Am the Messenger' is just such a book. It's a story about an event that sets a young man on a journey he does not want to take, yet is compelled to do so. As he meets the criteria of the journey, he meets himself in the fullness of who he doesn't expect himself to be, doesn't know he is or can be. At times he thinks it's confusing torment, at other times he thinks it's a blessing. And the overarching question for him is who sends him on this journey. I think every reader will have their own distinct answer for that. I know I do.

There are so many wonderful words to quote from 'I Am the Messenger' it's hard not to just quote the entire book!

"Maybe I truly am shedding the old Ed Kennedy for this new person who's full of purpose rather than incompetence. Maybe one morning I'll wake up and step outside of myself to look back at the old me lying dead among the sheets."
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"But sometimes the truth arrives on you, and you can't get it off. That's when you realize that sometimes isn't even an answer - it's a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced."
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"Somewhere along the line, I feel like somehow I introduced myself.
To myself.
And here I Am."
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"...And I hear the words again from this morning.
If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of."
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"And that's when I realize.
On a sweet. cruel, beautiful moment of clarity, I smile, watch a crack in the cement, and speak to Audrey and the sleeping Doorman. I tell them what I'm telling you: . . . "

5 stars

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Alma_Anya
Feb 01, 2019

Even the most ordinary can do extraordinary things. Believe and anything is possible. This is the message Ed Kennedy, an underage cabdriver with no real direction in life, carries when he is dealt the 4 aces that changes the lives of strangers, friends and ultimately himself.
A great read with just the right amount of humour that grabs the readers attention and takes them to an even greater ending.

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Linyarai
Oct 04, 2018

I really enjoyed this, it wasn't at all like I expected but the twists and mystery were enough to keep me hooked all day

LPL_CentennialC Apr 28, 2017

Almost 15 years since I Am the Messenger was originally published, it still stands just as strong. Markus Zusak is most well-known for The Book Thief, but this is my favorite of his books. The main character, Ed, is written with a strong voice that will hook you from the beginning, and once you're swept up in the mystery of the playing cards, you won't want to stop reading. (When I read this for the first time, it was devoured in one sitting.) Recommended for those who enjoyed John Green & David Arnold!

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AlexN07
Apr 26, 2017

Amazing book. The ending is just... well, I'll let you discover it.

It starts slow but is definitely worth reading the whole way through. THE. ENDING.

Happy reading ;)

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Kulsum_0
Jul 03, 2015

“She soon says, "You're my best friend, Ed."
You can kill a man with those words.
No gun.
No bullets.
Just words and a girl.”

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SKaTEr96
Jun 28, 2012

Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.

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Ciresica
Oct 09, 2011

Carefully now, her statement comes out, "Believe it or not: it takes a lot of love to hate you like this".

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noob123
Jun 17, 2008

I'm not the messenger at all. I'm the message.

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Ciresica
Oct 09, 2011

Ed captures a bank-robber and then he is considered as a "hero" in the newspaper. His life changes from that moment on : he gets unanymous cards with adresses or names. He knows he has to help those people somehow, but will he be able to do it or will he give up? After all, he's just a regular boy with no superpowers at all. Just him, a cabbdriver.

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LuluY
Jul 04, 2011

nice to read a story were the protagonist isn't some superhero, genius, incredibly good looking or whatever. He's just you're typical below the average guy who happens to be in love with his best friend. After accidently stopping a bank robbery- he constantly gets cards with adresses of people who need his help. It goes to show that even the ordinary people can do extraordinary thins.

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Ciresica
Oct 09, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Ciresica
Oct 09, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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