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?
My Review – 3 stars
I LOVED the first chapter and would give it 5 stars. I then learned you shouldn’t judge a book by its first chapter ?. After reading chapter one I assumed I would like this book better than The Book Thief, Zusak’s 2005 historical fiction novel which I rated 5 stars. However, I was wrong with my assumption. I Am the Messenger went downhill from there.
Was it because of my high expectations from the get-go? I don’t think that was the only issue. One of the biggest problems for me was Zusak’s writing style. The story had a good premise but his fragmented sentences brought about an affected and grandiose element. It didn’t feel like it was a natural evolution of the plot. If he had been a little less forceful with his writing style the story may have been more enjoyable.
Another problem was the characters. I didn’t like Ed or any of his friends. I find that I need to appreciate at least one character to like a book but I didn’t like any of them. I don’t think it was the lack of character development but a true dislike of the people in the story.
My Favorite Quotes:
“Believe it or not – it takes a lot of love to hate you like this.”
“I’m just another stupid human.”
“That was when the world wasn’t so big and I could see everywhere. It was when my father was a hero and not a human.”
“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.”
“Have you ever noticed that idiots have a lot of friends? It’s just an observation.”
“Big things are often just little things that people notice.”
I was disappointed in this book but I’ll admit it wasn’t my kind of story and the characters were not my kind of people. Zusak’s writing style made it even worse. It’s a shame because I tremendously enjoyed his book, The Book Thief. All in all, I gave this book 3 stars because of its first chapter and its original plot.