|05:52 pm - First Review!|
I am the Messanger by Mark Zusak
Ok. So this book... I dont really know how to explain it. If I tried summarizing, it would be really confusing.
Basically. Ed lives in Australia (he kept saying talking about people wearing shorts and I was confused, I thought they said it was Christmas time? Also, spring? In October? WOW. I had to sit and think about that for a while.) in the suburban slums outside a big city. He's a cab driver, hes young and poor and he has as dog that smells worse than anything. He's in love with his best firend Audrey, something that torments him quite alot. He's well read for being white trash. (One more funny thing about the Australian aspect of this book. He kept talking about mothers "chain-smoking and wearing Ugg boots outside the house." I guess that Ugg boots are like... house shoes down under. Thought that was funny, seeing as they are [or where] the hot commodity last season)
Anyway, the point of the story is that Ed is deadended by life, he's never going to make anything of himself even though he is a very sweet person (I thought atleast). The book starts with Ed stopping a bank robbery. This is very unlike Ed, because he is quiet and un-confrontational. Thats when he starts getting the Aces (as in playing cards) in the mail. The first one has adresses on it, and he realizes that he is suposed to go to the houses and fix what is wrong. At the first, he stops a man who comes home and rapes his wife every night. At the other, he helps an old woman cope with her husbands death 50 years ago and at the third lets a girl do what she thinks needs to be done. The assignments gradually get harder, the clues denser, all the while Ed is wondering who is sending him the cards in the mail.
The book was very exciting and well writen. It was also pretty funny. Here's a quote that was on the 6th page that I enjoyed:
My full name's Ed Kennedy. I'm nineteen. I'm an underage cabdriver. I'm typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city - not a whole lot of prospects or possiblity. That aside, I read more books than I should, and I'm decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes. Nice to meet you.
The book is pretty much written in this type of language, almost like he is saying it straight to you instead of just writing it out.
The only thing I disliked was the ending. It seemed rushed almost too well thought out. Maybe I should read that part agian, because when I did I was in Geography, and that class is very distracting when I read instead of pay attention.
All in all, Good book, weird ending, I give it an A-.