‘I Am the Messenger’ by Markus Zusak is one of the more awesome teen books I’ve ever read. It starts with the main character, Ed, and his friends, during a bank robbery. After a bit of heroics at the bank, Ed receives a playing card in the mail, with addresses on it. Ed realizes that at each address, there's a problem he can solve or people he can help. And the story progresses from there.
‘I Am the Messenger’ is an amazing story, because it’s both dramatic and funny. The content and plot are unique and engrossing. Each character is really well thought out, with hidden depths that are revealed slowly as the story goes on. The writing is very good- easy to slip into, friendly, really, in its voice, but very tight. It’s easy to become very involved in this book, and all of the people that Ed meets and helps. At the end of the book, you feel like you’ve really been through something, as if you’ve touched on something important. It’s fascinating, and different from anything else I’ve ever read.
(As I edit, a note‐ this is the most concise review I think I’ve ever written. I have no idea why it came out so short, but it does get the job done, doesn’t it?)