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User Review  - walterqchocobo - LibraryThing

This book was very different from Zusak's other book The Book Thief but I still really liked it. Ed Kennedy is a 19 year old guy who drives a taxi, living in a small town and not destined for great ... Read full review

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User Review  - Warnerp - LibraryThing

This ADDED book comes highly recommended by a colleague in the teacher-librarian program. Some of the australian slang is a little challenging, and there is one rape scene, so it is meant for somewhat mature readers from 8th grade and up. Read full review

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User Review  - Dog_Ogler - LibraryThing

Shame on Picador. How incredibly off-putting when the VERY FIRST SENTENCE of a book contains an error so basic, ignorant, glaring and easily avoided as the completely unnecessary, pointless one in ... Read full review

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User Review  - chmessing - LibraryThing

Unusual cast of characters, basically a coming of age story that is an interesting ride. In the Young Reader genre, but definitely not younger than high school age - some fairly adult content. Read full review

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User Review  - frances114 - LibraryThing

I read it in a night. This book is beautiful, harsh, funny and wise all in one. Firstly, it's fast paced, and gripping - while the plot can sometimes slow, the writing is a joy to read, and keeps you ... Read full review

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User Review  - xRileyx - LibraryThing

This book started out pretty boring for me. I almost stopped reading it altogether. I'm glad I didn't, though, because I love the rest of the book. The ending is absolutely adorable! Read full review

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User Review  - martyb - LibraryThing

The voice of the protagonist in this book reminds me of the voice of the narrator in The Book Thief. The voice is omniscient and kind, by turns ironic and vulnerable. This is another of those ... Read full review

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The story begins with an introduction to the character of Ed Kennedy, a down-and-out underage taxi driver. Ed is standing in a bank queue when a robbery takes place. He accidentally foils the robbers' escape, and is proclaimed a hero. Shortly after, he receives an ace in the mail. The ace is from an unknown source. On the ace is written a list of addresses and times. These represent a series of tasks that Ed must complete.
His tasks are as follows:
He must save a woman who is raped by her husband every night.
He must comfort a lonely old lady.
He must show a teenage girl how to take control of her life and become more confident.
Throughout the book, Ed receives different playing cards in the mail. Each card is a different ace, and each ace contains a series of tasks, often in the form of cryptic clues. Through these cards Ed not only helps people, he also helps himself.
The Messenger raises many questions relating to the path that the lives of people like Ed and his friends will take, but still remains very humorous and distinctively Australian. Zusak's characters in this novel are incredibly easy to relate to and he very accurately describes life in suburban Australia. Ed's relationship with his mother is also indicative of many family situations in middle class families in Australia and modern Western society. The reader can also relate strongly to Ed's feeling of lack of direction or hope of making something of his life. The novel does not contain the shallow, stereotypical supporting characters commonly found in other novels of similar themes, and every individual in the novel is developed with depth and intrigue. Along with the descriptions with which Zusak depicts The Messenger, he manages to also take a step back and give an intelligent, subjective view of reality.
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this was a good book

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this book is amazing and very aspect the plot the topic everything together just creates an amazing experience and i would recommend this book to any and every one i come across


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