Book Review 4/10

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak368 pages.

 

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It’s not a big thing, but I guess it’s true — big things are often just small things that are noticed.

 

The book that I picked up recently that I just could not put down was I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. This book was recommended to me by a friend a while back and I decided to order a copy on a whim. This was probably one of the decisions of my life and I can’t thank my friend enough. This story quickly jumped into the spot of being my favorite book! I won’t go into too much detail in order to avoid spoilers, but the plot of the book is basically this: Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old that works as a cab driver full-time and has no plans to do anything else with his life. The story starts with Ed and his friend caught in the middle of a bank robbery. Ed doesn’t really take it seriously though, and after a while he decides he’s had enough so he picks up the gun that the careless robber dropped and pursues him, firing a round towards the robber which ends up hitting the only escape vehicle. This allows the police to arrive in time to arrest the bank robber and Ed is hailed as a hero. A few days later, he gets a mysterious envelope in the mail. In it lies a playing card (the ace of diamonds) with three different addresses printed on it. Eventually he decides to visit the addresses and finds very different people in very different situations. After some investigating, Ed decides to help these people. When he finally finished helping them is when he got the next card. He becomes the messenger.

 

Below is a fan-made trailer of the book that was created by Thomas Reimer. I happen to really like and I think that it is very well made. It encapsulates the story wonderfully.

 

 

What I really like about this story is how the author handles the characters and their interactions with Ed. I also happen to love themes that involve using playing cards. Ed seems perfectly content with the dead end life he currently leads, but he gains something gradually throughout the novel and that shows well. The message that I got from this book (no pun intended) had a lot of impact on me and I would definitely read it again.

 

Word Count: 380

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/27

They kicked me out. I wasn’t supposed to come back after Christmas vacation, on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself and all.

 

For this Monday, I am reading The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (234 pages)5107

This being a widely-read classic and all, I have not yet read it. I figured now was as good a time as any so I thought, “Why not?” and  ordered a copy off Amazon. All I knew when I started reading was that this was a coming of age story and I wanted the rest to be a surprise, so I am going to try and keep it that way. I just started reading it not too long ago so I’m not that far in, only a couple chapters. I know that this book is a classic and all, but I’m surprised how under-recommended this was to me. No one mentioned it to me, but maybe it’s just implied that you should read it. It’s hard to not have high expectations when starting something like this, but I’m gonna try my best to keep those at low to none, and I mean that in a good way. We’ll see if this will live up to its name for me.

 

So far, this book seems to hit pretty close to my ball park, so it’s keeping my interest. He’s flunked out of four of his classes and was given the same spiel that anyone who’s ever had the fortune to be in these types of situations has had. “Apply yourself.” I’ve heard it, I’ve heard my brothers hearing it, and quite frankly, I thought I was sick of hearing it. I get that they mean, but maybe there is more to it than that. Hopefully, after reading this novel, I’ll get a better understanding of what people mean when they say that, if at all, and hopefully change my own lifestyle. I’m really hoping that that’s not hoping for a lot.

 

I’ve been trying to squeeze in reading sessions for this book whenever I can scrounge up some free time. I usually try to open up the pages during my breaks in between classes or maybe if I’m watching something in the background.

 

Word Count: 348

 

Ten Facts About Me

1. I really like sleep. I’d sleep for 25 hours a day if I could. If you need to find me, I’ll be in my bed.

 

2. When I’m not dreaming in my bed, I’m probably dreaming in my head. I’m still like a little kid daydreaming in class about his own little fantasies.

 

3. I live in Gainesville now, but I used to live in Sarasota. When I was a kid I lived in Ohio for a time before moving to Florida. I miss the snow.

 

4. I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve never broken a phone before so that’s cool.

 

5. My mom tells me that I’m pretty handsome.

 

6. My favorite book (for now) is I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I liked the idea of a theme with playing cards.

 

7. I have a pretty big family. Four brothers and two sisters to be exact. Don’t get me started on relatives.

 

8. Eight is my favorite number!

 

9. I’m 19 years old.

 

10. I go to Santa Fe Community College.

 

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