I think most of us like to think that at some point in our lives something incredible is going to happen to us. We all want to be special. But, sometimes, we just don’t know how to go about making something incredible happen. We get stuck in a rut, going about our day to day lives, looking for something without knowing what, waiting for something to happen and, sometimes, we just give up. We become lost and alone and don’t know how to fix it.
Ed Kennedy, 19, had just such a thing happen. He is an underage taxi driver in Somewhere, Australia. He has a 17 year old very smelly dog named The Doorman. He has a potty-mouth mother who tries to make his life miserable, his drunkard, yet gentlemanly father died just under a year ago. He has a successful younger brother who is in university and two older sisters who both have moved to the city and started families. He has 3 great friends, Marv, Ritchie and Audrey; with whom he is in love with. They play cards. Life is pretty good, or so he thought.
What he hasn’t realized is that he is doing nothing with his life. He is stuck in a rut. He is stuck in a cycle of routine and incompetence and has little ambition to do anything beyond drink beer with his friends and give his dog coffee.
Until one day they are at a bank that is being held up. Ed keeps the robber from getting away and becomes a 15 minute local hero. Then the aces start showing up in his mailbox. Directing him to 3 different people, he sees and hears things he would probably not want to, but being a good kid, he’s moved to help. And what it does to his own life is revolutionary.
I Am The Messenger is an amazing journey for one lost soul that is filled with friendship, laughter, fist fights and a whole lot of love.
This book was winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia. It’s a lot different from The Book Thief in story, but the same amazing writing is there. A definite must read. It pulled me violently in and didn’t let me go until I finished the last page – the first read I read in one day in a long time. All 380 pages, in one day. I highly recommend this one. Especially if you are stuck in a rut too.