Author: Markus Zusak.
I read this book for a class in school and originally thought i would not like it. But this book was completely different from others I have been told to read.
This review has SPOILERS.
Stars given: 4
In the beginning of this book I really did not understand what was going on other than the bank robbery taking place. Even once Ed was given his first card I became confused as to why he would be foolish enough to follow their orders. Once he went to the first home and seen what was happening I began to think that this was just another school book, one that would be a waste of my time but eventually grew on me. As he helped the old woman become less lonely and more social, how he helped the young girl by giving her an empty shoe box and show her real running talent without shoes on no matter the pain. Finally the last person he helped in this section was the first house he went to but left and did nothing. Here he did eventually take the man away from the home and scared him away.
The second section of this book was to help a priest get more people to come to his church service. This part I did not particularly like and still was wondering about this book. Continuing on he helped a pair of brothers b beating up the younger one and in return getting beat up by the older one. At this point I became confused as to how this helped but apparently it did. Lastly he helped an overwhelmed woman with three small children by buying her an ice cream. This was not much but still made her smile which is what she needed as she was very exhausted from putting her three children first.
The third section of this book was by far my favourite. He helps a poor family get their christmas lights up but then sees how only half of them work so he buys them a new set. This makes all of the children happier and the parents can not thank Ed enough. He helps his mother which is very difficult at the same time he believes his mother deserves this. This part really touched me and made me feel all the feels. The best part of this section, and all of the book in my opinion, was when Ed went to an old and almost abandoned movie theatre. The owner here was very happy to see him. Ed helps him get more audience, himself and Audrey.
The forth section was also great as Ed has to help his friends. Ed and his friends never had a close relationship because of the way they are. But when he saw their names on the card he knew this would be then most important and the hardest. As well as the final section of this book was his own address in which he comes to figure out that he is indeed the message not the messenger.
My favourite part was when Ed and Audrey went to the movie theatre as well when the bank robber got into Ed’s taxi and told him he was the guy behind this.