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I Am the Messenger

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

26 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old cab driver who is kind of a nobody! He hasn't achieved anything great, isn't a genius, his mom despises him, and his dad died of alcoholism. The only real thing that he has is his dog, named the Doorman, who everyone says desperately ne...
Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old cab driver who is kind of a nobody! He hasn't achieved anything great, isn't a genius, his mom despises him, and his dad died of alcoholism. The only real thing that he has is his dog, named the Doorman, who everyone says desperately needs a bath. And, he's in love with Audrey, a girl from a bad neighborhood, just like him, who also happens to be one of his best friends since forever. The thing is, Audrey doesn't know that Ed is in love with her, and worse yet, she says she doesn't believe in love.

One day, Ed and his friend stop at a local bank, but a robbery begins while they are in line. And Ed stops the guy.

So then he becomes a local hero. He is just trying to live a normal life, and then he gets a playing card in the mail with three addresses and times on it. Ed doesn't know what to do. Should he just throw the card away, like his friends instruct, or should he go to the first address to see what this is all about?

This book would be a good recommendation for fans of THE DA VINCI CODE and the movie National Treasure.

Ed is such a cool character! He seems like such a normal guy, who does things that normal guys do, and lives a very ordinary life. Until he gets the card in the mail, and he's not so ordinary anymore.

posted by TeensReadToo on November 1, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

Put it Down Mid-Book..

My librarian recommended this to me..I will never ask him to recommend a book to me again. First of all, I HATE putting down books after I start them, even if they're awful. This book however, I could not stand!
I started it and thought "it will get better.." It doesn'...
My librarian recommended this to me..I will never ask him to recommend a book to me again. First of all, I HATE putting down books after I start them, even if they're awful. This book however, I could not stand!
I started it and thought "it will get better.." It doesn't.
The perspective: drove me insane. "I sit at the table." Drives me crazy.
The language: OVER DRAMATIC. It killed me! (The guy made a overdramatic thought at every action. Not to mention, the main character isn't a character you'd like to know.)Originally, I didn't mind the main character. But he grew on me as a loser who has no aspirations in life.
**CAUTION** if you are a realistic person, do NOT read this book.
However, I'm sure some people will like this book. If you like over dramatic thoughts and "deep" language.. then go ahead. But don't say I didn't warm you!

posted by JRews on June 9, 2009

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Put it Down Mid-Book..

    My librarian recommended this to me..I will never ask him to recommend a book to me again. First of all, I HATE putting down books after I start them, even if they're awful. This book however, I could not stand!
    I started it and thought "it will get better.." It doesn't.
    The perspective: drove me insane. "I sit at the table." Drives me crazy.
    The language: OVER DRAMATIC. It killed me! (The guy made a overdramatic thought at every action. Not to mention, the main character isn't a character you'd like to know.)Originally, I didn't mind the main character. But he grew on me as a loser who has no aspirations in life.
    **CAUTION** if you are a realistic person, do NOT read this book.
    However, I'm sure some people will like this book. If you like over dramatic thoughts and "deep" language.. then go ahead. But don't say I didn't warm you!

    7 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

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    I started this book with high hopes. The plot sounded interesting, so I read it. I started reading it. I did not finish it. I had to abandon it for the lack of clarity. I could not make any sense of it!!! Why would a person actually go after a card with addresses on it? Why would they be nervous about it? I- personally- just discard it and go on with my life... I wouldn't get all worked up about it! Ed seemed just so unrealistic. If you're into that, 'Ooo... how scary a card with addresses on it... how creepy.' then this could be a great book for you. If you're into, 'A card in my mailbox. With addresses on it. That's weird. I'm throwing this away.' then don't read this. I also didn't like the constant bad language in the book.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    rated R

    this book is detailed with lust, fantasies,rape, murder to name a few things. ATT: PARENTS: review this book before you purchase! cant find it in a public library.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Very disappointed. This book deeply hurt my 16 year old.

    Her best friend hung herself from the rafters in her garage, a year ago. Pg. 203 of the book was just too much for a teen, when teen suicide is on the rise. She was in tears for days, but because it was assigned by her teacher, she had to finish it or start over reading another book. Really? I think teachers really need to think about how some of the graphic descriptions about rape and suicide is going to affect our teens. A concerned mother.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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