I really enjoyed I Am the Messenger. It started out quite strong, with interesting and punchy narration. I loved Ed a lo**spoiler alert** 3 1/2 stars.
I really enjoyed I Am the Messenger. It started out quite strong, with interesting and punchy narration. I loved Ed a lot, I loved his kindness, I loved that he always figured out what to do or say, despite being "useless." I also really enjoyed almost every message that he delivered. I liked the balance of good and bad, big and small. The lesson of the novel was a good one, even if I had issues with how it was delivered. Overall, this book made me really happy.
Now I have to talk about the reasons I could not give this book five stars.
First was the romance between Ed and Audrey, if you can even call it romance. It was more just Ed randomly going on for a page about how he loves her legs and hair and just wants to touch her and love her. It seemed really disconnected to the main story to me, like the author just thought "hey, I'm writing a YA novel so I should probably put some romance in." But no, no it didn't need to be in there. A different ending could have been found that didn't focus on their relationship. At one point Ed even says something like "Doesn't she know no one will ever love her like I do?" which actually made me want to rip the book apart for a minute. I mean, at least he didn't say it to Audrey, but the whole mindset that he deserves her because he loves her... I am not about that life. It's really misogynistic, and the fact that surprise! Audrey really does love Ed and she just needed him to show her that it's okay to love people and let him fix her with his message, seemed like I was now supposed to approve of his kind of obsessive love for her. Sorry, not buying it.
Second was the author coming into the story. I get that this was supposed to be a direct message to the readers saying "This is the 'message' of this book" and a literal "man vs. author" conflict line, and it's sort of interesting in theory but I didn't really like how it turned out. Like the fact that I was supposed to be reminded that I was reading a novel and whatever lesson I learned was probably the intention of the author... that just doesn't interest me. I can pick up the message fine without having to literally be told what it is. It was also kind of a let down, in the mystery side of things. Throughout the whole story I was thinking, "Who in this town has the capability of doing this to him?" I mean seriously, at one point Ed is shown footage of himself taken without his knowledge! I couldn't figure out who would have that much power. And then when Ed thought that maybe it was his father who had planned it all along, I was so excited. But no, there's really no mystery here. All this stuff happens simply because it's what the author wanted to happen. Well, duh. The book isn't going to be written in a way that the author dislikes. It was a bit disappointing as far as revelations go.
Finally, just a small thing that miffed me: the author goes as far as putting himself into the book to make the point that if someone as useless as Ed Kennedy can do these great things, then anyone should be able to do the same. The trouble is, I didn't find Ed useless. He's nineteen, lives on his own, and works a job that pays enough that he can afford an apartment. Yeah, he's not in college. He doesn't have any more plans so far, and people in town (the author, really) are afraid he could end up like his father, continue living like this for the rest of his life. It's not ideal, but he could be doing a lot worse, especially for nineteen. I'm nineteen, going into my sophomore year of college, and I think I have finally figured out what I want to do as a career, but I know lots of other people my age who don't. And we're all okay. Actually, must of us can't afford to live on our own so if anything, Ed has that on us. On top of that, Ed is smart, kind, and brave. His only problem that could label him as useless is that he doesn't have a future planned out for himself like he could. And by the end, he wants to work on that. Ed does not strike me as useless.
So again, overall I really liked this book. It added in some unnecessary elements, but in general I would recommend it....more
So, one of my friends recommended this for me and, I must say, I was a little skeptical. It is so different from what I usually read. I mean, no magicSo, one of my friends recommended this for me and, I must say, I was a little skeptical. It is so different from what I usually read. I mean, no magic, science fiction, time travel, historical fiction, etc. It is a completely realistic. But, she was so insistent that I promised I would read it.
I couldn't have been more wrong. This book was so amazing. I read it in one day. I love the Beatles, but I don't know nearly as much about them as I should. I really loved all the references to them. One reason I don't read a lot of realistic chick books is because it seems that most are about "getting the guy." What I loved about this book was that the whole book was focused on not being about that. I thought it was a great idea to focus on real friends and yourself, with boys on the side, instead of the other way around. It was really empowering and it made me feel happy reading it. Some of my friends say that I was born in the wrong century because I find the Medieval Period and the Renaissance, and the 18th and 19th centuries so interesting. That may be true but I don't think I could have survived then solely because of all the crap girls had to take. I believe in the power of women and feel the need to wear pants (figuratively and literally). That is what this book is about. The point is for girls to take control and not allow themselves to be pushed, used or broken by guys. It is really one of the best books I have ever read....more
Ok, I was reading it, but I found out that Fang doesn't come out till halfway through March, and if I was forced to stop reading, I could explode. SoOk, I was reading it, but I found out that Fang doesn't come out till halfway through March, and if I was forced to stop reading, I could explode. So I will read this book in March so I can go straight on to the 6th book.