Book Recommendation: 5 Reasons Why Markus Zusak’s “I Am the Messenger” Is My New Favorite Read

Before I read I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak was just a name to me; the writer of the book-turned-to-movie entitled The Book Thief. But after I finished his other novel which was less popular than TBT, the author became a completely different person. And I must say that I am a fan for life. And his book “I Am the Messenger” is a book that I would be glad to read over and over again. Now, if you haven’t read the book yet, here’s five reasons why you definitely should.

  1. Zusak’s writing is not skill but talent – It is an accepted point of reason that writing is a skill and hence can be learned by anyone. But sometimes, you just read a story and you realize that some writers are just so good at it, you’d be convinced they were born to do it. Markus Zusak’s writing style is just artistic. I can imagine him effortlessly stringing the words in their rightful places to connect to the readers. His imagery is also not one to miss. The dialogues flow between the characters smoothly as if you’re really seeing and hearing them talk. And all these are so evident in his book.
  2. It’s gripping and funny – They say that the most important thing an author has to remember when writing a story is to keep the readers curious. And the book didn’t fail to pull this off from start to finish. It has A LOT of mysteries that will make you continue flipping the pages ‘til the end. But more importantly, every chapter promises something funny and hilarious to make you crack even at, like, four o’clock in the morning.
  3. The characters are relatable – Most times we read a book because we want to get to know interesting people. After all, that’s what the stories are all about –to help us escape the ordinariness of our everyday lives. But there are times when reading stories of ordinary characters, like ourselves IRL, is the only lift we need to get encouraged. After all, their lives are like our lives too. Set in a nameless town where everything just seemed so ordinary, the characters of I Am the Messenger are just common people who’s got problems like our own. Hence, their lives are something we all can relate to.
  4. It talks of the importance of friendship – Ed, the protagonist in the story, got not only one but three best buddies, and they were with him through thick and thin. Personally, I think that the friendship element in this book contributes much to its worthiness. I mean, the book wouldn’t be as it is if the author did not put much emphasis on the characters’ friendship. I don’t think it’s possible for me to explain much further on this part of the book because it’s too worthwhile I can’t put it to words.
  5. Friend zone – Lastly, what made the novel even much more interesting is the relatability of getting friendzoned. You see, Ed, the protagonist, was in love with Audrey who was one of his best friends. But the problem is, the girl didn’t want him back. I’m telling you that the friendzone in this book is legit hardcore. If you want a taste of it (which I am aware you don’t), you should include it in your to-read list. Who knows, they just might end up together by some miracle. Well, might.

With these above reasons, I Am the Messenger is most definitely a book that you don’t want to miss. I rate it 4.5/5.

Apart from that, here’s some of the quotes I loved from the novel.

“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”

“Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.”

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

“Believe it or not–it takes a lot of love to hate you like this.”



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