My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was the November selection for our Delicious Reads Book Club. Ever since reading “The Book Thief,” I became a huge Markus Zusak fan, so I was really excited to read this book.
The story is really different- in true Zusak fashion, he plays with the the boundaries of what you expect from a character. It’s hard to go into more detail about that without spoilers… so you’ll just have to read it and see what I mean. Anyway, the idea is that this ordinary taxi driver, Ed Kennedy, is chosen to complete a series of messages to different people, thereby changing their lives, and inevitably his own. It’s a very poignant and touching book, and a good reminder to look for ways to help people around you. It’s also very entertaining and funny.
The end… how do I talk about the end? Let’s just say that it’s not what you expect. I love it when there’s more than one way to interoperate things, so I thought it was very interesting. This book had the perfect amount of lighthearted, funny moments coupled with raw emotion. I loved the characters Ed met along the way, making me step outside myself and remember what’s really important. I’m really glad we chose to read this book this month- it was a perfect read for the holiday season!