What I miss from the Australian education system, is the required reading books. My English teacher gave this to me when I left Australia, and this is the book I have re-read the most. And here I am telling you why!
As you can read by the synopsis, poor Ed is a bit of a loser. And you can’t help but feel sorry for him. Nothing goes right, he has a horrible mother, a brother who’s succesfull (and he’s not!), he can never do anything right. And then things change. He changes. He changes people’s lives. All thanks to the deck of cards he receives. But who are these people? Why him? Who does this? And will Ed ever get happy?
This book is so good. It’s written in Australian English, and YES, that is a lot different than British English or American English, you can really tell this story is set in Australia. It is insanely recognizable to me. Also, it’s written in the present time, something that isn’t what I usually read, but this is present time done well.
Now, you may or may not know that Markus Zusak is also the write of the Book Thief, and that book is really popular. Is the Messenger like the Bookthief? No. It isn’t. So really, don’t expect it to be. I might even slightly like the Messenger better than the Bookthief. They are both great books, and the Messenger definitely deserves more attention than it gets!