Saturday Showcase (August 24)

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Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about).

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This week’s featured book is I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak.

protect the diamonds
survive the clubs
dig deep through the spades
feel the hearts

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

I Am The Messenger doesn’t pack the emotional punch that The Book Thief does, but is beautiful and touching all the same. It’s an uplifting story that shows just how much a simple action can change someone’s life. This book has really resonated with me and has inspired me to make a lot of positive changes, including reaching out more to others and appreciating the little things in life.

I could talk for hours about how much I love this book, but I’ll just leave you with two of my favourite quotes and a strong suggestion that you give it a read.

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

“If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.”

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What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave a list or a link to your Saturday Showcase post in the comments below.
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