I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak It's been months since I read this, so bear with me. But nonetheless, I still remember this book pretty clearly so hopefully it's not a problem.Anyway, so basically ... THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD IT MADE ME JIZZ IN MY PANTS.Honestly, I put off reading this book for a long time. I love [b:The Book Thief|19063|The Book Thief|Markus Zusak|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352395325s/19063.jpg|878368] so much that I was a little afraid to read more of Zusak's work just because my standards for his writing were set so ridiculously high. But, I shouldn't have worried, because I Am the Messenger is also super-duper amazing. Is it as phenomenal as The Book Thief? Eh, I don't know. It's hard to compare the two, since they're so drastically different. But this one was definitely just as powerful and unforgettable.I've come to believe that Markus Zusak is just a magical writing god and that everything he touches turns to gold. He makes me want to throw my own writing in a fire. His writing is just so fantastic and his characters are so real ... It's just not fair. Plus he's also REALLY GODDAMN ATTRACTIVE.Gosh ... some people ... I just can't ...OKAY. I'm actually going to review this book now. I Am the Messenger is the story of 19-year-old Ed Kennedy, an underage cab driver who basically just plays cards and sucks at romance, and essentially isn't going anywhere in life. Then one day, by chance, he ends up stopping a bank robbery ... and from there, things start to get interesting. Ed begins receiving playing cards with addresses written on them––and soon finds that he is being sent all over town to people who need his help. The question is, who is sending these cards and why have they chosen Ed?"Beautiful" is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book. Because, it just is. Altogether, it's a pretty feel-good and uplifting story about the simple goodness of human nature, and about how the smallest actions can really change people's lives. But, don't get me wrong; this isn't the "[b:Pay It Forward|215631|Pay It Forward|Catherine Ryan Hyde|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347659047s/215631.jpg|766708]" type of corny it sounds like. First of all, Ed is no "Gary Stu" of a character. He's sarcastic, he messes up, he makes mistakes ... he even has to hurt a few people along the way in order for things to work out. So, it's not like he's some kind of magical guardian angel; he's conflicted about a lot of the things he has to do, and nervous to get involved in some people's lives––because he has to get involved in some pretty intense stuff.Basically, you just have to experience it. I found it to be really wonderfully written and executed, perfectly paced, hilarious, tragic, compelling, hopeful, believable ... Ahhh, it's just gorgeous. I give it an easy 5 stars and a standing ovation.