Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Rating: 5 stars
Ed Kennedy is just a nineteen year old taxi driver without any real drive. (No pun intended.) His alcoholic father has died, his brother is his mother's favorite, and all he really has is a smelly old dog. However, the day he stops a bank robbery, his whole life changes. Playing cards start arriving in the mail with assignments scrawled on them and Ed is forced off the sidelines and into his life. His tasks range from disturbing and terrifying, to heartwarming and moving and through all this, Ed can't help but wonder: Who is sending the cards?
The story is fantastic- witty, poignant, and a great read. The true testament to how good a book is is if you come away slightly dazed, still wrapping your mind around the words you just read. And if there ever was a book that achieved that, Zusak's novel would be it. His message extends far beyond the pages of this remarkable book, using spades, clubs, and diamonds, to touch hearts. Please, just read this book. It's impossible not to reach the back cover changed.