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 heard about this book for the first time only few weeks ago in Little Book Club and I wasn’t impressed with summary but then my friend read it and loved it so I put it on my TBR. I decided I have to read it when I was in the library and found it there. Now I’m so glad I read it, it was amazing and I liked it from the first page. It was great how author managed to use both seriousness and humor at the same time, how he was able to write about serious things but also made this book very funny. I am speechless (not really, but still…). This book is just so good.
I liked Ed from the first page and I totally connected with him. He’s amazing, being in his head is so interesting and the way he approached to all these people and helped them was so great. The more of this book I read, I realized how much I like his character and how I want him to be happy at the end because he really deserved it. He was a person who cared and I wanted someone to care about him, too. I didn’t have any special opinion about Marv but at the end he got my heart and now when I understand him and his reasons, I really like his character. Never expected that from him. Richie was okay, but I couldn’t connect with him, I feel like we didn’t get to know him as well as we did the other characters. I liked Audrey at the beginning but later she started to annoy me. Ed was so in love with her and showed that to her a dozen of times but she ignored him all along because she didn’t want to love anyone, but she didn’t have a problem with having sex with everyone else. I have to say, she was a whore. However, at the end she got a bit better, at least she slept with the same guy every day. But I don’t think she deserves Ed. Nope. The person Ed should have ended up with is Sophie. I expected it to happen throughout the whole book but it didn’t. Huge disappointment. I ship Sophie and Ed so hard! Ed’s mom was such an unloving bitch! I hated her and I felt so sorry for Ed because he was stuck with a mother like that.
I like the idea for this book so much. The plot was really interesting, book was a quick read and I enjoyed it so much. All the things Ed did for all these people he didn’t even know was so beautiful but it touched me the most when he helped Marv to get Suzanne and his daughter back. It was such a beautiful scene, I almost cried. ALMOST! The plot twist at the end was really unexpectable and I have to admit, I didn’t really understand the end. What happened? Who sent all these cards to Ed? Maybe it’s my fault and I didn’t pay attention enough but maybe it’s not that. I have no idea what happened at the end, really. I didn’t get it at all but what I guessed right was that the robber of the bank was in all that all along. However, I absolutely loved the last two sentences they were so poweful, awesome and just perfect. Absolutely fantastic!
I really like Markus Zusak’s writting style. It’s simple, funny (I laughed so much while reading this book) and easy to read but it also gives us a message. I found myself caring so much for every character and just wanted to help them, too. But Ed did pretty well on his own. Very good! Characters are loveable, every one of them has it’s own story and everything wraps up nicely at the end. This book was really amazing and I recommend it to everyone. So good!