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I Am the Messenger
I Am the Messenger | Markus Zusak
By the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellerThe Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love. 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?This book is a 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and recipient of five starred reviews.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Readergrrl
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Now I know why this has been recommended to me over and over by friends and strangers alike. I think this engaging and introspective novel is an allusion to the story of Jesus in the Bible and Ed Kennedy (the MC) to be a conflicted and reluctant Christ-figure (much like Harold Fry in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of HF-though he was more Pilgrim‘s Progress). I read it during an 8 hour road trip which made time fly! Book hangover!! 5/5⭐️ #LMPBC #GroupT

Readergrrl @Kimzey I just mailed it off to you. Sorry for delay, school just started and I‘ve been insanely busy. 🤪 3mo
Readergrrl 1/2 I wanted to add that I think the beauty of this novel is that Ed is about as flawed as any of us, yet he manages to help so many people. He wasn‘t strong, or smart, or even particularly handsome, but he was human and grew in his capacity to empathize with others. This is what made him successful as a “messenger” in his ability to have faith in the message he carried. 3mo
Readergrrl 2/2 As an atheist, I don‘t believe that Jesus was divine, but I do believe he was a real man, perhaps ordinary, but who‘s capacity to love made him extraordinary. If only more people would see that aspect of his humanity and know that we all have that capability. 3mo
vonnie862 Glad you liked it! I highly enjoyed it as well! 3mo
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TheRiehlDeal
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#AlphabetGame
#LetterI

For a debut novel that was followed by one of the best books to be written this century, this was quite good!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my list!! 4mo
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vonnie862
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I just finished reading this one and wow! This was very beautiful! I highly enjoyed Ed's quest in being a messenger and touching people's lives. It had me wondering who was behind everything and had me anticipating each message. I am not so sure about the ending though. I don't think I fully understand it. 4.5⭐️

#boookspinbingo #3 @TheAromaofBooks

Going out soon to the next person.
@Kimzey @Readergrrl @BookishBelle
#LMPBC #GroupT. @suvata

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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vonnie862
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Hard to focus on my book when I'm being stared at.

Note: Ebony likes to place her bed between the living room and the office so she can keep an eye on me and my husband (who works remotely) at the same time.

Cortg Cute! My pup likes to see me on the couch, and the front door at the same time. Animals are funny 😃 5mo
Ruthiella Smart pup! She‘s got both her humans covered! 🐶❤️ 5mo
Tera66 That is so sweet💗 5mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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A mixed bag for me. Balance of passages that were easy/difficult to read. The message is important, but the pay off to the mystery, the framework that sets the protagonist on his journey of good deeds and self-discovery is pretty weak. The will-they, won't-they with the love interest is kind of exhausting, and the protagonist's perspective on the teenage girl footracer is trying for platonic and objective but still feels creepy at times.

Robotswithpersonality P.S. I'm still willing to try the Book Thief as that's definitely what Zusak is known/praised for, and I'm willing to give an author a second chance. 5mo
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vonnie862
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Reading at the dog beach. 🐕

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freeatlast1137
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One day, Ed witnesses a pathetic bank robbery and stops the robber. Since that time, Ed begins to receive an Ace from the card deck with a list of people to give a message to. Each one is different from the next as Ed moves forward with these weird requests.

An enjoyable short novel written by the author of one of my favorite books.

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Teresereading
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The gunman, is useless.
#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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MelKelsey
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Book 75

I listened to I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief. It's funny, lighthearted, and poignant. From an anonymous source, the protagonist, Ed, receives playing cards. He must use the scant information written on them to determine who to help and how to help them. It's a feel-good, uplifting novel everyone should read. 4.5 stars

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Sresendez12
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The first chapter is the absolute best chapter of this book; however, I still really enjoyed listening to this one! I know that if I were given some of the messages and tasks, I would have never been able to figure them out or complete them. A very interesting book! 80 points plus 10 for a book about best friends for #littenlisten plus it‘s letter #z for #litsyatoz

staci.reads I love this book! 1y
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ErinMiller
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Last year, I read "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. Because I enjoyed that book so much and at the recommendation of a friend, I decided to pick this book up by the same author. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had an interesting plot with some unpredictable twists and turns, some pleasant, some not so much, but they all came together to offer a beautiful ending. It was an easy and enjoyable read, "compulsively readable" as stated on the cover.

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AmyG
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Hooray! It arrived safely. Thank you, my friend. I love this author and can‘t wait to read it! 🎉🎉🎉🎉😘
@CBee

CBee Finally, almost a month later 😂😂😂 I hope you love it! ♥️ 2y
bookslesstravelled This is such a fun read! I thought the story was super interesting! Hope you like it! 👍 2y
AmyG Thanks @bookslesstravelled I think I will. @CBee All our gifts are arriving late-but getting there nonetheless. 🙌🏻 (edited) 2y
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CBee @AmyG that‘s what matters! 😁👏🏻 2y
Come-read-with-me I loved this book! 2y
bookaholic1 Great book!! 2y
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AmyK1
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Ed Kennedy is a bit of a loser-an underachieving cab driver who stinks at cards and is hopelessly in love with his best friend Audrey. Shortly after he stops a bank robber the Aces start coming. And everything changes. I loved this! It was my #bookspin book for September @TheAromaofBooks

Also letter Z for #litsyAtoZ

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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AmyK1
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The 2nd of the month means #bookspin day! These are mine for September. Tagged is #bookspin and The Bookshop is #doublespin

@TheAromaofBooks

Melismatic I am the Messenger is so great!!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I love the cover for The Bookshop! 2y
MsMelissa I enjoyed The Bookshop. 2y
AmyK1 @Melismatic I loved The Book Thief so looking forward to I am the Messenger 😊 2y
AmyK1 @Book_Fiend_Melissa Awesome! I had never heard of it till I saw it at the bookstore and decided it needed to come home with me 😉 2y
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bookaholic1
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#77
I loved this book and took my time reading it. The characters will drag you in, each one is a message that Ed Kennedy has to deliver, he has no clue as to who is giving him the Aces with clues for him to find. I have to say, I haven't read a book that I wanted to read slowly in a while.

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perfectsinner
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Well, like The Book Thief, this book ripped my heart out, but in a completely different way. Definitely on my to buy list now. 5 star

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perfectsinner
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Y'all, I'm really digging I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak! Just as good as The Book Thief. ❤️🤓📚 I have maybe a quarter of the book left.
I sure hope I enjoy Bridge of Clay as well.

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perfectsinner
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Finally received my first curbside library pick up order. I hope I like both as much as The Book Thief ❤️

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Yanya
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My favorite author! He is the Messenger!

Graciouswarriorprincess Omg! Cute babies! Kittens!! 3y
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Blueberry
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1. A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
2. I am the Messenger by Markus Zuzak
3. Sheltering-at-Home, reading, watching movies with family, freezer cooking

@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

AvidReader25 It‘s been a few years since I read I Am Messenger, but I love his writing style! 3y
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CBee
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“....... if a guy like you can stand up and do what you did for all those people, well, maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they‘re capable of. Maybe even I can.”
This book rocked me! Such a powerful message about how even the most ordinary, unassuming people can change the tiny part of the world they live in. Beautiful! Thank you again, @Deardaze ♥️♥️ Really loved this!!

Mirazzles I love this book! 📖 3y
Deardaze Sorry I‘m a week late! I‘m glad you loved it so much!! It truly is one of my favorite books I‘ve ever had the pleasure of reading. 🥰 3y
CBee @Deardaze no worries! Good to hear from you 😁 Definitely have recommended this book to a few folks! Really loved it ♥️ 3y
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TheRiehlDeal
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Another great book by Zusak! Didn't think it would be as good as The Book Theif, but I'd say it's on par with it. The plot was great and the characters were well thought out.

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TheRiehlDeal
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Going to start the first of the three books I got for #SantaThing. I really liked The Book Thief, so hopefully this one is great too. 🤞

#currentlyreading

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CBee
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@Deardaze eek, thank you! This second #santathing package showed up today ♥️ Thanks again for the wonderful books! Happy holidays to you ♥️♥️

Scochrane26 I liked I Am The Messenger. 3y
CBee @Scochrane26 it looks great! Looking forward to reading it. 3y
Deardaze Ah I really hope you like it! It‘s kinda off the path of what you normally like(I think 😅) but I love it with all my soul and wanted to share it 💕🎁 3y
CBee @Deardaze it actually sounds right up my alley! Can‘t wait to read it 😁 Thank you again!! 3y
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cmarie
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Work's letting us bring in books as the work load quietens down for the winter so Zusak and Oswald the otter are keeping me company 😂

BookwormM What a cutie 3y
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thebluestocking
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📚 I need to reread this one.
🛏 Yep!
🍕 Nope!
👟 Nine.
💙 Thanks for the tag, @Stacypatrice.

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

Buechersuechtling Oh yes‼️ I really was tempted to tag “I am the Messenger”. I loved it. 😊 (edited) 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi Jessica! Haven't heard from you for a long time! How are you? Hope you and your family are doing well :) happy fall and happy Halloween to you all! ❤️ 3y
thebluestocking @Buechersuechtling It‘s so good! 💙 3y
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thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi, Jee! Thanks so much for checking in. I am well. I‘m enjoying the fall weather. 🍁 How are you? It looks like you reading is going pretty well. 💙 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @thebluestocking it's doing OK :) good reads so far thank you! Happy to know you're doing well! Was wondering if you received my previous mail to you? 3y
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz I just went back and looked through my letters. The last thing I have from you is post-marked in June. Did you send something more recently? (I think I responded to the June one, but I‘ve had to take a bit of a break from sending letters.) (edited) 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @thebluestocking I'm not sure when but it's one I included a HP Keychain for you. Was hoping it got to you safely coz I know you're a fan. Hope my memory didn't fail me :) 3y
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz I definitely got that one!! And if I didn‘t let you know and respond, I‘m so sorry!! I thought I had. But let me say, I am a huge fan and totally love the keychain. 💙 Thank you so much for sending it!!! 3y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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The husband and I met Markus Zusak tonight. He is super nice and funny, also he is Australian so listening to him read a passage from The Bridge of Clay was no hardship. 😍

#authorsigning #powellbooks

GypsyKat So cool! 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker @GypsyKat matt was so excited to meet him. He listened to the audiobook of The Book Thief and loved it. 3y
GypsyKat The Book Thief was excellent! 3y
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Maike
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Not sure how I feel about the ending, but it was a really enjoyable read. Totally different from The Book Thief, but nonetheless a book well worth your time. I should get to Bridge of Clay soonish I guess - but there are so many other books to read....

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Melismatic
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Ok, so - snaps and kudos to #LitsyAtoZ!

I picked this up to score a #Z for my list — and left with a great read that made me think and a new author to look into. Bravo, Bravo!

Highly recommend. ♦️♣️♠️♥️

#LetterZ

thebluestocking This is one of my favorite books! I‘m so glad you liked it. 💙💙 3y
Melismatic @thebluestocking it was *so* good and I sped thru it! Need to read more of this author. 3y
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Maike
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Bridge of Clay has been sitting on my shelf unread since it‘s publication week, and it has been obviously more than a year. So I figured I should at least narrow my unread Zusaks down to one. So far, it‘s really heartwarming and funny.

VioletBramble I preordered Bridge of Clay and still haven‘t read it. If I don‘t get to it this year it will be the first book of 2020. 3y
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Melismatic
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When your book breaks fourth wall...

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Melismatic
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I am taking #LitsyAtoZ very seriously. Only picked this one out to cross Z off my list. #LetterZ #Z

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OvyReadz
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This book had a very perfect start and a good enough ending! The word building was great and the narration was amazing. The premise was pretty interesting and I was very much intrigued to follow the lead throughout his journey with the cards and clues but somehow in the middle of the story, I felt the pace slow down and it took a great deal of patience from me to complete the book. The author is still my fav

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MatchlessMarie
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I went to Kerrville to hang out with my sister @hollynations today I acquired these after a stop to a bookstore and a few antique shops. 📚🤑

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Margot0817
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An easy read with a complex story. There's not much I can say without giving away details but I will say that if you feel like you're worthless or you need a self confidence boost or a reality check I recommend reading this book. You'll see how greatly you may impact someone else's life and it may help you make a shift in your own life.

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LogiKitty
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At first, I felt hopeless reading this book, then I realized the whole point. We can bring comfort and happiness by simple acts of kindness. But we first have to pay attention to the people around us. We have to notice their pains and struggles. We have to prioritize the health of humanity over our selfish perceptions and ways that we disagree. We need to treat others like they're important, and we need to help one another. Even in simple ways.

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LogiKitty
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"Thanks for at least trying, Ed." ?

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booksaremyfavorite
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A young cabdriver named Ed. He is in love with his best friend Audrey, drinks coffee with his dog, and plays cards with his friends. Nobody thinks he‘ll amount to much. He happens to be at a bank that gets robbed, stops the robber, and then the first ace arrives in his mailbox. Great read!

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Jeg
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My second read of this I realised when I started it. I enjoyed it and loved the messages. Heard that a friend‘s daughter studied it at high school . Would be great for that. I can imagine the discussion it could generate. He is becoming another great Aussie writer.👏👏👏 @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop I read and liked this one too 😊👏. 3y
RaimeyGallant You read such interesting books! 3y
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AntoinetteBuchanan
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An extraordinary book about and ordinary man. Finished after a lovely afternoon.

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amyrohn
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Needed something to read on the train ride back to nyc so I‘m giving this one a reread!

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Special_K
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I want words at my funeral.

But I guess that means you need life in your life.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 4y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 3y
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Blueberry
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Thanks for the tag @tournevis
#WonderousWednesday @Eggs

1. The Messenger
2. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
3. Goodreads
4. Two pics. Left: wild purse of @NataliePatalie
Right: my new tattoo
5. @nataliepatalie @DebinHawaii @Reggie

julesG 😍😍😍😍 That tattoo 4y
j.rye 😍😍😍 I love your tattoo so much. 4y
DebinHawaii Great tattoo! Thank you for the tag 😘it's been ages since I have joined in on one of these. 4y
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DoubleI
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The plot was violent and I‘m not a huge fan of that, but the dog. The dog. I fell in love with the dog. He was a minor character but I also enjoyed the main character and his struggle. Overall I really like Zuzak‘s sweetness as a writer-the love he has for his flawed characters.

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samnreader
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Ok, first litsy goes then reviews, then reading ...

And I haven't been reading. I did finish this though and it was more than I thought it would be. I also reviewed it on GR AND called it a strange blend of the Stranger and Pay it Forward...or something

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Abby2
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Great fun. Such an Australian voice and uplifting story. Really good.

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