Study Guide

I Am the Messenger Love

By Markus Zusak

Love

Love makes us do crazy things, like kiss one of our friends when she isn't interested in us. When Ed kisses Audrey out of the blue, we know things won't end well for him, but if romantic comedies have taught us anything, it's not to give up hope until the very end. I Am the Messenger shows us there are all kinds of love. There's the kind you have for your (wannabe) sweetheart; the kind you have for your buddies; the kind your mom has for you; and even the kind that you have for complete strangers in need of a helping hand. Love, in other words, is all around us.

Questions About Love

  1. Does Audrey love Ed? Do her feelings change throughout the novel? Why or why not?
  2. What is the difference between love and sex in I Am the Messenger? How do Audrey's feelings for her boyfriends compare to those she has for Ed?
  3. Ed's Ma claims she hates him to love him. Is that true? In what ways does she act out of spite or anger? How is her love more genuine than others?

Chew on This

Audrey uses sexual relationships in the place of love so she doesn't have to be vulnerable with Ed.

While Ed's Ma loves her son, she takes her anger at his father out on him.

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