Ed Kennedy is your average 19-year-old slacker. He’s a smart kid with lots of potential, but he chooses to drive a cab only because it’s an easy way to make ends meet.
He drives his cab, reads, hangs out with his smelly dog, helps out his mother when she needs it (and takes her verbal abuse), pines for his best friend and plays cards. Under it all, Ed lives an “I wish ___________ would happen,” life.
The book opens with Ed and his friends experiencing a bank robbery. After the strange end to the scary situation, Ed receives a card in the mail – the ace of diamonds. On that card are three addresses, the first message.
Ed is suddenly responsible for making a big impact on the lives of others. Along the way, he learns that these people make an even bigger impact on his life.
I loved, loved, loved this book. There were times it made me tear up and times it made me laugh out loud. Ed is an easy character to get behind and root for – wanting him to figure out who is behind the messages and why he’s been chosen to receive and act on them.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this book a five-star rating is the end. I have no intention of spoiling it for others, but it made me scratch my head. It was interesting, but I’m not sure I liked it. Because of that, I can’t say I loved the entire book. I loved 95 percent of the book, but unfortunately, that unloved 5 percent is pretty important.
Up next: “How to Buy a Love of Reading,” by Tanya Egan Gibson