THEY SAY BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

The Heartbreak Messenger

Quentin never asked to be the Heartbreak Messenger, it just kind of happened. The valuable communication service he offers is simple: he delivers break-up messages. For a small fee, he will deliver that message to your soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. If you order the deluxe package, he'll even throw in some flowers and a box of chocolates. You know, to soften the blow...

 

At first, Quentin's entrepreneurial brainchild is surprisingly successful. But as he interacts with clients, message recipients, and his long-time best friend, Abigail, it doesn't take long for him to wonder if his own heart will

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PUBLICATION DATE: July 23, 2012

PUBLISHER: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)

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remain intact. Quentin discovers that the game of love and the emotions that go with it are as complicated as they come--even for an almost innocent bystander.

 

ALEXANDER SAYS...

Don't let the pastel hearts on the cover of this book fool you. It's chock full of manly chest-thumping testosterone. Heck, I cry every time I read it.

I mean, I laugh.

Laugh every time I read it.

Laugh until I cry. Yeah...that's it.

REVIEWERS SAY...

School Library Journal:

     "This clever read will find an audience with both boys and girls." {Read full Starred review}

 

Publisher Weekly:

"The laughs are plentiful in Vance’s debut, between Quentin’s wry voice and the awkward situations the author creates...it’s an entertaining and funny read with a clever conceit."   {Read full review}

Booklist:

"With strong supporting characters and an appealing lead, this funny, feel-good tale is perfect for those beginning to think about dating."

Ms. Yingling Reads:

"Wow! Exactly the sort of book I am asking for all the time. It's funny, it includes romance, and it even includes dead rats, dog poop and a motorcycle/bicycle chase! Awesome! And I even cried a bit at the end. Excellent message about middle school romances which is not heavy handed...It's a bit early, but this may be my nomination for the Cybils Award in the fall."   {Read full review}

 

Random Musings of a Bibliophile:

"The Hearbreak Messenger...is so much fun to read. [It] will have wide appeal. Boys. Girls. Romantics. Anti-Romantics. There is something here for everyone." {Read full review}