The Heartbreak Messenger

Alexander Vance

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Breaking up is hard to do—so why not pay someone to do it for you?

Twelve-year-old Quentin never asked to be the Heartbreak Messenger. It just kind of happened, and he can’t let a golden opportunity pass him by. The valuable communication service he offers is simple: He delivers breakup messages. For a small fee, he will deliver that message to your soon-to-be ex. 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, which is great, because he suspects his mom, who works as a car mechanic, is worried about money. But as he interacts with clients, message recipients, and his best friend, Abigail, it doesn’t take long for him to wonder if his own heart will remain intact. In The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance, 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.

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Chapter 1
 
 
I didn’t choose to be the Heartbreak Messenger. Not really. I was just trying to make a few honest bucks and help a guy out. I definitely didn’t choose the name. I don’t know who did. It just started floating around and eventually stuck. Me? I would’ve gone for something more professional and less … girly.
Speaking of girls, I should probably tell you something about myself right off the bat—and it’s embarrassing, so you can pretty much count on it being true. I’m not exactly what you would call a “ladies’

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"When his best friend’s brother wants to break up with his girlfriend but doesn’t know how, Quentin agrees to do it for him for $20. He never expects it to turn into a business, but after being successful and taking the ex’s advice to soften the blow with flowers and chocolate, he becomes the heartbreak messenger. . . This clever read will find an audience with both boys and girls." - School Library Journal, starred review

"The laughs are plentiful in Vance’s debut. . . . Overall it’s an entertaining and funny read with a clever conceit." —Publishers Weekly

 "Breaking up is hard to do, but not if you have the Heartbreak Messenger do it for you. . . .With strong supporting characters and an appealing lead, this funny, feel-good tale is perfect for those beginning to think about dating." -- Booklist


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Alexander Vance

Alexander Vance works as a film and video editor. The Heartbreak Messenger is his fiction debut. He lives in Upstate New York with his family.

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The Heartbreak Messenger
Alexander Vance

Hardcover

Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
July 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250029690
ISBN10: 1250029694
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$16.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
June 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250044167
ISBN10: 1250044162
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 304 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$7.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Feiwel & Friends
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250042439
ISBN10: 1250042437
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$5.70
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