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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,142 ratings  ·  221 reviews
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 or
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Square Fish (first published July 2013)
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Ms. Yingling
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quentin's pretty content to hang out with his best friends Rob and Abby, eat dinner with his mom at the repair shop where she works, and just get by, but when Rob's brother offers him $20 to tell his girlfriend they're through, Quentin thinks it's not a bad idea. It's an easy $20, and the girl gives him great advice (page 23): "Someday when you break up with a girl of your own, you're going to want to use flower and chocolates. Flowers at least say 'Thanks for the memories.' And chocolate, well, ...more
Izzy H
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theme that I think goes good with the stories is you might get yourself into something and it not be good for you. I chose this because in the story the main character becomes a messenger but then after a while he has to give a message to his best friend and he knows she may not like it.
May Abbey
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is outside my genre. Anyone who knows me knows that I love clean romance. Romance is my bread and butter. But when I got the opportunity to read this book, I have to admit that I was instantly sucked in. Haha. The last sentence of the synopsis gave me a promise for romance and that was enough to push me to open the book.

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. Quentin disc
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Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

One look at the cover was all it took to hook me in. Then the premise, a boy who carries break up messages for a fee, sealed the deal. The Hearbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance is so much fun to read.

Quentin is a delightful main character. He is savvy enough to take advantage of a great business idea, yet so clueless when it comes to understanding relationships. He is not completely in his money making scheme for selfish reasons, but he
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Jeff Raymond
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Closer to a 3.5 only because of the massive dangling threads at the end of the story. Spoilers in the third paragraph, everyone.

The book is a great conceit about a kid who learns he can make money by breaking up with people for them. Soon, he's created a little universe for himself where he can make money doing these breakups and maybe help his mom pay a few bills along the way. Of course, he's oblivious to his female friend's desires, and he sees how his divorced mom is hurting, so things are c
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Laura Mauro
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I gave this book 3.5 stars*
I really enjoyed this book. I found it very cute. I thought for a middle grade book it was very well done and did not have over dramatic characters. I really loved the premise and the characters. It was a tad predicable but a fun read over like 2 days. I really hoped there was sequel but alas not yet. Overall such a cute read and would rec for a feb. read.
Amorette Novoa
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like I love this book called the heartbreaker messenger it’s a really good book at first Quentin’s entrepreneurial brainchild is surprisingly successful which is great because the kid suspects his mom it also has a lot of emotion so if you like books that have a motion this is the book for you
Yewon kim
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book is about boy name Quentin. and he was working for the peoples that they need to break up with their love. and Quentin was in love too. he was love with the one he was best friends in second grade. and he figures out he is never going to do this job anymore. but he was always don't want any girlfriend now. because his father was so bad person he was leaving mom when Quentin was six years old. and he always doesn't think a girlfriend early. and it was some funny adventure for money.haha
Pretty in Fiction
The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance took me by surprise. I expected it to be a cute, quick read. What I didn't expect was to stay up much too late because I just couldn't put the book down. I don't usually read middle grade novels, but since this one seemed on the cusp of young adult I gave it a shot, and I'm so glad I did.

One thing that made The Heartbreak Messenger stand out for me was the solid business strategies of thirteen year old Quentin. Seriously. This kid could be one of the s
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Brook
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, fiction, kids
I got this book at school in fifth grade and I read it all the time. I rarely ever did that. I loved it. Now, it's okay, but that's because I'm almost a high schooler. This was a good book, though. It did not disappoint fifth grade me.
Autumn K
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I thought it was really good. I liked the ending, I thought it was funny, but also kinda cute.
Tabitha Reece
i love it you should read it.
Angie
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loads of fun. A perfect "starter romance." In a middle school library in a heartbeat. Wouldn't hesitate to give it to most fifth graders and a few fourth graders, either.
Leah M
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was so good! It's a great read for both guys and girls! I loved it, and can't wait to read the next book that Alexander Vance writes.
Jordan
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
BEST BOOK EVER YOU HAVE TO READ THIS
Maya Newman
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Title: The Heartbreak Messenger
Author Alexander Vance
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3.2/5

The heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance tells an intriguing story of Quentin or the heartbreak messenger. He has two best friends and they have grown up and lived in the same town their whole lives. One day one of Quentin's best friend brother asked him for a favor. Which was will you break up with my girlfriend for me. That's who the whole heartbreak messenger thing started.Then one of Quentin's best friends Ab
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J.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started this book with the expectation that I wouldn't like it or probably wouldn't even finish it. I was only reading it to see if it was appropriate for my 9 yo to read, who bought it as part a large lot of used books. I was pleasantly surprised! Rather than the high school melodrama I was expecting, I discovered a sweet and funny story about friendship and the value of waiting to start serious relationships until one is older and more mature... Even if you like someone, this book shows the ...more
Marieke Steiner
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great and I didn't want it to end. It seemed like a natural first novel in a series or a prequel to another tale in which the main character, Quentin, becomes a matchmaker, or starts a matchmaking service. It could be called "The Heartthrob Connection" or something similar. I hope the author keeps writing and turning out more books that follow these young characters' lives, into high school or beyond.
Kristie Casanova
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this up at the library. It looked like a middle school level book, but it also looked like a cut, easy read. Quentin, an entrepreneurial 7th grader, delivers breakup messages for a fee.

The book totally feels like something I would've read in 6th grade. No unexpected twists, no life-changing writing, but it was enjoyable enough. I'd recommend it for 5th or 6th grade accelerated readers, or for 7th or 8th reluctant readers.
Ashley De Jonghe
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very good book becasue it had realistic fiction about how a boy earns money by breaking up with people... for them. This story tells a tale that is a page turner and I could not put it down.
Samantha  Buchheit
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I read this a long time ago and I read it again for Valentine's Day because I forgot the book doesn't even involve Valentine's Day! It's actually set in autumn! Anyways, the book was an easy read and it was still pretty good even though I'm a little old for it (the characters are in seventh grade)!
Trina
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
My 11 yr old daughter brought this one home and asked me to read it aloud to her and her sister. They both thought it was hilarious and loved listening to the story. I found it offered a lot of conversation opportunities for being kind to people around you.
Ella
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was relatively easy to read but it was very cute and I enjoyed it very much! ...more
Mandi Murphy
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I love this book so much! I read it immediately following an intense YA book with a serious topic and this was just what the doctor ordered. Everything about it was just right and I closed the cover at the end feeling the kind of good I only get from the best books.
Jesten
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very cute. I loved the main character Quentin and his friends. The narration and plot line were very entertaining.
Corban
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I rate it 5 stars.
Grace Mathieu
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Cute, light read!
Alexandra
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a very good book that I will recommend it.
Scarlet
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade
Kid delivers breakup messages.
Galion Public Library Teens
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Review by C.N. : "Quentin gets paid for breaking up people. Crazy but also sad."
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