Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance

The Heartbreak MessengerI probably should not have enjoyed this book, but I did. Quentin is a seventh grader, and he's created a job delivering break-up messages for high schoolers. It seems the boys want to avoid the drama and tears that would come if they spoke to the girls themselves. The first message isn't too bad, but some of the jobs don't go smoothly or include special requests. Flowers, candy, and dead rats cost extra. Quentin makes some money, but his emotions start getting mixed up when Abby, one of his best friends, starts dating a boy in the art club.

The plot and conflict are uncommon, so that may be what appealed to me. I don't think this is the best way to deal with relationships. Quentin seems to have no feelings, but the author is able to show that's not the case. He's inexperienced with girlfriends, so he's just now starting to learn about them. All of us will need to deal with the issue someday.

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