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Preloved

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If you had a second chance at love, would you do it all over again?

Amy has enough to deal with for one lifetime. A superstitious Chinese mother. A best friend whose mood changes as dramatically as her hair colour. A reputation for being strange. The last thing she needs is to be haunted by someone only she can see.

Logan is a ghost from the Eighties. He could be dangerous.
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Black Dog Books/Walker Books
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Wendy Darling
Join us on the blog today for a Poolside Birthday Party Vlog with the adorable Shirley Marr! We have three copies of PRELOVED to give away, along with a beautiful sterling silver locket necklace just like the one in the book.

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I had a horrible sensation in my stomach only because, like, a billion things could go wrong when you try to tell a girl that her Eighties-flavoured boyfriend from a past life was trying to hook back up wit
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Shirley Marr
Jul 02, 2012 Shirley Marr marked it as written-by-me  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: aussie-ya
What did you think? asks Goodreads. I'm the author! I wrote this book! It's as awesome as this book...



I lie.

Nothing can be more awesome than that book.

My book has an 80's flavour, but it's never going to be as rad as that blond dude's haircut and his grey+grey colour scheme.

In my own words...

Preloved is a ghost story. It involves past lives. It's about a modern teen girl and a dead teen boy from the 80s. It's more a bad romance, less of a love story. And it's more abnormal than paranormal! Sinc
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karen

i am sneaking this one in in the middle of my readventurer challenge - shhhh...

wow, i seem to be on a roll with reading sweet sweet books lately. and i don't mean this to be disparaging, but this book is truly a sweetie-pie almost-love-story.

and at first, i wasn't into it, i must confess. blame my need for the darkness and the edginess, but this one was so fast-paced, and was reading like the younger-range of YA, and i kept peering at it, trying to make out some of the bitchiness from fury. my
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Flannery
When I found out that Preloved involved ghosts, I immediately wondered what I’d gotten myself into because ghosts and I just don’t get along. If a movie with ghosts is in the theaters and my friends want to go see it, my face starts to have this weird twitch and then my voice raises a few octaves. "Oh that one? Oh, I've heard it is, like, TERRIBLE. Like worse than that Adam Sandler movie where he plays a guy and a girl. Worse than the worst Lifetime movie ever was. No I'm not just saying that be ...more
Steph Sinclair

I have to admit, Preloved truly surprised me. After finally getting a hold of Fury, I wasn't entirely sure how Preloved and I would get along because Paranormal Romances with ghosts usually make me want to roll my eyes. However, in Preloved's case it worked really well for me. In fact, there is something really special about Shirley Marr's sophomore novel because while the blurb sounds strictly PNR, it gives off a very strong contemporary feel at the same time. I actually found myself enjoying P
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Jo
Apr 22, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, down-under, own, 2012
You know what it’s like when you have a conversation with one of your bffs and you think “Oh mate, I wish someone was filming this because we are so ridiculously hilarious”? That’s how I feel when I talk to Shirley Ms Marr. If I could bottle Shirley’s Ms Marr’s personality and put it in a super soaker so I could spray passing gloomy people I would do it in a heartbeat.

Preloved read like a transcript of one of our conversations.
But instead of it being one of those private joke conversations that
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Melanie
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4.5 stars

"There is no ending to this story because, as I've realised, stories don't have endings, only beginnings."

Amy hasn't had the easiest life. She lives with her superstitious single Chinese mother with barely enough money to feed themselves. Her 'best friend', Rebecca doesn't exactly help either; her mood changes as rapidly as her hair colour. Rebecca seems to attract all the boys, and Amy has always just been that nameless girl who follows Rebecca ar
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Mimi Valentine
This book defines the word adorable, brings a new definition to the word contemporary, and manages to mix hilarious and heartwarming scenes with the perfect degree of effectiveness! In other words, Preloved stole my heart and I'm not demanding it back anytime soon.

Preloved revolves around Amy, your classic sidekick girl. She's in love with The Princess Bride, has an amusingly superstitious Chinese mother, and has best friend that she believes will be the heroine of a story someday. Except instea
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Mands
Preloved by Shirley Marr is set in the fictional town of Middlemore (loosely based on Perth, Australia). Amy Lee is 16 and lives with her mother above their vintage store, Buy Gones. Amy attends Middlemore High school with her best and only friend Rebecca.

Rebecca drops by one morning, dressed as Kylie Minogue, because their school has been raising money for the end-of-year ball by holding fancy dress days once a week in exchange for a donation and this week the theme is the Eighties. Amy is dres
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Limonessa
May 02, 2012 Limonessa rated it really liked it
Shirley Marr always manages to surprise me.
4 stars and review to come.



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So I'm reading Preloved and incidentally I see Kylie Minogue on the paper today:



Look closer... she's wearing these:


Another detail:


Apparently, the shoes spit fire.
She really is stuck. In the 80s, I mean.
Molly
Dec 30, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it
Delightful mix of sweetness and sadness.

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Thank you book, for pulling me from the one-day-and-a-half reading slump, caused by Charm & Strange (fortunately I bounced right back up)!

“I unwrapped the fresh flowers left on the front mat and arranged it in the basket of the vintage bicycle that Mum kept out the front. I wasn’t even sure the bike even worked; it’s only ever served as a glorified vase. Like most of the things in Mum’s shop, Buy Gones, it was old or unwanted or broken or all of the a
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Anna
I don't usually bother with the paranormal YA reads most of the time as I'm more of a lover of the contemporary YA stuff and I have more than enough of that at the moment to keep me busy for the next, oh, several decades, I reckon. BUT, when I read a few lovely bits about this one over at Wear The Old Coat, Vegan YA Nerds and The Readventurer, my interest was well and truly caught in it's ghostly looking literary net.

A contemporary/paranormal/possibly slightly historical (?) YA. And an Aussie on
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Jenna
I loved this book. Like any good nerd, I have a passion for '80s pop culture. Preloved not only features a protagonist with an affinity for '80s pop culture (we first meet her when she is dressed up as Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride - be still my heart!), but it also features a ghost from the '80s. A hot boy ghost from the '80s. Oh heeeey there Preloved, I think you might be my book soul mate. Can we be BFFs?

Speaking of BFFs, Amy is, like, totally tubular. She was feisty and smart, b
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oliviasbooks
3.5 stars. *** You might come across something you consider as spoilers reading my review.***
"Amy, remember that if you get lost in a forest and the ghosts trick you into thinking every direction looks the same – take your undies off, put them over your head and spin around in a circle. Then your path will be clear."
Shirley Marr's second novel, Preloved, is thoroughly peppered with indispensable pieces of wisdom like this endearing warning the heroine's mother sends her daughter off to school
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Monica
2.5 STARS!

Okay, I don't usually give half stars, but today is an exception for this book. I want to be straight - this is not a supremely negative review. I did not hate the book. In fact there were some really nice things about it. But it just doesn't quite make it to 3 stars for me. The main reason?

I think it was the writing style and language used. You know, there are some YA books that really work across the age board, but I feel this one in particular was aimed directly at young teens. It
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Heidi
Aug 20, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
Amy’s always been the sidekick to her best friend Rebecca, and she likes it that way. She doesn’t have to worry about all the guys loving her, and all the girls hating her; she can focus all of her energy into being Rebecca’s go-to gal and dealing with her superstitious Chinese mother. Amy certainly wouldn’t have planned to find a locket containing the ghost of a boy from the 80s that only she could see–especially not when that locket was meant for someone else. Now Amy has to deal with Logan, w ...more
Sakina
Actual rating- 3.5

If you are going to read this review or if you are not going to read it, especially if you are not going to read it, at least check this book ( Preloved) out!

You know those books, which aren't that popular but ought to be popular? Preloved is one such book.

Amy Lee is a sixteen year old girl, who finds a locket and with it an 18th century ghost, Logan, who wants Amy's help to reconcile with his sweetheart Stacey which is Amy's friend Rebecca. Or is that his aim?

I could conn
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Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
See this review and more on The Moonlight Library!

Preloved has one of the coolest concepts on the block (a ghost from the Eighties? It was only the so-daggy-it's-cool era), and add to that major bonus points for a YA heroine who's Chinese.

However the startling brevity in which this tale was told left me breathless and a little disappointed. The book could have easily been twice as long with a little description added.

Perhaps it was the narrative style itself that didn't gel with me, but I didn't
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jesse
3.25/5

i love eating cold watermelon slices and licking off the juice that dribbles on my fingers. preloved pretty much is that equivalent. there for a good time.

tags:
mom-daughter relationship • sisterhood • ghosts • 80s • pop culture references • single parent • snarky • underdogs • sidekicks • asians • teen • dressing up • mystery • haunting
Heidi
Jun 20, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Four stars: A coming of age story with a sweet ghostly romance and eighties flashbacks!

Amy heads to school with her best pal Rebecca. It is an eighties themed dress up day at school. Amy is dressed as Buttercup from her favorite movie,The Princess Bride, while the lovely Rebecca with her blue hair looks stunning as pop star Kylie Minogue. Amy is used to being in Rebecca's shadow. Rebecca with her striking looks, turns all the boys' heads. Today is no different as they reach the fountain that is
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Michelle
I think the best way to sum up Shirley Marr's Preloved is to say, whatever you are expecting? It isn't that. Not exactly, anyway. I read tons of reviews that try to explain. Marr says it herself when she describes it as "more a bad romance, less of a love story. And it's more abnormal than paranormal," but still, I went in thinking I knew what it would be. I was wrong, and I was blown away. I tore open my manila mailer, seated myself on the couch, and started reading. I sort of grunted incoheren ...more
Tracy
May 27, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it


This is three and a half stars. It's really a delightful way to spend a few hours. It tells the story of sixteen year old Amy Lee. She is the self described sidekick of the beautiful Rebecca. A petite Asian girl who doesn't really fit in, not with the other Asian kids at her school, not with anyone. Even Amy and Rebecca don't really fit together even though they are BFF's. Amy finds a locket a silver heart with the picture of a boy in it. Unfortunately the locket was really meant for Rebecca. B
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Nicole
I feel like this review is a bit sloppy and doesn't adequately convey how much I loved Preloved. It's more like a high 4.5 stars than a full 5, though, and I'll get to why eventually. But first I'd like to share with you the Mr Matey commercial that plays such a pivotal part in this novel. I'll wait.

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Did you see it? I feel very cheated for being an Americ
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Cait (Paper Fury)
Oh... I almost cried. It rang sweet... sweet, sad, and wonderfully un-soppy. I could have rejoiced.

Perhaps one of the most appealing elements: Amy and Logan quote movies. What's not to love? The saddest line in the entire book could be, "As you wish." (That's, of course, very handy for the author, since she didn't have to think it up.) I loved all the references to The Princess Bride. I loved that movie. And Amy must be a genius. If school is having an eighties dress-up day, dress as Buttercup.
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Good Golly Miss Holly
Aug 05, 2012 Good Golly Miss Holly rated it really liked it
Good Golly Miss Holly
If you were ever a fan of Ghost Whisperer or Gilmore Girls, you're going to be very fond of Preloved. It's a mash-up of 80's pop culture and Chinese superstition all rolled into one!

Poor Amy is a little bored with her high school routine. She simply cannot see how amazing her life is right now. Her days are filled with helping out at her mothers antique store while also suffering through the old wives tales she offers up as advice to almost any willing ear. Then there are the longing stares fro
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TheBookSmugglers
Jul 24, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it really liked it
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers


"I thought about Mum’s vintage shop. How she believed that if she found something broken and lovingly put it back together, that someone would come along and love it again."

16-year-old Chinese-Australian Amy Lee walks into her own story dressed up as The Princess Bride’ Buttercup and I love her already. It’s Eighties Theme Day at her school and as she makes her way there with her BFF Rebecca dressed as Kylie Minogue (and trying to avoid three Jason Do
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Sarah
Jul 07, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
if you're wanting a gripping, edge of your seat, passionate romantic thriller, this book is not that. This book is more lounging, feet propped up on the table, read casually as you're listening Come On Eileen. And honestly I find that very refreshing! I find Shirley Marr has certain knack for capturing the teen voice very well. You think that would be a given, seeing as she's a YA author, but in all the YA I've devoured in my short life it's more of a rarity than you'd think. The writing, overal ...more
Wendy
I was excited to take part in my first ever blog tour and the lucky book for me was: Preloved, by Shirley Marr. Thanks to the lovely ladies at The Readventurer for including me!

Now of course, Shirley is a delightful person, and I would expect her books to be just as charming.

And it was.

Preloved is a lighthearted look at reincarnation, crushes, the Awesome 80's, circle's of friends and Chinese mothers who are not exactly Tiger Moms, but more like Professor Trelawney if she ran a 2nd hand store,
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Sally
I absolutely LOVED this book to pieces. I want to read it again and again! And I suck for not reviewing it sooner, but I finished it just before I moved house and all the packing and unpacking kind of took over my world :( So now I'm sadly a little vaguer than I'd like to be on all the many things that made me love it. Oh well, means I really do have to read it again!

I LOVED that it was Australian, first of all. And I loved Amy's crazy superstitious Chinese mother. I loved their house and their
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Vivien
May 21, 2012 Vivien rated it really liked it
I was so uber lucky to be apart of a book tour. So grateful to http://www.thereadventurer.com/ for hosting it!!

This book is a ghost story, filled with some contemporary and tons of 80's nostalgia.

Amy is your typical loner. She has a best friend in Rebecca who gets all the attention from the guys. The kind of girl that is the 'fantasy girl' of a teenage guys dream. So naturally, Amy falls into the role of side-kick and is always in the shadows.

Amy's mother is a little quirky. She's Chinese and
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Shirley Marr is an Australian author of contemporary Young Adult fiction who specialises in “writing about and for Little Lady Macbeths”. She arrived on the scene in 2010 when her manuscript was plucked out of a slush pile and published by Black Dog Books (now an imprint of Walker Books). The resulting novel, Fury, is a dark and funny murder story narrated by a petulant sixteen-year-old mean girl ...more
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