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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.
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.


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
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

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
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
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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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 aro
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
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
Shirley Marr always manages to surprise me.
4 stars and review to come.


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.
First things first, I have to get some disclaimery stuff out of the way: I received a copy of Preloved from the author, because I won a competition to have a cameo in the book. BAM that's right I'm like totes famous. The reason I'm mentioning this is not to brag (much), but so that I won't be accused of sekrit bias. Well, maybe I still will be, minus the sekrit part. But I promise I would have loved this book just as much if I had just randomly picked it up at a book shop. Bookworm's honour.

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
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
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
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
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
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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
jo mo

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.

mom-daughter relationship • sisterhood • ghosts • 80s • pop culture references • single parent • snarky • underdogs • sidekicks • asians • teen • dressing up • mystery • haunting
Steph Bowe
I am back! With a review! Oh, the wonderful things I have in store for you, internet-people who like reading my words!

I was dreading reading Preloved. I find this happens pretty often to me. I find out an author I love has a new book coming out, and I am excited! I read the blurb and see the cover, and I am even more excited because it sounds like exactly the kind of book I would love! I get my hands on aforementioned book! And then I stop.

It's the same when books are incredibly hyped - I expect

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
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
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
Good Golly Miss Holly
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
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.


Did you see it? I feel very cheated for being an Americ
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According to Etsy, anything more than 30 years old is considered to be vintage, meaning that pretty soon, mullets, blue eye shadow and Labyrinth will be able to be found online at horrendously marked up prices, all in the name of a vintage 80s revival. In three years’ time, I’m going to be vintage. Dear God.

But anyway. Though being a child of the 90s was pretty damn’ cool–Captain Planet, tencel jeans and sparkly butterfly hair clips
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,
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
I was so uber lucky to be apart of a book tour. So grateful to 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
Jan 13, 2014 Hallie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
That rating is pretty much shorthand for a lot of wavering, mind-changing and the like, but if you're not interested in the rambling description of my reading experience to follow, you can just have the short version: it grew on me greatly.

I think I saw this book first when Wendy Darling added it - and made it sound well worth reading and was enthusiastic enough to have Marr visit The Midnight Garden. (And, I believe, to give away copies of the book, although I was already too late to benefit fr
Cait Grace

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.
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
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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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