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Out of Heart

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Donating your heart is the most precious gift of all.

Adam is a teenage boy who lives with his mum and younger sister. His dad has left them although lives close by. His sister no longer speaks. His mum works two jobs. Adam feels the weight of the world upon his shoulders.

Then his grandfather dies and in doing so he donates a very precious gift - his heart.

William is the r
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Published April 20th 2017 by Hot Key Books
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
T/W- Death, Hospital Scenes, Discrimination

First of all, this story does revolve around a heart transplant and organ donation. As a reader who has personally experienced a loved one, receiving a kidney transplant, I was generally thrilled to see this topic being portrayed in YA Fiction. However, the writing style fell flat for me, the pacing was extremely choppy with short chapters and lots of pauses throughout. One of the characters is a POC (his name is Adam), whose Grandfather passes away, h
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

I was really intrigued by Out of Heart by Irfan Master when I first heard about it. There have been a few YA books that deal with heart transplants, but for the most part, they are romances focusing on the grief of a girl losing her boyfriend, and slowly finding love again in the guy who now has his heart. With Out of Heart, however, it's the story of how a boy, Adam's grandfather dies and donates his heart, which goes to a man William, and how William a
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not really for me.
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'he draws it as he sees it and not necessarily as it should be'

I received a free copy of this book from Allen & Unwin on behalf of Bonnier in exchange for an honest review

Out of Heart was heartfelt and covered important topics such as grief, racism and organ donation, but the slow-pacing, and plot fell short for me.

This story follows Adam, a young boy with a sister who cannot speak, a Mother who works two jobs, and a
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Age – 12+

Adam’s family is struggling. They have just lost his grandfather and learned that he donated his heart – given to someone else who needed it after he died.

Adam’s mum hasn’t cried yet, and he’s worried about that.

Adam’s little sister Farah still doesn’t speak, preferring to sign instead.

Adam blames himself.

This story could be bleak. It could be dark and depressing and leave you wishing you never picked it up. It is the opposite.

Yes, life is tough. Mum has to work two jobs. They are griev
E L E A N O R (bookishcourtier)

As much I appreciate the idea of this book, it kind of...didn't work for me. Well, hey, it was just really boring and didn't really go anywhere. I napped. And then I kind of didn't absorb half of it because when a book gets boring you just kind of skim, you know? I stopped caring on page 3 or something and reading this whole book was a bit of a drag.

So I liked the idea of this book. Kind of. I mean, I have read other books before about heart transplants that
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I love that the family is a Pakistani Muslim family living in England. I loved the premise. However, add 200 pages to this book and it would have been much more well-developed. This story, as it stands, was completely underdeveloped which stops it from packing a more emotional punch.

ALSO ... William was not a teenager. I read 200 pages about him ... and after reading reviews I realised he was an old man. That makes so much more sense. However, it also shows that he was not written well if he rea
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As soon as I got this book, I knew it was going to be something special, and I was not wrong at all. What a beautifully written story. This is not a very long book, it can definitely be read in a couple of evenings, and the plot is quite simple but somehow, it really got to me. It revolves around Adam and his family. They have just lost their grandparent and learned that he donated his heart, so imagine their surprise when the person
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 4-star
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Out of Heart was a story of loss, love and acceptance. The family dynamic of this story was lovely, and the friendship between Adam and William was something I kept wanting to read. I was invested in the plot, although at times it didn't fully hold my concentration, hence only a 4 star rating. However, I think it is an important book to read, and I especially loved that there was a POC narrator. I recommend this b
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I REALLY liked this book. I don't really read any of this genre however I felt it covered everything. and I also thought it was this books downfall, some parts I didn't understand and some of it I thought was unnecessary and didn't help the story line. I didn't like the fact where is focused more on the meaning then the actions. It made the book feel like rushed, the scenes and moods changed dramatically across one page. Then there was some actions that should have been high on importance but it ...more
Gemma F
DNF. I tried to like this book. Sadly, it wasn't really for me.
Andrea Tome
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
wHY??? I’m bawling my eyes out. What was that ending???
Suzanne Bhargava
I received a free proof copy of this book from the publishers via CILIP's Youth Libraries Group.

Out of Heart is an absorbing, bittersweet story of family and friendship. It starts out with the loss of a loved one, and Irfan Master works quickly but sensitively through his characters' grief and guilt, leading into a journey of healing and growth. In another author's hands, it might have ended up feeling heavy and bleak, but as it stands, it is a hopeful and uplifting story, even through some dif
angharad mair

This story, which I devoured within two hours, was pleasantly surprising. With its realistic characters who experience some truly difficult moments aid in making it such a delightful book to read. The simplicity of the plot is also easy to appreciate. There's no unnecessary entanglements or chapters shoved in to make up a word count. It's just a lovely, breezy book that touches on some of the more painful topics in life. Death, organ donation, racism, friendship, love and poverty are just th
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really liked the character of Adam and the very real struggles he goes through. The cultural issues are rendered well and my favourite bits involved the way Adam tried to make sense of the world through his exploration of language and the various heart related quotes/ facts. A very enjoyable read!
TM Walden
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not surprising that 'Out of Heart' by Irfan Master has been chosen for the Carnegie Medal long list. It is a poignant story with believable characters who resonate in the reader's heart because of the power of Irfan's metaphors and similes. The narrative is cyclical and skilfully crafted around the central motifs of the myth of Icarus and the fascinating mystery of the human heart. This is enhanced by the brilliant use of word play, streams of consciousness, evocative imagery and the inter ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Adam is the darkness, joined only to the rest of the world by a thread, bound within his own drawings and head, barely speaking. His sister doesn’t speak, and neither does his mother or grandfather. After his grandfather dies and donates his heart to William, William becomes a fixture in Adam’s house and life.

This novel felt disjointed and fast.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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Thank you to Hot Key Books publishing for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for a full review.

This was an interesting novel and it was much different than what I was expecting before going into it. The novel tells the story of Adam, a teenager with a passion for drawing who lives with his mum and sister and of William, a man without family who has received the heart of Adam's recently deceased Grandfather.

The novel had such a unique plot and although
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"With Adam, he's on the page. He's in every scribble and scratch of his pencil. He questions in every drawing what art is. And each time he breaks his image down to its true essence."

This book was really slow, really quiet, and had very little details. Normally, that sounds like something that would earn at most two or three stars from me, but for this book, it's what made it a favourite.
Out of Heart dealt with a lot of complex themes like love, family, friendship, loss, art and disability, but
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the publisher through a goodreads giveaway. My first impression was a bit of coverlove. I think the cover design is really eye-catching and appealing (although why a sun design instead of a heart?). The synopsis had me intrigued and I bumped it up my tbr list because I was really interested to see what the story was like.
I was not disappointed. It was thoroughly enjoyable and easy to devour. It is quite a short and easy read (I read it in o
Emma Shaw
Feb 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am sooo disappointed in this book. Have you ever physically thrown a book when you finish it? I hadn’t either until today but it was so frustratingly bad!
The writing style was irritating and repetitive. The story as a whole was slow moving and unrealistic, with the ending being incredibly rushed and anti-climatic.
The author clearly tried to add depth to the story and make it a really enlightening and emotional book but it didn’t work at all sadly. I found most of the characters quite irr
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written and constructed novel about unconditional love and support. Adam, whose father is not in his life, struggles to settle back on a steady path when he loses his precious grandfather. William, the recipient of grandfather’s heart, is also a lost soul who finds refuge in Adam’s house with his busy mother and mute sister. The book has a dreamlike quality as William just kinda floats into Adam’s family and becomes the quiet backbone they all need. The writing is measured with ima ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't know why but I was expecting this to be a story about two boys, but it's about a boy and a man, which changed the whole dynamic of the book for me.

I really liked Adams story and really felt for him with everything he went through, I was expecting to feel the same with William, bit he just felt a bit flat to me?

The ending felt rushed and sudden, and I got annoyed at how the characters spoke to each other, I also didn't like how characters were introduced and then just appeared once or tw
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect from this book as my copy was a proof edition. However, I was blown away by the intricate storyline which had intertwined in it themes of love and support. Towards the climax of the story I definitely began rooting for each of the characters, especially William for he had done nothing wrong yet was the source of many pathetic accusations. I loved this book because iy really highlights treating all around you with love and respect. It also taught the lesson of never m ...more
Sophia Istari
Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, wasted-time
"Out of Heart" tries so hard to be meaningful it seems forced. The premise sounded great but it didn't go the way I expected it.
The characters appear to be flat as well.
Reading it also got me aware of my own heart and it made me quite uncomfortable.
Like back in school when we were talking about arteries, the nervous system or our brains in biology class it was almost like I could feel those thinks working inside me and it drives me crazy. But that's just a personal problem I have with reading ab
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It is a sensitively told story about William who gets a donated heart. The heart was donated by Adam's grandfather - and William feels increasingly drawn to the family. Visiting them one day, he meets Adam - a teenager who desperately misses his grandfather and resents the fact that his heart now lives in William; and his little sister Farah who is a selective mute. Their mother welcomes William into the family, and Adam has to work out his grief and guilt - guilt because he f ...more
Not too sure what to say about this one. Something didn't click with it, maybe I didn't get the characters? I definitely didn't get William's age! I thought he was Adam's age, a teenager! Then I thought he might be early twenties? I was thinking why did Adam take him to PARENT'S evening when William was not much older than him and all the teachers were okay with it!?

I liked the play with words and the facts about hearts. And also the message about race, family and community. I think my favourite
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Is was an easy read with interesting characters. It's a pretty slow paced book, designed more to be deep and make you think than to be entertaining, I think. I found when I got into reading it I could easily keep reading chapter after chapter, but if I put the book down it wasn't the sort of book to make you go "I can't wait to keep reading and find out what happens next", so it could take me a while to come back to it. A very emotional book with some really heartbreaking pa ...more
K Boom
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
One heart linking two people, the recipient and the grandson of the man who donated it.

This is a novel about connection and what defines a family. It also deals with trauma and how it can reverberate throughout a family.

I enjoyed it the characters of Adam , William and Yasmin were great and well thought out however I do feel the end was a little melodramatic and slightly rushed and an event towards the end didn't need to happen at all in my opinion.
Virginie (chouettblog)
Too many literary gems fall on the wayside, and I am hoping that "Out of Heart" by Irfan Master will not be one of them.

This is a instant modern classic which should be introduced to the academic curriculum.
A beautifully written tale of a family in mourning see their life unexpectedly changed and their load lightened...for a little while at least.

Absolutely fantastic piece that everyone should read.

Full review up soon.
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Irfan Master is project manager of Reading the Game at the National Literacy Trust. His family is from Gujarat, India, where his debut novel is set. He lives in England.
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