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Instructions for a Secondhand Heart

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,045 ratings  ·  227 reviews
A moving novel about grief, guilt, and the unpredictability of love, for fans of Everything, Everything and All the Bright Places.

Jonny knows better than anyone that life is full of cruel ironies. He's spent every day in a hospital hooked up to machines to keep his heart ticking. Then when a donor match is found for Jonny's heart, that turns out to be the cruelest irony o
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Published December 5th 2017 by Poppy (first published December 2017)
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
If The Fault in Our Stars had a cousin, it would probably be this book.

Jonny is a robot. Well not quite, but he does have a mechanical heart. For him to live a long and happy life, he needs a new, human one.

This is where Neve comes into play. Her brother just died, and his organs were donated to patients waiting for transplants. His heart went to Jonny.

Jonny is so grateful and curious about the boy who died that he makes it his mission to become closer to his sister in order to learn more about
“Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart.”

----Cassandra Clare

Tamsyn Murray, an English author, pens a soul touching and riveting young adult contemporary fiction in her new book, Instructions for a Second-hand Heart that is centered around two young teenagers, one suffers from a fatal and terminal heart condition where his heart is forced to pump throw external machines and is on the never ending waiting list for a heart donor, and the other lives under her perfect brother's shadow but soon tra
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ya, romance
"And I ache for her, because I want nothing more than to help, but I don't know if I can. Leo brought us together, but he's also standing between us. Or at least, his heart is."

After receiving a transplant Jonny can't help but try to find out who he is by finding out about the boy who donated his heart to him. Neve is battling grieving over her twin Leo after he dies because she spent so much time when he was alive in his shadow, and even now she can't escape the constant reminder about how am
Tracy Fenton
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note to self. Don't judge a book by its cover or title!
I read this book as part of a book challenge because the author is a member of my book club and to be honest I didn't read the blurb and assumed it was a chick lit/romance which really isn't my thing! Within the first chapter I realised my mistake (thank god) and quickly became engrossed in the lives of Jonny and Niamh. This YA novel deals with love, grief, friendship and family in a delicate and compassionate way.
Jeannine Allison
4.5 stars

To be honest I didn't know what to expect. I bought this book on a whim when I was on Amazon purchasing a few other YA books. I was immediately intrigued by the cover and title, and as you can see, I loved it!! It's a very character-driven novel, and the plot is exactly as described in the blurb. Instructions for a Secondhand Heart is about more than romance, it's about Neve learning how to deal with her loss and guilt. And Jonny learning how to live when he's spent most of his life dyi
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
I’m not sure what to think about Instructions for a Secondhand Heart. I enjoyed the concept, but not the characterization. I also found certain aspects of the book to be kind of creepy, and I didn’t enjoy the romance. This book had so much potential, but I ended up pretty disappointed.

This book has such an original concept! It tells the story of a boy who receives a heart transplant and befriends the sister of his donor. Neve is dealing with the grief of her brother’s death, and Jonny is dealing
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very emotional and touching read.

I really enjoyed Jonny's character! You get to follow him through a new start after receiving a donor heart and trying to find himself after having lived a life in a hospital for most his years! His new lease on life definitely brought on more complications then one would expect!

My thoughts on the character Neve are a little different! I had a hard time liking her....I get that she's been through a lot but she is just cold and selfish the majority o
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ספרון דק ונוגע ללב המיועד בעיקר לבני נוער. חבל שהטיפול בנושאים הכאובים שהועלו בספר היה כה קצר ושטחי, מכיון שהכתיבה היתה מעניינת ומרגשת בעיניי.
Aydan Yalçın
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, reviews
Şu yazara biri söylesin, ben insanım ve bu da kalp sonuçta, çatır çutur kırılıyor 💔💔💔

Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart, organ nakli konusuna dikkat çeken oldukça etkileyici bir gençlik romanı. Nakil bekleme sürecini, hastanın yaşadığı makinalara bağlı robot hayatı, organ bağışında bulunan ailenin psikolojik durumunu... her biri ince ince anlatıyor.

Organ nakli konusunu merkezine alarak, evlatlarının organlarını bağışlayan anne babaların ve nakil bekleyen
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
Instructions for a Secondhand Heart is a poignant and beautifully written story about loss, grief, healing, and falling in love. It's emotional and heart-breaking but at the same time sweet and full of hope. I loved following Neve and Jonny's story. The book is an emotional roller-coaster, my feelings were all over the place but in the end I was very happy that Neve and Jonny found each other during the trying times of their lives.

*ARC provided by the publisher and NOVL in exchange for an honest
Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
I loved this book! It's so heartbreaking but I love that it has a way and reasons to make you want to live. To laugh!
Suze Lavender
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Niamh and Leo are competitive, but Niamh almost never wins. Leo is the perfect child and Niamh doesn't feel like she can compare to her twin brother. She hates this part of him, but not so much that she'd forever wants to be without it. When a devastating accident takes Leo's life she doesn't know how to cope and suddenly feels very alone. Niamh has to find a way to live without her brother.

When someone Niamh doesn't know contacts her on social media she initially finds it creepy and doesn't wa
I stumbled upon this book at Waterstones. It only had a few ratings on Goodreads but all of them seemed good enough for me to be intrigued. I hadn't read the synopsis and only knew it had to do with two people with critical conditions. I'm not a fan of 'sick-lit' - I feel uneasy when sickness is dealt with and sometimes I feel like publishers might have published these stories because The Fault in Our Stars was a success. Little did I know that it was going to be a brilliant read, with the right ...more
Liz Fenwick
Beautiful...moved me to tears and made me laugh out loud.

I am not a normal reader of YA fiction and most that I have read didn't 'feel' right to me...they didn't move me. I assumed that was because I wasn't the intended audience. But this book changed my mind. It deals with grief, young love, fear, and friendship in ways that felt real..heartfelt, true.
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
"Love isn't isn't a tap you turn off when you don't care anymore. It seeps into your soul, wears a path to your heart, and leaves an unbearable emptiness when it's gone."
This was my first novel by Tamsyn and it follows Jonny and Neve. Their story was like nothing I've ever read before. The premise was so beautiful that it made me have high expectations for it.
Sadly, one of the main reasons those expectations weren't met was because of
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
„Drugie bicie serca” to ważna, poruszająca lektura, która otwiera oczy, ale również niesie pocieszenie. Niezwykły związek dwojga nastolatków, nieuleczalna choroba, przyjaźń, śmierć, której można uciec lub ulec, oraz nowa szansa na życie – nie brzmi to wcale jak fabuła powieści dla młodzieży. Więcej tu rozpaczy niż radosnych chwil. Więcej samotności w chorobie niż momentów kolektywnego szczęścia. Więcej rozważań o śmierci niż peanów na cześć życia. Bez zbędnego ubarwiania rzeczywistości, bo ona n ...more
Graine Milner
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this. The characters were believable and the storyline kept me interested all the way to the end. At one point I had to close the book and walk round muttering "Why, Jonny? Why would you do that?" to myself - you do get very involved in the events and feelings in the story. Highly recommended.
Susan Lee
Darn it made me cried buckets!

Here's my full review:
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely AMAZING!!!!!
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kenzie Faith
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another version of this review can be found here.

Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing.

Prior to reading Instructions for a Second-hand Heart, I didn't really know what to expect. The blurb clued me in on the subjects it deals with, but that was about it- I hadn't gone through any reviews or engaged in any form of exchange about this book, and what a good thing that was in this case. I was able to read and reflect on this beautiful, beautiful book with no preconceived
Gabrielle  (Wishes she had more time to read)
In case you've forgotten, here's reminder #28294: contemporary romance isn't usually my thing. Don't get me wrong, I love a good love story as much as the next rabid shipper (Just look at my Kanej and Dizzie love) but there's only so much of the "boy-meets-girl-and-they-fall-in-love-despite-Problems" schtick I can tolerate, you know?

I'm glad to say that Instructions For A Second-Hand Heart didn't follow this same formula. Not completely, at least.

The book follows Jonny, a teenage boy who's neve
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
As you may have guessed, this was definitely a sweet story. It's filled with heartwarming love between two teenagers who are separated by one giant lie. And you may think that a book like this would just be a candy for my sweet tooth, it's always good to step away from being serious and just relax.

I went into this thinking that it would be the story of a young person who was scorned in the past by someone and then fell in love again. However, I didn't actually think the heart mentioned in the st
Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
Instructions for a Secondhand Heart is a beautiful story about teenagers Jonny and Neve. Jonny has a heart condition and has spent his life in and out of the hospital. Neve couldn't be more different from her twin brother Leo, but when tragedy strikes, Neve isn't sure how to move on without him.
Fate thrusts Jonny and Neve together and the two must navigate life with Leo's heart now transplanted into Jonny.
I really enjoyed this story. I loved both main characters and could hardly put the book dow
Auf "Für immer und einen Herzschlag" war ich sehr gespannt und habe mich auf eine emotionale Geschichte gefreut.

Der Beginn war auch eigentlich ganz gut und die Beschreibungen von Jonny aus dem Krankenhaus und auch der Unfall von Nias Zwillingsbruder waren wirklich heftig. Aber dennoch konnte mich das Buch auf lange Sicht leider nicht begeistern. Es war alles sehr vorhersehbar und die Geschichte plätscherte ohne große Höhen und Tiefen dahin. Vieles in der Geschichte behandelte dann lediglich den
Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books

I received a review copy from Usbourne in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

If I could sum up this book in one sentence, it would be: I expected more.

I flipped close the last page a few hours ago and I’ve spent that time being so mad at what a horrible friend Jonny was and how there was such a lack of chemistry between Jonny and Nimah.

So, let’s break it down:


I liked how this sounded, I did. Your new ro
Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart is one of those books that literally kills your emotions. Bad turn of phrase, but it’s the truth, because I finished the book feeling like I’d been sucker punched again and again and again. Barely 30 pages had passed before I was crying the firs time, and it’s just one of those books that makes you feel glad you’re alive, it makes you appreciate the frailty of life that little bit more, how in an instant life can change, whether you like it or not and that’s ...more
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