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Tin Heart

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  782 ratings  ·  176 reviews
When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl.

But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next do
Paperback, 313 pages
Published February 26th 2018 by Penguin Random House
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Seventeen year old Marlowe Jensen was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, the resilient young woman the recipient of an organ transplant bestowed by a sixteen year old young man. Since the transplant, Marlowe is experiencing a dissociation of identity. Recipients are forbidden to contact donor families but Marlowe is resolved to uncover her anonymous donor, compelled by gratitude and appreciation for the perpetual sixteen year old boy.

Marlowe is an extraordinary young woman. Although th
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First I want to thank the publisher for providing me with an amazing book.
I give the book 4.5 stars it was a book that I would not wait a minute to read, it was like my taste of what books I love reading.
Tin Heart is an amazing novel by Shivaun Plozza, who created (in my opinion) a must read book, something you would not want to miss. When I started reading the book i had never read anything from the author or what the book was about, I just started reading it and the ending was not a regret.
✨    jami   ✨
I loved the unique set up - this book follows Marlowe Jensen, Australian girl from Melbourne living after her heart transplant and coming to terms with the fact her donor's family have no wish to contact her, despite that Marlow desperately wants to meet them. There were some other things I thought were nice for YA I don't see enough, like that the main character is vegan, and attends protests, and she's sometimes kind of mean and has super huge fights with her mum because she's 16. I just thoug ...more
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
4.5 stars. I'm late to the party on this book - particularly since I received an advance copy and attended the launch event. And now that I've read it I can only ask myself why I waited so long.

Tin Heart is a wonderful coming of age story with so much heart (pun fully intended). There is so much to love - from the perfectly teen dialogue, the layered family relationships, the conflicted first love, and the school bullying that is no less painful for the casual way in which it is inflicted.

The st
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
Like Frankie, Plozza's second novel is great on the character front but less good on the feels front.

It should've been ALL ABOUT the feels; Marlowe is a 17-year-old who was dying before she got a heart transplant, and the novel is about her coming to terms with this (assisted by cute next-door frenemy Leo).

Unfortunately, Marlowe never exactly grew on me and the romance with Leo feels weak as tissue paper.

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Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
I have no idea what I did in a previous life to deserve Shivaun Plozza, but I am grateful to past me.

This story, guys. I think it's only fair that a book about hearts made mine all painful and joyously squishy. Some books you just want to fold up and crush inside your chest so it will live there forever and this is one of them for me.

Make sure you bring a lot of tissues because you will laugh too hard at Marlowe's obscenely over-the-top family and then you will cry over how unfair life is someti
Literary Redhead
This funny, romantic and very moving YA novel captivates with the story of heart-transplant recipient Marlowe. Wacky characters and the hope of second chances make this a winner full of heart. 5/5

Pub Date 12 Mar 2019.

Thanks to the author, Flatiron Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

#YoungAdultWinter2019sampler #NetGalley
Clare Snow
Marlowe aint no Frankie, but she's alright. ...more
Kath (Read Forevermore)
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, 2019-arcs
after a bit of heavy reading (including lots of textbooks, fantasies, and mysteries/thrillers), i finally decided to take a little bit of a break with this book - and it didn't disappoint.

heartbreaking and heartwarming, beautiful, and absolutely captivating are the words i thought of after finishing this book. i love marlowe so much and it felt so refreshing to read a YA novel that didn't have that "trope" (you should now what i'm talking about lol). i really enjoyed seeing her experiences and h
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly funny.
I went to the launch of this book (some weeks ago now) and chucked it onto my tbr mountain when I got home - and it caught my eye this morning and said, read me. An excellent decision for a lazy Saturday.
Michael Earp
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book with a lot of heart... see what I did there? And I desperately want Pip as my younger brother. He's the boss! ...more
Bethany Clark
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
YA fiction is a completely new realm for me. I have read a few thrillers but this is my first contemporary YA fiction book. I love the concept behind the story regarding a young girl receiving a heart from a young boy that passed away in a car accident.
She treasures her 2nd chance at life but she wants to know who her donor was. She feels like only half of who she was and the other part is a mystery.
She writes a letter to the donors family but it’s still to raw for them to process. One day throu
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really did love this story, I enjoyed watching Marlowe battle with The Butcher Boy and the slightly heart wrenching struggle of learning to love her new heart. Pip was an awesome little brother who has such a kind soul and Marlowe’s friend Zan was as cool and trendy as she needed to be. Overall an intense story about grief and organ donors from the survivors point of view (I have never really thought what it would be like having another persons organ working in your body) as well as having a f ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so wonderful—no other word for it. The characters were phenomenal (as if Pip isn’t the best book character ever?!) and none of them did things that were out of place with their personalities. I loved that the ending didn’t answer or solve everything. It was realistic in the most amazing way and was a reminder that we can’t fix our mistakes with one gesture. There are consequences. But it’s possible to work on fixing them. I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more of Shivaun’s ...more
Bec (becklebooks)
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. <3
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Marlowe was born with a congenital heart condition, and after being very ill for many years, she had accepted her imminent death. All that changed one rainy night, when a car accident resulted in the death of another teen, and a new lease on life for Marlowe.

After receiving her new heart, Marlowe wasn't sure, who she was anymore. She had gotten used to being the dying girl without a future, but now she had a second chance. Marlowe spent a good part of the story trying to figure
4.5 // this was so lovely. I just couldn’t give it five stars but it was soooo good. More TK.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
See my review on my blog post:
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This review also appears on Happy Indulgence.

I received a review copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tin Heart was yet another wonderful contemporary novel by Shivaun Plozza. Frankie was absolutely amazing and her new release is no different. It’s real and it’s raw and I connected with every aspect of what Marlowe, the main character, was feeling.

Tin Heart is about Marlowe who had a heart transplant about a year ago and has been getting strange feelings of di
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Special thank you to Flatiron Books for gifting me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review. I was sent this novel as a result of winning a Goodreads giveaway.

“Why is happiness such a hard emotion to hold onto? It’s like trying to hold water in your hand. But sadness, that stuff sticks to your skin like glue.”

“People say eyes are the windows into the soul but that’s crap. Books are.”

A little bit prudish, and a hair socially awkward, Marlowe Jensen is on a quest to find answers to a questio
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Shivaun gave me an outline of the plot of Tin Heart I was pretty sure it would be a winner with the YA audience. I really liked Frankie but didn't feel it was suitable for our junior high school students. I'm stoked that there is nothing in Tin Heart that gives me reservations in recommending it to any secondary school student. What's more, it is a fairly quick read and would not put even a reluctant reader off... BUT what's most important is that it is a REALLY good read with wide appeal. ...more
Amanda Jarrad
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
You know you're not the target audience when the MC's mother insults both conservatives and meat eaters in the same sentence. Seriously, people, enough with the sledgehammer.

In other news, I loved the author's writing style, but Marlowe was a straight up stalker. What she did was not okay, but neither was what her mother did, or her friend Zan, or Leo, or even Carmen. And the way Marlowe felt about herself - the way other people made her feel about herself - wasn't okay, either. I guess you can
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you know what Shivaun Plozza has a truly ridiculous amount of? Raw writing talent. She’s going to have a long writing career and I’m going to read every book she publishes. She wrote a stunning debut with Frankie and has followed it up with Tin Heart which made me laugh and cry and broke me and put me back together. It’s funny and romantic and so moving – and Pip is the greatest little brother ever written! I have so much #loveozya right now.
Jordan Heustis
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d give this book between 3.5-4 stars. I really liked the plot and what the book was about but I felt like everything was so set up to work out so perfectly every time that you could just guess what was going to happen. I also feel like there was a perfect set up for a major ending twist but it didn’t happen or it wasn’t right for the story. I loved the characters!
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked this book! I especially liked Pip. I think he deserves his own book!!!!!
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marlowe Jensen just wants to be normal, and while her life seems cringe-worthy (and kind of amusing to us readers) because of her mom’s constant anti-meat protests and her younger bro Pip’s outlandish costumes, she is anything but normal.

In her beats the heart of someone who died so she could live.

As she searches to find her heart donor, Marlowe opens up to new friendships at school and with the suspected donor’s family while hiding the truth from them.

While Tin Heart touches on romance (can a
Oct 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Where do I even start?! This book took my breath away. I loved it so much. I couldn’t put it down! There was so much emotion and I felt like I could feel everything the main character was feeling. On top of that I loved the awareness of Organ Donors! I found Marlowe to be very relatable! I absolutely love enemies to lovers and this book did it perfectly! I went into this book not even knowing what it was about and I’m so glad I read it! My heart is filled with so much
Libby Armstrong
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Plozza’s second novel seals her status as a young author who has the goods. Tin Heart reminded me of all the feels I had reading Frankie, and you will need the biggest box of tissues as she starts to bring the story to conclusion. This book has a beautiful heart - it explores with genuine depth “survivor guilt”, and the cost of being self-centred. Plenty of lighter hearted moments, laughs, friendship and romance too.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Penguin Aus for sending me a copy of TIN HEART for review!

I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would! I read FRANKIE last year, and although I liked it, I just didn't connect to the story or the main character as much as I would've hoped. But TIN HEART completely exceeded my expectations.

Full review will be up on my blog closer to its release;
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Shivaun Plozza is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her debut novel, Frankie, was a CBCA Notable Book and won a number of awards, including the Davitt Awards and a commendation from the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her second novel, Tin Heart, sold in three foreign territories, received two starred reviews, and was nominated to ALA’S Best Fiction for Young Adul ...more

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