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Tin Heart

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  81 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Flatiron Books (first published February 26th 2018)
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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
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.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Michael Earp
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!
Kath (Read Forevermore)
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
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.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book. <3
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Actual Rating: 4.5
4.5 // this was so lovely. I just couldn’t give it five stars but it was soooo good. More TK.
Bethany Clark
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Jaclyn Crupi
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Libby Armstrong
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  ·  review of another edition
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;
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this way more than I expected to. There were a few love stories, but the real love story was Marlowe and Carmen's. Marlow perfectly perfectly captured the almost painful longing for a friend - right down to the overthinking, the jumping to their side at any time and the panic spiral when you've fucked it up. Gorgeous story. (Her mum really sucked tbh. Sucked).
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une jolie histoire sur le don d'organes qui a su me toucher.
Steph Cuthbert
Tin Heart made me cry uncontrollably, and also laugh out loud, from my actual face. Shivaun’s writing is vivid and full of ALL THE FEELINGS. Loved it.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute Australian contemporary young adult about broken hearts, the power of forgiveness and the ability to be true to yourself. Love you Butcher Boy.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, romantic and deeply moving.
Els (Tragic Romantic)
I thought I’d set this book to currently reading when I started reading it... this morning, but I didn’t so surprise I read this book in the space of two minutes. That’s believable right?
Chent Higson
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too tired for review but mmm yes very good very cute very emotional 👌👌
Also bonus points for saying Alan Rickman’s name
DNF at 30%. I really wanted to like this as I enjoyed Frankie. However, this felt really forced and the author tried too hard to make me sympathise with the protagonist, who just came across as annoying and boring. I won’t rate it though as it could get better, but life is too short for me to persist with this one.
Chloe Hughes
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart-warming, beautiful, funny, a sad story about the gift of what the power of organ donation can give someone.
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Shivaun Plozza is the author of Frankie (Penguin, 2016), a darkly funny novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself and falling in love. She has published short fiction, flash fiction, poetry and essays, and works as an editor.
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