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Cold Hands, Warm Heart

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  661 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body. In her fifteen years of life, she's had more doctor's appointments, X-rays, and tests, and eaten more green hospital Jell-O than she cares to think about. Fourteen-year-old Amanda is a competitive gymnast, her body a small package of sleek muscles, in perfect health. The two girls don't know each other, don't go t ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Cold Hands, Warm Heart is such a hard book to rate. I had moments where I thought, 'oh, this is mediocre, come on, pick up' and then on the other hand I had those 'whoa, this is intense and emotional' - it's not a book that you read to be entertained by so much as to learn from. I've decided to stick with a rating somewhere in between and give it a 3.75.

I liked Dani, she was a cool kid. She was genuine, I could sympathise with and for her, and the thing I loved was that she was never 'oh, poor
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
I've had Cold Hands, Warm Heart sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I decided to take the plunge and dive in. I really didn't know what to expect from this, just that someone died and donated their heart to someone else. But Cold Hands, Warm Heart was so much more than that. There was a lot of attention to detail, the before, during, and after of people who receive transplants. How it not only affects them, but also their family and friends.
I really enjoyed this book, and while it didn't blo
Jim Gleason
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a smaller format novel written for a teenage audience we have a fast paced gem of a story that captures the full donor/recipient emotions in a way young audiences can easily relate. The dynamics of family and patient – both the donor and recipient sides – come alive in the words of this gifted author as she ventures into a very different world than her earlier works with this telling based on much real-life research and patient interviews. In capturing the true sense of the teenage heart – or ...more
John Clark
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dani has been limited her entire life, thanks to a heart that grew on the wrong side of her chest and could never pump properly. She's rolled with most of the limitations, but can't help but wonder whether she'll die with a bucket list of 'nevers'.
Amanda is an accomplished and focused fourteen year old gymnast. They've never met, but their lives are about to intersect after Amanda misses part of a routine and suffers a serious brain injury.
When Amanda's parents and her older brother have to f
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this! A book that makes you think about life in different angles and what it means to be you. I laughed and cried at the same time! A definite read for those who liked My Sister's Keeper.

Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body. In her fifteen years of life, she's had more doctors' appointments, X rays and tests and eaten more green hospital jelly than she cares about. Fourteen year old Amanda is a competitive gymnast, her body a small package of sleek muscles,
Apr 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
Cold Hands, Warm Heart was a tolerable read but straining itself from the “I am about to trash it” side. While the idea is innovative, it lacks the finer details.

There was so much going on. It had about 5 different points of views, 3 side stories, and a romance, a funeral, a revelation, and a whole bunch of other stuff thrown in. There was no definite cohesion and nothing but a thin thread connecting all the stories together. At points the author gets overly descriptive for some of the character
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, contemporary
Ages 11+ (except for those pesky three pages where the hospital-bound teens play a game of "fucked or foolish")

14 year old gymnast Amanda is dead after a freak accident on the uneven bars. 15 year old Dani is barely clinging to life, victim of a heart that has been malformed since birth. 16 year old Tyler, Amanda's brother, isn't sure how to cope with the suddenness of his sister's death. Milo is on the wait list for a second liver transplant, after he screwed up the first one he got by drinkin
Holy smokes. My favorite book of the summer!
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Richie Partington
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
03 April 2009 COLD HANDS, WARM HEART by Jill Wolfson, Henry Holt, April 2009, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-8282-1

"And I'm only alive here today and talking to you here today because a young man said to his mom, if anything ever happens to me, I want to be an organ donor."
-- Phil Lesh, whose liver, ravaged by Hepatitis C, was replaced with a transplant in 1998. (Anyone who has attended a Phil and Friends concert has heard his "Donor Rap.")

"People struggle, people fight
For the simple pleasures in their
21 Lee
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
While the beginning was so promising, I was a little disappointed while it continued. I was far more interested in the connection between the donor family and the donor recipients than I was about 'acceptance' of a new heart. Probably because I have never personally experienced any of these tragic, yet wondrous effects of a donated organ from either side (and nor do I ever want to), I didn't feel any close connection with the characters.

However, good books all have the ability to, despite never
Beth Dean
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Not my favourite book in the world by quite a bit. It was way too into the meaning of life and then in the next paragraph BOYS LOVE SEX and then HEART DEATH LIFE WHY? WHEN? it's a lot to take in one quick jump. I have no experience with the organ donation world but I have to say it sounds beyond shite. I've been very ill, (scarlet fever, glandular fever and tonsilitus = no breathing= not healthy) and this did help me understand more how hospitol is like another world, whilst you are there all yo ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh. Just, oh wow. That was definitely not what I was expecting from this book when I picked it up. But after finishing it within today I have not had a book that has hit all the right marks in a while. This book had so many feels within it, I just felt that it was written with such a beautiful eloquence to it. The topic, the way it was portrayed, absolutely amazing. image

Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her chest, leading to life full of doctor’s appointments, procedures and con
I have always been a little freaked out about the whole idea of organ transplants. Urban legends abound with tales of the donor's personality traits showing up in the recipient. One of the teens who is waiting for a transplant talks about a movie she saw where a pianist loses his hands in an accident, and his replacement hands are from a murderer. The pianist then goes on to become a murderer as well. This has always been my fear. This novel, aside from the one anecdote, is not about anything cr ...more
May 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Dani has had fifteen years of surgeries, x-rays, docotor’s appointments, and her favorite hospital class jello, all because she was born with her heart on the wrong side of her chest. She is more than ready to live the life of a normal teenager, but it will never happen until she has a new heart, but getting one isn’t easy at all.

Amanda has been a gymnast for almost her whole fourteen years. She’s one of the best with her sleek muscular very healthy body. On the biggest day of her career though
found an old ARC of this in the house...obviously it's been published at this point, but what i read was the galley.

dani needs a heart transplant, but the only way to get one is for another person to die. enter amanda, who falls during a gymnastics competition and is declared brain-dead, leaving her family to agonize about organ donation. ultimately, amanda's organs give several people a new chance at a healthy life.

wolfson does a great job educating her readers on everything involved in the pro
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I initially expected to because (I admit, I do this) I judged it by its cover and its title. Which really seemed like a mediocre, cliche and just a typical YA book but as I progressed, I liked it more and more.

Cold Hands, Warm Heart is about a teenage girl who is on the waiting list for a heart transplant. But surprisingly it is not all woe and depression with her which I found instantly refreshing. Instead, she falls in love with the boy next door - to he
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(I have to rewrite this three times because I keep pressing the back arrow accidentally.)

One of the books that I would classify under 'alright'. It's not my fashion to read short reads, but since the exams are at the corner I decided to take this one up.
I am not sastified of the length. I don't think it's enough after reading the end of the page, but then again, it's a quick read... what do I expect?
Also, about the plot, there's no conflict, no cliffhanger, no suspension to read the next page.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes with multiple point of view books (especially more than three) I feel that I can't connect with characters because I only get a limited amount of time with them, that was not the case with Cold Hands, Warm Heart, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and even without the name of the character at the start of each chapter like many books have, I could pick up on whose PoV it was pretty quick and enjoyed the couple of chapters where we saw the world through their eyes.

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Death is so mystery, we do not know when it will comes. This book opens my eyes that even we already dead and makes our loved ones sad enough to remember that we had gone, and never be alive back, but we still can make a good deeds by donor our organs to other people. Why?, because of our organs can shines someone life. Like one person is dead, but it can save many people lives. Wasn't that good that even we were dead, our organs still functioning in someone else body?. It such a waste if the or ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dani, the main character, was relatable but I felt her purpose was strained a few times. She was more a representation of an organ recipient than an actual person. While Wolfson ventured into controversial issues like organ donation and the views of different people and different religions her characters managed to seem shallow sometimes. We don't really get to know Amanda except later in the book when her brother finds lots of documents she's written about their relationship so we never very sy ...more
Abby Johnson
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
Amanda is a star gymnast. Dani struggles to walk across a room. They've never met. But they're about to become more intimate than most people can even imagine.

Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body. It's a failing heart, a broken heart, and there's only one option if she's going to see her sixteenth birthday: a heart transplant. When Amanda breaks her neck in a gymnastics accident, Dani receives the ultimate gift: a donor heart.

In Cold Hands, Warm Heart we get Dani's story, b
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Right from the very first scene when Tyler's sister dies, this book tugged at my heart strings. I could feel the pain and heartache of Tyler and his family, the frustration and worry of Dani and hers. I learned a lot about what life might be like waiting for a transplant, and the pain and joy of connecting with a loved one who is already dead. The book is not about a interpersonal relationship between Dani and Tyler, but rather about how two opposite experiences -- one that inflicts long-lasting ...more
Amanda Holmes
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading the book Cold Hands, Warm Heart by: Jill Wolfson. This book is about two girls. The fist girl's name is Amanda and the second one is Dani. Dani has sort of a disorder. She is 15 years old and her heart is on the wrong side of her body. She has had a lot of doctor's appoitments, x-rays and a bunch of other stuff and she is tired of it. On the other hand Amanda is 14 years old and she is a very good gymnast. Her coach Dave says she is his top performer. She is really healthy ...more
Canadian Reader
This is a fairly quiet book that opens up the world of organ transplants for teenagers. The author provides the perspectives of three teenagers: Dani whose enlarged and malfunctioning heart is on the wrong side of her chest; Milo a liver transplant recipient who blew the first organ donated to him and who awaits another in the hospital room next to Dani's; and, finally, Tyler, the brother of Amanda the young gymnast who has died in a freak accident at a competition and whose heart is to go to Da ...more
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, realistic-fic
Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body and now it is threatening to give out altogether. Amanda is a fantastic gymnast with a super-athletic body and her whole life ahead of her. One day their world's collide and Amanda's death is a gift of life for Dani and several other people. And then everything Dani has always known and believed about herself is changed forever. She must come to terms with the new life she has been given, with a little help from the boy in the room next ...more
Shonna Froebel
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This teen novel focuses on fifteen-year-old Dani. Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her chest, and has had numerous health problems related to her heart since then. She is at the point where she has moved to the top of the list of people needing heart transplants. We see her outlook on life and how she reacts to the reality of a transplant.
We also see things from Tyler`s viewpoint. Tyler is seventeen and his sister Amanda dies as a result of a freak gymnastics accident. We see ho
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book for a Children's Literature class when we covered adolescent literature. I really enjoyed the book. The book essentially is about a young girl who receives a heart transplant.

What is interesting in the way the book is written is that many of the chapters are from different perspectives. For instance, one chapter focuses on the delivery man who carries the heart. We see through him and other characters what the process of receiving a transplant is like. Wolfson came and spoke at
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wolfson seemed to have done a lot of research about transplants for writing this book. When Amanda dies suddenly during a gymnastics meet, her parents decide to donate her organs. Two of teens waiting for organs receive organs from Amanda, including Dani a 15 year old with a congenital heart defect. There is also an 8-year-old bratty but lovable girl who receives a liver transplant and a teen boy who awaits a second liver transplant because he didn't follow the rigid protocol with his first tran ...more
Lari Don
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. It is an "issue" book about organ donations and transplants, but the people are so well drawn and the story so compelling that you don't notice, or don't mind, that it has a message as well. It's the story of a heart. The story of two girls who 'use' the heart, and their families. It's also the story of how ill health can affect personality, and become a way of life. There is a wonderful comic scene at a transplant support group, which I read with wincing recognition, a ...more
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Hello! I'm the author of novels for middle grade readers (8-12) and young adults.

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“Fact: Cells are constantly dying and new ones are taking their place
Fact: After seven years have gone by, every cell in my body has died and a new one has taken its place.
Do the math. That means that every seven years, I'm a totally new me. not one of the old cells remains. Twice, I've had a total makeover”
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