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Heart Transplant

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  239 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
School bullying is universally decried, bemoaned, and condemned. Newspapers, magazines, television, and movies all reflect the ugly truth ... bullying is not only on the rise, but becoming more dangerous every day. Whether it's a teenager committing suicide as a result of a Facebook posting or a group of schoolchildren taunting another autistic child and filming it for the ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Dark Horse Books (first published October 12th 2010)
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Larry Bassett
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
This is a book about bullying. This is not a topic that normally attracts me but I am on an Andrew Vachss reading spree and I bought this used book online some time ago when I was simply gathering in Vachss books. This is a coffee table size graphic novel that has been hidden away on my bookshelf since I bought it about a year ago. It was published in 2010. I have just finally finished the Burke series of novels and am wandering around looking to see what else Vachss has done.

This is the short (
Ms. B
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, graphic-novel, 2012
Can a message in a book really change our culture? The message in this book about bullying is, "If the bully were ostracized, if the bully was the lowest-status person, if the bully was someone no one wanted to associate with, bullying could not spread." According to this book, In order to change the culture, you have to start in the culture. You can't start from the outside. The secret is total bombardment of society with your message.
This book is a start, a part of something bigger, etc. Read
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Like everything by Andrew Vachss, this graphic novel is intense. Vachss tells stories from the city's (any city's) underbelly ... the dark corners where nice people don't go, unless they get lost. And the dark corners of their own lives that they don't admit exist within themselves.

The book opens with a lot of sharp insight into the lives of our children, the parts of their lives that we pretend don't exist, the parts that we've tried to banish from our memories, unless, of course, we were on t
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is one that any adult who works with bullied youth needs to have on hand. Beautiful artwork and the story hit me right in the heart, no pun intended.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
*This review contains spoilers!*
"Heart Transplant" is a contemporary life graphic novel that depicts the negative nature of bullying through the eyes of a bullied victim named Sean. Sean has been bullied most of his life and his parents don't do anything about it. One day, Sean's parents are murdered and an old man comes to Sean and claims he is willing to care for him. The old man knows Sean has no where else to go. Sean decides to stay with the man. The man tells Sean to call him "Pop". The ma
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are times that I find graphic novels (or comic books as I still think of them) to be confusing. When I'm not sure which panel is next because they don't line up exactly. Or sometimes they rely a bit more on the visual or don't have the space for all the words. This book gave me that problem a couple of times, but not so much that I couldn't follow the story. And it was a really good story.

Read for a reading challenge. A book that was on display at the library.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on bullying I have ever read. Takes you behind the scenes so you can see all the indirect ways bullying can erode self confidence at a critical time in the life of a young child.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting read. Emotional illustration. Don't support the message. Bullying is terrible behavior. Should never be tolerated. The authors suggest that the best solution is to punch back--physically hurt the bully to show you'll not be bullied. Can't find a single respected school, medical or governmental organization that recommends this tactic. Often leads to escalation vs resolution. If you or someone you know is being bullied, is more useful read.

NOT recommended.
Kristen Fiore
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel was compelling. The main point of the story is bullying. The main character, Sean, describes in the first half of the book about how bullying and stereotypes go hand in hand. As the story goes on, he talks about his life. He grew up with many “daddies”. His mother would make Sean call any new boyfriend she had “daddy”. The most current one she had would make Sean break into houses because he was little and wouldn’t be put into jail. Sean didn’t wasn’t too though. Every time h ...more
Tim Niland
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
Author and attorney Andrew Vachss has been a passionate advocate for children both as an author and lawyer. This is a new approach for him, collaborating on a graphic novel aimed primarily at teenagers (but anybody could benefit from its message.) Working with illustrator Frank Caruso, Vachss tells the story of a young man who is beaten and bullied by his step-father and other children. After his mother and step-father are murdered, he is taken in by the man's father, a hard man with a heart of ...more
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Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social-services caseworker, a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for “aggressive-violent” youth. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youths exclusively. He is the author of numerous novels, including the Burke series, two collections of short stories, and a wide varie ...more
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