Instructions for a Second-hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray

Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

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 cruellest irony of all. Because for Jonny's life to finally start, someone else's had to end. That someone turns out to be Neve's twin brother, Leo. When Leo was alive, all Neve wanted was for him (and all his glorious, ov...

Details Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

TitleInstructions for a Second-hand Heart
Release DateNov 1st, 2016
PublisherUsborne Publishing Ltd
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

  • Lola Reviewer
    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 ...
  • Aditi
    “Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart.” ----Cassandra ClareTamsyn 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 ...
  • Tracy Fenton
    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...
  • Olivia (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 ...
  • MyTimeOutShelf
    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 l...
  • Milena
    Instructions for a Secondhand Heart is a poignant and beautifully written story about loss, grieve, 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 ...
  • Suze Lavender
    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 ...
  • 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...