Instructions for a Secondhand Heart by Tamsyn Murray

Instructions for a Secondhand 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 Secondhand Heart

TitleInstructions for a Secondhand Heart
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Teen, Young Adult Contemporary, Did Not Finish, Love, Health, Mental Health

Reviews Instructions for a Secondhand 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 ...
  • Scrill
    "And I ache for her, because I want nothing more than to help, but I don't know if I can. Leo brought us together, but he's also standing between us. Or at least, his heart is." After receiving a transplant Jonny can't help but try to find out who he is by finding out about the boy who donated his heart to him. Neve is battling grieving over her twin Leo after he dies because she spent so much time when he was alive in his shadow, and even now sh...
  • Jeannine Allison
    4.5 starsTo be honest I didn't know what to expect. I bought this book on a whim when I was on Amazon purchasing a few other YA books. I was immediately intrigued by the cover and title, and as you can see, I loved it!! It's a very character-driven novel, and the plot is exactly as described in the blurb. Instructions for a Secondhand Heart is about more than romance, it's about Neve learning how to deal with her loss and guilt. And Jonny learnin...
  • 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, grief, 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 b...
  • Farhina The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
    I loved this book! It's so heartbreaking but I love that it has a way and reasons to make you want to live. To laugh!
  • 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...
  • Susan Lee
    Darn it made me cried buckets!Here's my full review:
  • 15BarrowD
    This book was heartbreaking and mending all in one. We were all distraught when somebody died in chapter 1 but, when the connections between Jonny and Neave started occiuring it turned out vry good and I loved the ending!
  • Ruzaika Deen
    Another version of this review can be found here.Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing.Prior to reading Instructions for a Second-hand Heart, I didn't really know what to expect. The blurb clued me in on the subjects it deals with, but that was about it- I hadn't gone through any reviews or engaged in any form of exchange about this book, and what a good thing that was in this case. I was able to read and reflect on th...
  • Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
    Instructions for a Secondhand Heart is a beautiful story about teenagers Jonny and Neve. Jonny has a heart condition and has spent his life in and out of the hospital. Neve couldn't be more different from her twin brother Leo, but when tragedy strikes, Neve isn't sure how to move on without him.Fate thrusts Jonny and Neve together and the two must navigate life with Leo's heart now transplanted into Jonny.I really enjoyed this story. I loved both...
  • Leah
    Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart is one of those books that literally kills your emotions. Bad turn of phrase, but it’s the truth, because I finished the book feeling like I’d been sucker punched again and again and again. Barely 30 pages had passed before I was crying the firs time, and it’s just one of those books that makes you feel glad you’re alive, it makes you appreciate the frailty of life that little bit more, how in an insta...
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    Review: I was worried how emotional this book would be before picking it up as I had heard nothing but good things about it in terms of the amount that I was going to cry, but as soon as I started reading it, i forgot all about that and found myself drawn into the world of Johnny and Niamh. I found this to be an incredibly quick read because I was so drawn to the two of them as characters and the stories that they had to tell, I raced through the...
  • Rea Cobb
    Instructions for a Second-hand Heart pulled me in and tugged at the heart strings and I haven’t had that in a YA book since reading Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Johnny has missed out on a normal childhood so far due to a heart condition that has left him spending a lot of time in hospital. Niamh is trying to come to terms with the death of her brother Leo. Johnny and Niamh’s paths cross not quite by accident and before long Johnny finds ...
  • Simone
    As you may have guessed, this was definitely a sweet story. It's filled with heartwarming love between two teenagers who are separated by one giant lie. And you may think that a book like this would just be a candy for my sweet tooth, it's always good to step away from being serious and just relax.I went into this thinking that it would be the story of a young person who was scorned in the past by someone and then fell in love again. However, I d...
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    It’s been about a week since I finished Instructions for a Secondhand Heart and I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The concept was absolutely brilliant and there were aspects of it, such as how Tamsin Murray dealt with loss, grief, and chronic illness, that were incredible. However, there were also parts that weirded me out a little, such as Jonny and Neve’s romance. Even with those parts though, I still found myself em...
  • Villivonkansbooks
    Femtonåriga Jonny har tillbringat nästan hela sitt liv på sjukhus. Han föddes med allvarligt hjärtfel och behöver få ett nytt hjärta nu. Niamhs tvillingbror Leo dör i en tragisk olycka. Två livsöden vävs samman.Blev helt tagen av denna bok. Handbok för ett begagnat hjärta är helt fantastisk. Vi får följa Jonny och Niamh, där deras liv sakta vävs samman mer och mer. Boken växlar med att följa dem i varannat kapitel. Det är so...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    DNF 25%One of my pet peeves if lack of research. I’m not talking about the need to exhaustively delve into medical procedures and get every tiny aspect 100% accurate, even just a little googling would do.Exhibit A: Leo’s family, sobbing at his bedside while he quietly dies as evidenced by the heart monitor going flat and beeping. Now they can donate his organs. Huh? What? Once your heart stops beating, you can no longer donate it because it...
  • Shelly (vixenreads)
    **3 1/2 stars**The loss and grief addressed in this book felt very real; allowed the reader to take ownership of that pain even if they had never been through something similar. It allowed for a connection to the characters on a very basic level. The book conveyed friendship and love, something all strive for in life. This is what connected me to the book the most. I wasn't the biggest fan of the H/h relationship expanding beyond friendship; I th...
  • Graine Milner
    I very much enjoyed this. The characters were believable and the storyline kept me interested all the way to the end. At one point I had to close the book and walk round muttering "Why, Jonny? Why would you do that?" to myself - you do get very involved in the events and feelings in the story. Highly recommended.
  • 15ClarkT
    I liked this book because there are lots of twists and turns throughout the story that leave you wanting to continue reading on. There is a lot of mystery and suspenseful moments in the book.
  • Marisa
    Though it had some of the usual misunderstandings and communication plot lines, this book has great writing and creation of believable and real feeling characters. Can’t wait to discuss this book with my teen book group soon!
  • 15mcgintyl
    So far I have really enjoyed this book. The book has intrigued me from the start and would recommend it!
  • 15GuptaM
    I loved this book. It was such a moving story in the perspective of a teenager which made it much more relatable.