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

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 ...
  • 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 Johnny'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 Johnny found each other during the trying times of their lives.*ARC provide...
  • 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:
  • Ruzaika Deen
    Another version of this review can be found hereReceived 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 thi...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 15mcgintyl
    So far I have really enjoyed this book. The book has intrigued me from the start and would recommend it!
  • 15paule
    Absolutely AMAZING!!!!!
  • Gabrielle (Little fox in plaid)
    In case you've forgotten, here's reminder #28294: contemporary romance isn't usually my thing. Don't get me wrong, I love a good love story as much as the next rabid shipper (Just look at my Kanej and Dizzie love) but there's only so much of the "boy-meets-girl-and-they-fall-in-love-despite-Problems" schtick I can tolerate, you know?I'm glad to say that Instructions For A Second-Hand Heart didn't follow this same formula. Not completely, at least...
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from Usbourne in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. If I could sum up this book in one sentence, it would be: I expected more. I flipped close the last page a few hours ago and I’ve spent that time being so mad at what a horrible friend Jonny was and how there was such a lack of chemistry between Jonny and Nimah.So, let’s break it...
  • Donna Irwin
    Interestingly, when I took this to the desk in the library, the lady took pains to point out that I had picked up a book for teenagers. I told her it was quite intentional and would let her know how the book was!This is the second YA novel I have read and been totally moved by recently. The other one was The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange.Funnily enough, both books dealt with grief. Perhaps that's why they resonated after I lost my pr...
  • Lexie
    Läs min recension här för ett begagnat hjärta ger vibbar av Jojo Moyes och The Fault in Our Stars, men den är också helt unik. Det bästa med boken är hur noggranna efterforskningar som gjorts, för det gör boken så verklighetstrogen och äkta och dessutom är det så intressant att få en inblick i livet som allvarligt sjuk på ett sjukhus och hur det är att bli transplanterad. Det är det...
  • Sugar Pill
    Radnja prati Džonija, tinejdžera koji je ceo život proveo po bolnicama zbog srčanih problema i za koga su konačno pronašli odgovarajuće novo srce.S druge strane, tu je Niamh. Njen brat blizanac pao je sa stene i poginuo. Njegovi organi su donirani, a njegivi srce je pripalo upravo Džoniju.Delo je pisano tako da se po poglavljima smenjuju viđenja ova dva lika. Džoni traga za svojim donorom, tako stupa u kontakt s Niamh. Njihov odnos post...
  • Anne Stokes
    An excellent Teen book highlighting heart transplants, heart donors, ethical issues around recipients knowing about their donor, teen romance, bereavement.A lot packed into this book in a very readable storyline which explores all the above issues in a thought provoking way. A good book for reading group discussions.
  • Zainab Ishaq
    This book was on my TBR since a long time and I finally read it.Well I don't know how should I explain that how much I loved this book. I literally fell in love with the characters of the book.An emotional roller coaster of a story, tissues definitely needed. The teenage characters are well drawn and empathetic and the story is heartbreaking, achingly sad and eventually hopeful but you'll go through an emotional wringer as you read.I really enjoy...
  • Camelle
    i'm having another book reading slump after this. the book is beautiful and it made me cry to be honest. full review will be up this week.
  • Stacey
    "Once I'd fallen into his shadow, I couldn't find my way out, and eventually I stopped trying and decided to embrace being the difficult one." Neve is the twin sister of Leo, but she is also, like she says in the quote, his shadow. Everything Leo did, he did better. She could not compete with him with anything because he was made out as the hero, the saint, so Neve just gave up pleasing people and became the opposite of Leo. She always though...