Tin Heart
When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer ‘The Dying Girl’.But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn…

Tin Heart Details

TitleTin Heart
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Random House
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

Tin Heart Review

  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    January 1, 1970
    Seventeen year old Marlowe Jensen was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, the resilient young woman the recipient of an organ transplant bestowed by a sixteen year old young man. Since the transplant, Marlowe is experiencing a dissociation of identity. Recipients are forbidden to contact donor families but Marlowe is resolved to uncover her anonymous donor, compelled by gratitude and appreciation for the perpetual sixteen year old boy.Marlowe is an extraordinary young woman. Although th Seventeen year old Marlowe Jensen was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, the resilient young woman the recipient of an organ transplant bestowed by a sixteen year old young man. Since the transplant, Marlowe is experiencing a dissociation of identity. Recipients are forbidden to contact donor families but Marlowe is resolved to uncover her anonymous donor, compelled by gratitude and appreciation for the perpetual sixteen year old boy.Marlowe is an extraordinary young woman. Although the transplant was successful, Marlowe attends monthly hospital appointments to ensure her body remains healthy. Encouraged by her progress, Marlow is returning complete her education. Naturally her peers are curious and Marlowe is feeling overwhelmed by the unwanted attention. Especially the effortlessly stylish and popular Zan Cheung. The tentative friendship between Marlowe and Zan was lovely. Zan is a Chinese Australian young woman who challenges stereotypes, sexuality, racism and advocates for equality.Marlowe's single mother is a vegan warrior, opening a small business selling vegan products next to a family owned butcher. Her brother Pip's flamboyant costumes and idolisation of David Bowie is infectious, her mother's protests are theatrical and wonderfully confrontational, igniting a rivalry between Marlowe and apprentice butcher Leo. Leo is charismatic and incredibly attractive but beneath the debonair exterior, Leo and Marlowe both share parental constraint. Leo is pressured to abandon his education for the family owned business while Marlowe's mother is affectionately overbearing. The romance was wonderfully tender and delightfully entertaining. Through the online group established to introduce donor families and transplant recipients, Marlowe believes she may have found her donor. Although morally ambiguous, Marlowe finds her donor's sister Carmen and befriends her under an assumed name, convoluted by Zan's attraction to Carmen's friend Kari. Although I don't condone her deception, I sympathise with Marlowe as unconsciously, she had been preparing for her own passing with only her mother and brother unable to accept her diagnosis.The transition to recovering survivor is a journey of realisation and acceptance for Marlowe, gradually feeling a sense of control and empowerment of her environment. Marlowe's experience is prevalent throughout Australia. Last year in Australia, over fourteen hundred members of our communities were the recipients of an organ transfer from over fife hundred patients. Marlowe's journey represents the thousands of organ and tissue donors and recipients throughout our communities each year. Those waiting for the opportunity to begin their lives. Organ donation is rarely spoken about until a family is confronted with the death of a loved one and although Marlowe is a fictional character, the narrative encourages discussion.Shivaun Plozza is an exceptional and revered Australian young adult author. Captivating until the final page.
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  • Michael Earp
    January 1, 1970
    A book with a lot of heart... see what I did there? And I desperately want Pip as my younger brother. He's the boss!
  • Rebecca T
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5
  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Full review to come.
  • Bec
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this book. <3 https://rebeccagough.wordpress.com/20...
  • Libby Armstrong
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant. Plozza’s second novel seals her status as a young author who has the goods. Tin Heart reminded me of all the feels I had reading Frankie, and you will need the biggest box of tissues as she starts to bring the story to conclusion. This book has a beautiful heart - it explores with genuine depth “survivor guilt”, and the cost of being self-centred. Plenty of lighter hearted moments, laughs, friendship and romance too.
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  • Jaclyn Crupi
    January 1, 1970
    Do you know what Shivaun Plozza has a truly ridiculous amount of? Raw writing talent. She’s going to have a long writing career and I’m going to read every book she publishes. She wrote a stunning debut with Frankie and has followed it up with Tin Heart which made me laugh and cry and broke me and put me back together. It’s funny and romantic and so moving – and Pip is the greatest little brother ever written! I have so much #loveozya right now.
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Penguin Aus for sending me a copy of TIN HEART for review!I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would! I read FRANKIE last year, and although I liked it, I just didn't connect to the story or the main character as much as I would've hoped. But TIN HEART completely exceeded my expectations.Full review will be up on my blog closer to its release; alwaysandforeverreading.wordpress.com
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  • L-J Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    Starting "Tin Heart" I was excited and nervous in equal measures. I adored Shivaun Plozza's book Frankie and I wanted so much for this novel to reach those heights too.Shivaun's strong writing shines out of every page whilst we watch the protagonist Marlowe grow and blossom. As always her characters are all very strongly drawn and I was very drawn to Leo. And of course there was Shivaun's perfect song/band references throughout!On a personal level I found it harder to connect to Marlowe than Fra Starting "Tin Heart" I was excited and nervous in equal measures. I adored Shivaun Plozza's book Frankie and I wanted so much for this novel to reach those heights too.Shivaun's strong writing shines out of every page whilst we watch the protagonist Marlowe grow and blossom. As always her characters are all very strongly drawn and I was very drawn to Leo. And of course there was Shivaun's perfect song/band references throughout!On a personal level I found it harder to connect to Marlowe than Frankie, but I think that was more to do with my personality rather than Shivaun's writing. The plot was tight and Marlowe's internal conflict felt real. Even though I wasn't hugely invested in the characters I still wanted to know how it all panned out.Aside from Leo, Pip (Marlowe's young brother) was a shinning star throughout "Tin Heart". I loved his pizazz, his personality and his love for his sister. If I had to have a younger brother this is who I would imagine.Marlowe's mum drove me insane. Partly from her overprotective nature (understandable but still frustrating) but mostly it was her her vegan stance and protest. I know several persons of this ilk and they drive me mental too. I'm happy for everyone to have their own opinions, but hate having it shoved down my throat.Overall "Tin Heart" is a good read that's not overly taxing. I think anyone looking for a light read with strong characters will enjoy this. Shivaun Plozza is one to watch.L-JThree Four Knock on the DoorIndependent Children's Bookshop
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  • Julie Garner
    January 1, 1970
    What an exceptional writer Shivaun Plozza is turning out to be. Frankie was great but Tin Heart just goes one step futher and really yanks on your emotional strings.This book is full of moments that make you laugh, make you cry and make you really want to jump into the pages and hit some people.This is such a sensitive subject and Shivaun delves into with a lot of thought and consideration to all parties who might be involved. You feel for the young girl who receives the heart, wanting to thank What an exceptional writer Shivaun Plozza is turning out to be. Frankie was great but Tin Heart just goes one step futher and really yanks on your emotional strings.This book is full of moments that make you laugh, make you cry and make you really want to jump into the pages and hit some people.This is such a sensitive subject and Shivaun delves into with a lot of thought and consideration to all parties who might be involved. You feel for the young girl who receives the heart, wanting to thank the family for giving her life. At the same time, you are torn for the family who is struggling to accept the loss of life that went with it.I love it when an author grows with each book. It makes me want to keep coming back for more.
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    There were so many great things about this book (the writing, Marlowe, Pip, the honesty, the relationships, the humour) and a few things that weren’t my absolute favourite (her mum never listening to her, that damn party, Eddie Oro needing a fucking punch in the face), but all in all, an amazing read that made me laugh and cry and stay up til 1am to finish.
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  • Marie Davies
    January 1, 1970
    I’m pretty sure this will stay my favourite YA Book Of 2018. Exceptional. I need to read more of these characters... like right now! Shivaun Plozza is up there with my favourite Writers - Cath Crowley, Stephanie Perkins and Ally Carter.
  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    I both laughed and cried.
  • Wing-yee (bibliomeds)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/4 stars. RTC
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