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...

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Instructions for a Second-hand Heart Reviews

  • 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...
  • Justine
    I stumbled upon this book at Waterstones. It only had a few ratings on Goodreads but all of them seemed good enough for me to be intrigued. I hadn't read the synopsis and only knew it had to do with two people with critical conditions. I'm not a fan of 'sick-lit' - I feel uneasy when sickness is dea...
  • Liz Fenwick
    Beautiful...moved me to tears and made me laugh out loud. I am not a normal reader of YA fiction and most that I have read didn't 'feel' right to me...they didn't move me. I assumed that was because I wasn't the intended audience. But this book changed my mind. It deals with grief, young love, fear,...
  • 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 mista...
  • 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 h...
  • 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...
  • 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 feelin...
  • 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 complicati...
  • 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 pat...

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