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 was absolutely beautiful, from the quirky characters to the amazing plot with the added bonus of veganism being a huge part of the novel, this book was well worth the wait and anticipation.

Family was such a huge theme of Tin Heart and I think it was very refreshing to see as not a lot of Young Adult novels have the aspect of family let alone as strong as it was in Tin Heart. Pip, Marlowe’s younger brother was one of the best side characters I have ever read, he was beyond unique and such a sweet and loving brother to Malowe, his self confidence was beautiful and I think it was a big inspiration to Marlowe as she struggled a lot especially at the beginning as she was going back to school for the first time after her heart transplant. Marlowe herself was a quiet character and didn’t like drawing attention to herself which wasn’t the case as she was going back to school for the first time after everyone thought she was never coming back. The growth and development of Marlowe throughout the book was also very inspiring, she struggled to find the new Marlowe after not having her old heart and watching her grow as a person while finding the new Marlowe was truly beautiful.

In terms of the writing of Tin Heart, Shivaun was very raw, one minute you were laughing and the next you would be sobbing. I never thought I could love anything of Shivaun’s more than I adored Frankie but Tin Heart just blew me away. Tin Heart also talked about a lot of things that heaps of Young Adult Novels haven’t mentioned (well I personally haven’t read any YA Books that have) such as veganism, a character that has been through a heart transplant and also just the topic and importance of family isn’t talked about as much as it should be.

Overall, Tin Heart was a beautiful, raw, emotional and inspiring novel with a lot of unique and important topics that more novel’s should include. I really would recommend this book to everyone as I feel a lot of different people could get different things out of it and especially if you are looking for a unique read, this one is for you.


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Huge thanks to Penguin Teen Australia for providing me with a copy of Tin Heart in exchange of an honest review.


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