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Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

by Tamsyn Murray

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Excellent story told from alternating perspectives. The first is that of Niamh (pronounced Neeve) who is mucking around on a beach with her twin brother Leo when he falls and hits his head resulting in brain death. Leo has always said that he would be an organ donor and so his heart is donated to Jonny who is waiting hooked up to a machine keeping him alive. The book then alternates between the two main characters - Niamh with her guilt over Leo's death and her family's depression. Jonny who tracks down who is organ donor was ( reads death notices and puts two and two together) and then lies to Niamh about why he is talking to her online. The two meet and sort of start a romance with Niamh completely unaware that her brother's heart beats inside her new friend's body. As well as this there is Jonny's wish to become a completely new person with his new heart by ditching his contacts with his old hospital friends and then eventually deciding that he wants to be more like Leo was and stopping taking his meds.
Gut wrenching story that is very believable and reminded me a lot of Fault in Our Stars with two characters who aren't quite honest with themselves and each other. ( )
  nicsreads | Apr 10, 2017 |
3.5 stars

This was a sweet read about Johnny, a young heart transplant recipient and the sister of the boy who's heart he was given. I liked both Niamh and Johnny but I wasn't convinced by their romance, and I loved Emily, the girl who was in hospital with Johnny. Dealing with friendship, illness, grief, love and organ donation "Instructions for a Second-hand Heart" was a solid YA read. ( )
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Jonny has a faulty heart and his time is running out. Niamh has just lost her twin brother in a tragic accident. As their fates collide, soon Jonny is on the mend - but desperate to know more about his donor. When he tracks down Niamh, he only intends to find out about her brother, the first owner of his heart. He doesn't plan on falling in love...… (more)

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