Cover image for Tin heart / Shivaun Plozza.
Tin heart / Shivaun Plozza.
First Flatiron Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.

Physical Description:
326 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Australia : Penguin Australia Pty Ltd., 2018.
"Marlowe hopes that meeting the family of her heart donor will help her move on from being "The Dying Girl," but family, neighborhood, and other complications hold her back." -- (Source of summary not specified)


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Bestselling author of All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven calls emerging talent Shivaun Plozza's charming and romantic second YA novel, Tin Heart , "from cover to cover swoon-worthy, moving, deep, and funny"!

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do 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...

Author Notes

Shivaun Plozza has published short fiction, poetry, and essays, and works as an editor. Frankie , her first novel, won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Children's Book of the Year and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Shivaun lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A heart transplant means that Australian high schooler Marlowe is healthy for the first time in years, but she's still the shy member of a family-with her vegan activist mother and costumewearing little brother-that likes attention. Still, it's hard to stay under the radar once she's back in school, trying to make friends and deal with bullies, and gets caught up in an intense prank war with the adorable guy who works at the butcher's next door to her mother's vegan store. Could it be that she isn't so shy after all? That being healthy means she needs to find out who she really is? Convinced that meeting her donor's family will answer these questions, Marlowe barrels on despite their refusals, eventually getting caught in an elaborate lie and hurting the people she cares about most. Funny and direct, this book by Plozza (Frankie) is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd-or, as Marlowe puts it, "that moment when you're standing in front of Bert's Quality Butchers holding a speaker blasting 'Meat Is Murder.'?" Ages 14-up. Katelyn Detweiler, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.