Tin Heart is a contemporary fiction novel that follows a 17-year-old girl named Marlowe one year after having received a heart transplant.
This is a beautiful story about a sensitive subject that the author handles with grace. It was a potent tale about grief, organ donation and second chances, as well as the importance of family.
The topic of this novel was an intense one, especially as Marlowe struggled and finally came to terms with the fact that the only reason she is alive is because someone else had to die. Organ donation is one of those subjects that people rarely think about or talk about until disaster strikes, and I don't recall ever having read a fiction novel where this particular subject matter played a central role. So in this way, the book encourages us to think about this important topic and perhaps even paves the way to discussion with friends and family.
Though the storyline was no doubt a serious one and pulled at the reader's heartstrings in many places throughout the novel, the story was also sprinkled with plenty of humor, lighthearted banter and wit, rendering it an especially enjoyable and satisfying read.
All in all, Tin Heart is a well-crafted, stunning contemporary novel of many layers, with a huge heart and an important message and is the kind of book that will hit you right in the heart (pun intended). Recommended.
A huge thank you to Shivaun Plozza and Flatiron Books for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (26 February 2018)
- ISBN-10: 014378627X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143786276
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)