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Funny, romantic and deeply moving by turns – a fitting follow-up to the critically acclaimed, award-winning Frankie.

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…


Shivaun Plozza's debut novel Frankie delighted and devastated readers, and Tin Heart cements Plozza as a writer with a charming voice and a flair for flawed, loveable characters. Fans of contemporary rom-coms with grit, such as Cath Crowley's Graffiti Moon, will find much to enjoy here.

Jordi Kerr, Books and Publishing

Tin Heart is a divinely chaotic teen-drama full of emotional angst, crises and just the right amount of romantic tension.

Natalie Platrten, Readings

Shivaun’s writing style is beautiful, and I think it especially shined in TIN HEART. There’s just something so poetic about the way she writes, the words she uses, and how she links everything together. She is an amazing writer, and I will continue to pick up her books for as long as she keeps writing.

Always & Forever Reading

Tin Heart was yet another wonderful contemporary novel by Shivaun Plozza. Frankie was absolutely amazing and her new release is no different. It’s real and it’s raw and I connected with every aspect of what Marlowe, the main character, was feeling.

Jenna, Happy Indulgence

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    February 26, 2018


    320 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
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  • EBook


    February 26, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    320 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo Ebook
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    • eBooks

Awards and Recognition

  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
    Highly commended
    Writing for Young Adults

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