Thursday 12 January 2012

12. Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson

Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson
Published January 2012 Walker

From the publisher
Fourteen-year-old Amanda is a competitive gymnast, sleek-muscled and in perfect health. Fifteen-year-old Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body; she's been in and out of hospital all her life. The two girls don't know each other – and never will. Yet their lives are about to collide. Amanda suffers a haematoma – a blood clot – during a gymnastics competition, and dies. The donation of her heart means renewed life for Dani and several other donor recipients. A fascinating and unputdownable story on an important and topical issue.

I thought that this book would make me cry...but it didn't.  Maybe it's beacuse Amanda dies within the first few pages, so we don't get to know her.  

The book is all about Dani and her new heart, and how having that heart means she now has to lead a normal life, but she doesn't know what that means?  We see a little of Amanda's parent, who don't want anything to do do with Dani or the other recipients, but we do meet Taylor, Amanda's brother.  He and Amanda did not get on, and he is not sure how to deal with her death.  Reading her journal and connecting with the recipients helps him through his grief.  There's also a budding romance between Dani and her hospital room neighbour Milo.

Who will like this book: Girls Age 14+
Read it if you like: the movie Return to Me

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