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When

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When

Imagine if you spent your whole life knowing the death date of every single person you encounter. What would you do?

In WHEN, Maddie Flynn is a bright high school student who is in that position and isn’t quite sure what to do with her talent.  Only her mother, her uncle and her best friend believe that Maddie knows when people will pass on, which allows her to live in a relatively normal fashion. She goes to school, hangs out with her best friend, Stubby, and takes care of her alcoholic mother. Occasionally, she tells the future to a few paying clients.

Victoria Laurie did a wonderful job creating an intriguing and unusual story…[she] kept me on my toes until the end.

One day, the son of one of Maddie's clients is murdered and Maddie is blamed. The police think that because she knew the date of the boy's eminent death, she must be the murderer. Suddenly Maddie and Stubby are thrown into the spotlight and struggle to maintain their innocence.

Victoria Laurie did a wonderful job creating an intriguing and unusual story. After finishing WHEN, I considered what I would do if I was in Maddie's position. I had no idea what was coming each time I turned the page; Laurie kept me on my toes until the end.

Unfortunately, towards the end of the book, the story takes a sharp turn and becomes quite violent. Although most of the book was appropriate for most teenagers, the conclusion of the story is really shocking. I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone under the age of 16 or to anyone who is sensitive to violence.

Reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board Member on January 13, 2015

When
by Victoria Laurie