Thorndike Press

When We Were Magic

  • Sarah Gailey
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432876996
  • ISBN-13: 9781432876999
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
  • 498 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2020



A Hugo Award-Winning Author

Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.
Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable — even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.

That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails — and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.

Age Range: 14 and up | Grade Level: 9-12 | Lexile Measure: NA


Customer Reviews

“Profoundly thoughtful . . . An intimate portrait of female friendship laced with literal and metaphorical magic.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Explores finding stability with friends and family in a world where everything else is a big question mark.”

— Booklist

“A laugh-out-loud, exciting ride. . . . Like the movie The Craft for a new generation, this novel is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats wondering how it will all turn out.”

— School Library Journal

“Darkly funny.”

— Publishers Weekly