Review: When

by Victoria Laurie


One of the best things about Audible is that I am exposed to books I would have never found without it. When is one of those books and I’m so glad it came up on a Daily Deal. It is about a girl, Maddie, who sees death dates on the foreheads of everyone around her. She knows the exact day you will die and that’s it. She doesn’t know how, where, or why, just when. There is nothing she can do to change that date, either, no matter how much she wishes she could. The problems start when she tells a mother that her child will die and, when the child is murdered, Maddie and her best friend are the prime suspects.

There are so many ways this book could have gone wrong, but it didn’t. I really felt for Maddie and her dilemma and could relate all too well to the bullying she experiences throughout the book. I liked that she had concerned adults who try to help her but she has to fight for herself. She’s a believable character and the author isn’t afraid to make things tough for her. I felt that one conflict was solved a little too easily, but overall it’s a great book and avoids the modern cliches of teen sex/drug use/drinking as the cause of the character’s problems.

Five prescient stars.

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