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When We Were Magic

Sarah Gailey


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/22/2021)
Paperback (6/1/2021)
Library Binding, Large Print (8/19/2020)
MP3 CD (3/23/2021)
Compact Disc (3/23/2021)


A moving, darkly funny novel about six teens whose magic goes wildly awry from Magic for Liars author Sarah Gailey, who Chuck Wendig calls an “author to watch.”

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.

Praise For When We Were Magic

Secret powers and secret murder cover-ups are in good supply in Sarah Gailey’s new YA novel When We Were Magic, but love and friendship are the real stars of the show. 

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

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534432871, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

About the Author

Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction and a winner of the Hugo Award. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and The Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor. Their most recent fiction credits include Fireside Fiction and Uncanny Magazine. Find out more at and find them on Twitter @GaileyFrey.