When We Were Magic

When We Were Magic Book Summary

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.

Title:When We Were Magic
Edition Language:English



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  • chai ?

    queer teen witches involved in some kind of murder? it’s like Sarah Gailey knows all my heart's desires or something......

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was my first Sarah Gailey book and I totally understand the hype now; I gobbled this entire thing up in basically one sitting. This gave me all of the friendship / queer girl feels and I liked it...

  • ellie

    queer witches + me = match made in heavenside note: you have no idea how fuckin happy i am right now. all ive ever wanted was a unstoppable girl gang who kiss each other sometimes but are unashamedly ...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    "in which a group of high school girls face up to the consequences of a disastrous magical accident resulting in a dead boy on prom night" and also there are girl friendships and gay witches. and also...

  • Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 4.5 StarsOh my God, you guys. This was absolutely everything. I love this group of girls so f*cking much.I honestly am not sure of what words to use to describe what, and just how mu...

  • rachel ?

    this book opens with a boy dying because his dick literally explodes, and a girl calling her magical, witch friends to help her hide the body... i have a good feeling about this one.◯ Review copy pr...

  • Lady H

    This is the kind of book Teen Me would have loved, but that sadly left Adult Me feeling a bit underwhelmed. It's nothing to do with the book, which is wonderful and full of diverse characters and shad...

  • The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ankara C“I finally get it. I trust her. I trust her with my secrets, and I trust her with my friendship, and I trust her with my gratitude. I don...

  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    CW: death, accidental murder, and accidental mutilationI really enjoyed this! Yet again, Gailey shows me how great of an author they are. I've read their adult fantasy and historical fiction/dystopian...

  • Laura ?

    3.5 stars rounded upI enjoyed this, this was really easy to read. But I kind of wish there had been more - the end was too open for my taste! RTC ...