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Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father's premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually deathdates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching deathdate of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she's unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?
Publisher: Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781484700082
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Lauri
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 30, 2017

What I like about this book is that the author throughly thinks things through with this character. She centers the story around what could actually happen if a person had this power. She takes everything into account and doesn't make every other character just accept Maddie or her claims of innocence. It's not like other books where a person has this power and everyone is just fine with it and they use it to save the world or something.
The ending was pretty good. My only problem with it was that the Aiden thing seemed kind of glazed over.

Lizito04 Aug 20, 2017

Definitely a page turner!

Mar 16, 2017

Do you want to be able to tell when other people die? Well, in this novel, the protagonist Maddie can see the death date of everyone that she meets. Her power causes her more pain than joy, as a serial killer is out on the loose, and all signs point to her (because of her power). This book was…okay. I absolutely loved the concept of it, a girl who could tell when you die, I just felt that it needed something more. It has a bit of romance, but I felt that it could be developed a bit more throughout the book, and not just in the last chapter. The plot is very original and unpredictable. I couldn’t even predict who the real killer is until the last few chapters of the book. Overall, it is a fast and satisfying read. Rating 3.5/5
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 18, 2016

This would be the first book i would ever recomend you to read it is absloutly amazing, i couldent stop reading until i found the truth and the hole descovery absloutly amazing its just sad SPOLIER ALERT: that there wasent more about aiden in my opnion but i know that they will get married in the future😱❤️

samcmar Sep 01, 2016

Admittedly, I've heard nothing but amazing things about Victoria Laurie's novels. I figured I had nothing to lose when I requested When, but after completing the book, I'm not seeing the big deal surrounding it.

Part of my issues with When is how much you have to suspend your disbelief for this story to actually work. There are so many holes and aspects the reader is forced to accept, even though they don't make a lot of sense or connect together very well. In fact, just about anything related to the FBI in this story had me completely stumped because a lot of the time none of what would happen in this story WOULD happen.

I think the idea of Maddie being able to see people's deathdates is absolutely interesting, but I feel like this has been done before. For me, personally, the level of consequence for this power should have felt much more daunting than it actual did. I think I was expecting more in the vein of "With great power comes great responsibility" but Maddie is frustrating in that she isn't responsible, and reveals her power without a good reason! I don't think the reason she reveals it in this story is at all valid, and again it comes from this level of belief suspension.

I just couldn't get behind this story. Yes, it's a fast and readable book, but the holes are so glaring and I just couldn't suspend my disbelief the way the book wanted me to. I didn't care about the plot or the characters, and the treatment of power aggravated me in some many ways. When is not a bad book, but its expectations of the reader are certainly troublesome. If you can suspend your disbelief to the farthest reaches, you can definitely find enjoyment in this book, but it simply didn't click with me.

Jul 04, 2016

I couldn't put this book down. I was intrigued after reading the introduction and a little hesitant because of the extroadinary talent that Maddie possesses. However, The whole story line/plot was so suspenseful and full of possibilities and kept a reader guessing page , after page that I couldn't stop reading.

Jun 05, 2016

I found it odd that the main character's name was Maddie Flynn, as that is the same (exact) name as one of the characters in Dayna Lorentz's "No Safety in Numbers" trilogy. Coincidence?

May 23, 2016

Clever premise in this crime drama kept me turning pages until the mystery is solved. I did keep wondering how I might handle this "phantasical" situation, which seems rife with possibilities. Author Laurie handles character development and plot deftly, and suspense is heightened with side stories about Maddie's mom, and FBI agent Mack Faraday.

Oct 31, 2015

I am a senior citizen,vwho loved this book. I couldnt put it down My sister agreed.

Apr 05, 2015

I loved this book. A really fast paced thriller with lots of suspense and close calls. I could barely put it down. The climax was AMAZING and it makes the book really worth reading. The book overall painted a very good picture of the Maddie's world and the struggles of being the center of a local news headline.

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