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AUTHOR: Sarah Gailey
PUBLISHER: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
DATE: 2020
PAGES: 352

When We Were Magic

by Sarah Gailey

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.


A main character (Alexis) is identifies as bisexual on page, and is still in the process of evaluating if that label is right for her.


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“So, you also told your dads that you’re …” She waves her hands vaguely. “Whatever? What did you tell them? Bisexual?”
“Um, kind of. I told them that I’m still figuring out where I land, and I guess bisexual is the closest thing to true?”
She nods. “You’ve never really said it out loud before. It’s okay if things change later, you know?”
“Yeah, that’s what they said. And they both also said that they already knew and they thought I knew they knew? So it wasn’t really a big deal, I guess.”


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