When | Was Exactly What I Needed

Posted September 23, 2015 by Christy || 12 Comments

When | Was Exactly What I NeededWhen by Victoria Laurie
on January 13, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 236
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased

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 death dates, 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 death date 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?

After reading a bunch of review books in a row, I needed a break.  I was to the point of not wanting to read because I felt like I HAD to.  That’s not a good feeling.  I talked to Erica about it and then I decided to pick a book off of my personal TBR shelf.  One that I didn’t HAVE to read.  I decided on When since thrillers are my go-to genre that can usually pull me out of a slump and that’s exactly what When done.  I flew through this book in one day.

An Extremely Interesting Plot

I have never really given any thought on whether or not I would want to know when I would die.  Before I read this book at least.  You see, Maddie can see deathdates.  The exact date when a person will die.  She’s not a psychic, she can’t tell the future, she doesn’t know HOW they will die.  She can only tell the date it will happen.  While reading this, it really got me to thinking on whether or not I would want to know.  At times I think I would, if only to get everything in order and to make sure my family was taken care of before my departure.  But I also think I wouldn’t want to know, I’d be afraid that if it was right around the corner, I would end up depressed and it would ruin the little time I have left.

A Likeable Main Character

Like I said, Maddie has an extremely unique and interesting gift.  One that, as you can imagine, doesn’t make her very popular among the kids in her school.  Everyone thinks she’s a fraud and a witch.  I, however, found her to be very likeable.  She’s such a strong person, I can’t imagine having the burden of knowing when the people closest to me was going to die.  She’s also very caring and loyal.  Anyone would be lucky to have Maddie on their side.

Twist and Turns Galore

One thing I love about thrillers? All the twists that get thrown our way and this book wasn’t lacking in that department.  I love when I have my suspicions about one person only to have those theories crushed a few chapters later.  I can’t tell you how many people I suspected in this book and I’m ashamed to admit some of the ones that made my suspect list.

Final Thoughts

I’m really sad that I didn’t pick this book up sooner, but I’m so glad that I got to read Maddie’s story.  A story that I wouldn’t mind continuing.  I do feel like this specific plotline was wrapped up nicely, but I definitely wouldn’t be against reading more about Maddie in the future 😉

What do you think? Would you want to know the exact date you would die?

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12 responses to “When | Was Exactly What I Needed

  1. I just did the same thing in that I had to cool it with the review books and read something I just wanted to. It was so nice!!! I haven’t heard of this one before but totally just added it to goodreads. This sounds super interesting and I love good twists and turns – Great review!

  2. Wow, what an interesting plot. And I’m always up for a good stand alone (assuming this is a stand alone). But I sure wouldn’t want to know the date of my own death… ack!

  3. I am glad this book was just what you needed and one that you could enjoy immensely! I actually really love the cover and the sound of it after your review, but I am still not sure if I can ever read it. I read a trilogy by Rachel Ward called Numbers and it is basically the same idea and I LOVED them all like crazy, so I think I would be unfair to this one and compare it like crazy.

    My recent review: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2015/09/noble-conflict-review.html

  4. I completely overlooked this book! I had no clue the concept was based on the main character being able to read deathdates, which reminds me of a great new adult novel called The Counting Downers. I just recently read this and loved it, so I’m definitely going to pick it up When as well! Hopefully I’ll enjoy it!

  5. This book sounds awesome! I need to read it now, your review totally convinced me. I love thrillers and this sounds like something I NEED to read.
    I don’t know if I would want to know when I was about to loose someone around me. Maybe in my job it would help to know exactly when, so I could help the family feel prepared. I don’t think I would want to know about my loved ones, or myself, better to leave some things to fate.

  6. I’m glad you got a chance to read something that you didn’t need to read. It’s always nice to do that every so often. Plus WHEN was a good choice. I loved it when I read it. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed it too.

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