When the Light Went Out

When the Light Went Out

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Seven friends. Five years of silence. One mystery that will bring them back together again. It's been five years since Marley Bricket died from an accidental shooting. On the night of the annual memorial, Olivia Stanton, the only witness to Marley's death, gets an unexpected visitor in the form of Nick Cline - the boy who pulled the trigger on what he didn't know was a loaded gun. Since the tragedy, nothing in the quiet desert town of Cadence, California, has ever been the same. Nick's surprise reappearance puts all the kids of Albany Lane in the same place for the first time since Marley died. The once inseperable group of neighborhood friends, formerly led by Marley herself, has disbanded. But when Olivia discovers a scavenger hunt orchestrated by Marley before she died, they must come together to complete it, reopening old wounds and unearthing new questions about what really happened. Most importantly, did Marley know the gun was loaded?
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Fire,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781492670988
Characteristics: 298 pages ;,21 cm.

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vpl_teens Oct 11, 2019

Reviewed by Keisha L. for Teens Read it First

‘When The Light Went Out’ is a touching tale about the past and
present intertwined. The author, Ms. Morrissey, focussed the spotlight
onto a girl from the past, Marley, who was accidentally shot and
killed five years ago. The main character is Olivia Stanton, a
sixteen-year-old, super-relatable teenager who mourns for Marley, and
wishes that everything would be the same as it was all those years
ago.

Definitely, at a teenage era of our lives, there are a lot of regrets,
and hopes of wishing we were a child where we did not have to deal
with the messes that we have now. But Ms. Morrissey teaches us of
learning and acceptance. As the reader traverses through the pages of
the story, we eventually hit the point where we too, understand and
accept our lives and the unfortunate things of our past. Ironically,
and purposefully, the author uses Olivia Stanton’s life, one that has
more turmoil than most to create a subconscious comparison between the
reader and Olivia. This book is a reminder to be optimistic like
Olivia had. It teaches to keep going until you pull through.

The moral of the story was meaningful, but another surprising thing
about this book was how it had kept my heart-racing throughout, and
how it had glued my eyes to each of the pages until I finally
completed the story. Such a thriller. When reading, you will
experience plot twists after plot twists, adventure, excitement, and a
well-rounded, fabulous story suitable for anyone.

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darladoodles
May 22, 2019

The idea of this book -- a group of friends reuniting on the five-year anniversary of an incomprehensible tragedy -- seemed a compelling plot. There were moments when I was totally engaged and following Olivia and the gang as they attempted one last adventure together. In between all the great action parts there was so much introspection and it seemed to be so repetitive. It was boring and I found myself skimming whole pages looking for the next crumb of the plot.

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