Review: When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy is an adult drama focused on four characters in the aftermath of a small town tragedy. After a high school football victory, when the whole town should be celebrating, four families are mourning. Three cheerleaders are killed when a teenage boy crashing into them while presumably racing his new car. The reader learns the truth about the accident and other scandals in town from these characters: Leah, the friend that should have been in the car that night, Ava, the substitute teacher who’s relieved that one of the girls didn’t live to tell what she saw at the game that night, Marglyn, a grieving mother wracked with guilt over missing that last game, and Darcy, the mother of the boy responsible for the crash.

This book started off so well. I found myself reading this book every chance I got for about the first half. I was sucked in by the writing, and I needed to know what was happening and how everyone was dealing. Then things slowed down a little bit. I was hoping for more moving on and the secrets came out a little slower than I would have liked, but even still I really enjoyed this book.

Each character made me think. I was surprised by some of their actions. I wanted to step in and comfort some of them or give others advice. This book would have been a great one to read with a book club. There was a lot of emotions and actions to discuss even though there was a ton of overall plot. It’s pretty isolated to that one event and how it plays out over the next couple of months.

I liked Leah and Darcy the best. I knew something awful had happened to Leah that night, and I needed to find out what exactly it was. And I was most sympathetic to Darcy – recently divorced, keeping her son’s secret, hated by the whole town. I didn’t dislike any of the characters, but I found myself looking forward to these two characters’ chapters the most.

Rating: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.

When We Were Worthy
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Lake Union Publishing
September 12, 2017

A win brought them together, but loss may tear them apart.

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption—or will it be their downfall?

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    1. Yes, I liked Leah as well. I felt so bad for her. I wanted someone to just talk to her and help her. I agree about the plot with Ava. Not necessary at all.

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