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.