When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is part of the SheReads Fall book selections. She Reads is a community of bloggers that as a group help promote specific books. We share reviews, thoughts, and our feelings after reading books suggested to us by the wonderful people who run the She Reads Organization.
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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?
I was heartbroken while reading this book. Not only at the loss of teenagers, but at the judgment and grief of those left behind are feeling. I cannot begin to truly understand how those who lost the three girls are feeling but I am devastated by the lack of compassion for the one who takes the blame. I am mortified by the way the adults react and how they don’t control their own teenagers.
There is nothing simple in Marybeth Whalen’s writing. I could feel the complex emotions, the grief at the loss, the fear of the consequences of actions, and the anger in the town. This is more than just a story about the loss of three young ladies. There is so much more.
The different characters all shared their points of view. It was interesting to see how the different characters perceived the same events or how they felt about them. By writing in this style I felt that I could connect with each character, feel their emotions, know their thoughts, and learn their histories.
I am a Marybeth Mayhew Whalen fan. I recommend picking up your own copy.
Thank you to SheReads and Ashley Vanicek for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.