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When We Were Worthy

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  9,170 ratings  ·  712 reviews
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, theyd watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, theyre faced with the deaths of three cheerleaderstheir promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in
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Published September 12th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Marybeth Whalen
Shelves: from-publisher
My first MBW novel was her previous book, The Things We Wish Were True (pub 2016) and I adored it! Being a fellow southern belle, Marybeth's writing feels familiar in an easygoing sense, and when I had the opportunity to meet her in Savannah later that same year, I was able to experience her warm heart and welcoming persona first hand. I've been hooked ever sense, and from the briefest of details that I was able to pry from her one year ago, I knew When We Were Worthy would be a special read; I ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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After reading the description for WHEN WE WERE WORTHY , I knew it was another novel that I just had to read.

The events in the novel take place in, WORTHY, GEORGIA. Population 4162

Worthy is the like most small towns, everyone knows each other and their business. On Sundays in Worthy, you'd better show up in one of the towns many different churches or you'd be gossiped about. Not a lot to do in town, a few fast food
Susanne  Strong
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 Stars.

In the town of Worthy, Football is all that matters - that is until tragedy strikes.

A car crash happens - killing the three most popular High School cheerleaders: MC, Brynne, and Keary, leaving the town in pieces. The worst part? Graham, a teenager from the High School was also involved in the collision and everyone believes he was responsible - and he survived. Leah, another cheerleader, who was besties with MC, Brynne and Keary was supposed to be in the car with them that night. Yet
Larry H
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars here.

Well I was born in a small town
And I live in a small town
Probably die in a small town
Oh, those small communities
All my friends are so small town
My parents live in the same small town

"Small Town," John Cougar Mellencamp

Marybeth Mayhew Whalen once again shows off her knack for getting inside the scandals and secrets of small-town America in her new novel, When We Were Worthy , and she does so in great soapy fashion.

"In Worthy, truth lived right next door
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
having or showing the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way.

In a town called 'Worthy' the people sure try to live up to it's name. With a name like 'worthy', you can make the correct assumption that expectations run high, especially for their revered football team. The football team is God in Worthy and the whole town shuts down for them. On a fateful and tragic night, Mary Claire and her friends were driving to a football game, expecting to cheer per
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
In my opinion, this book definitely did NOT live up to the hype or my expectations.

When We Were Worthy is a small town atmosphere about three popular cheerleaders that are killed in a horrific car accident. The young boy driving in the other vehicle manages to make it out alive.. seriously injured but alive. This story is about the accident and how the town handles this situation including the mothers, cheerleaders, high school students, football players, and the rest of the gossip that unfolds
Diane S ☔
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I live in a small town, though not as small as Worthy, the Georgia town portrayed in this novel. Worthy is a big football town, as is mine, but while the football players and cheerleaders rule the school in Worthy, I don't feel that was the case in my town. Three varsity cheerleaders, the cream of the crop, are killed in a horrific car accident. Theyoung boy driving the other car, seriously injured but still alive, becomes the focus of the towns rage. As the others greive the loss of their ...more
Sarah Joint
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can we just take a moment to admire that gorgeous cover? Look at it! Stunning. I was powerless against it and had to give this one a shot.

Small town Worthy, Georgia. Where football is huge, wins make your week and losses devastate. That's a lot of pressure to put on high school boys... and a huge ego rush when they succeed. But this story isn't really about those boys... it's about the girls, the cheerleaders.

Three cheerleaders will remain forever young in Worthy: they died in a car accident on
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 stars!

This was an intriguing and thought-provoking story. Several times I found myself wondering how I would handle being put in a similar situation as the main characters in this novel.

The lives of three varsity cheerleaders are taken in a tragic car accident in the small town of Worthy. Each and every member of this tight-knit community is affected by this devastating loss. The story is narrated by four women strongly affected by these deaths and shows how they each grieve the losses of
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Worthy... a small southern town where football is everything and everyone knows the lives of everyone. Or so it seems! There are several secrets abound and many of them will come out as the town experiences the devastating deaths of 3 cheerleaders who perished in a car accident, on the way to a party after a victorious football game. The driver of the other car, a boy from the same school, is thought to be at fault.

A tale told from several points of view, one initially feels like they're
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, southern
My first book by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and what a tremendous story! She is a very talented author.

The story takes place in a small town in Georgia. A devastating event occurs for the town and changes many lives forever. The story is told by 4 different people and each has something else going on in their lives (but are connected to the one big event.)

The story is heartbreaking especially if you are a parent of a teen. It shows how one terrible event can not only change one person's life but a
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Character studies, Moving Literary Fiction
Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul / And sings the tune without the words / And never stopsat all.
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, When We Were Worthy

When we were worthy is about a small town called Worthy Georgia. Football is a big deal in worthy, particularly high school football.

One night, after a winning game, tragically three cheerleaders are killed in a car crash . The town is thrown into grief. And this book is a character study of four women directly affected by the
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
When We Were Worthy is a story of a small town in Georgia, rocked by tragedy following a high school football game one night. Three cheerleaders are killed in a car accident and the driver of the other car, a student who survived, is accused of being at fault. The story is told from varying perspectives: two different moms, a teacher, and another cheerleader who wasnt in the car that night. The story focuses on the aftermath of the accident - grief, defense, scandal, shame, and sorrow.

The book
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeannie by: Sheri
Shelves: 2018
This was such an emotional read! I was not expecting to feel so much for these characters but I did and it made my heart hurt. Marglyn's part of the story made me cry. This was so hard to put down, I had to know how it was going to end. I recommend this one, just be prepared for some tears.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dramatic, emotional book.

If you have dark clouds over your head, don't read this story. Wait for them clear. Life in small town in Georgia, high school football, cheerleaders and popular girls and boys. And not so popular ones. Story told by four mothers, their tragic losses, where they're in their personal lives. Very good tragic story.
Mary Claire ("MC") and Brynne are beautiful head cheerleaders and together they rule the local high school of small Worthy, Georgia along with a pack of popular football boys. MC and Brynne have basically adopted two other JV cheerleaders, Keary and Leah, whom they promoted up to varsity. But one evening, everything changes in Worthy when, after another winning football game, one of the high school students, Graham, crashes his car into another, which is carrying a group of three cheerleaders. ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ahh small town Southern life never fails to fascinate me and Worthy, Georgia is the type of town you envision when you hear small town USA. Football is life for the residents and cheerleading is a close second, so when three cheerleaders are killed in a tragic car accident after a Friday night game the town is shaken to its core. The accident is just the beginning of the scandal, this tiny town has secrets and the gossips dont even know the half of it.

This is told through the eyes of four
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery-books
4 stars

The teenage years! How did we ever survive them? How do we raise children to be teenagers who accept responsibility, who realize that life is sometimes fleeting, and understand that there is so much more to life than a game?

The story of the town of Worthy Georgia starts out with triumph following a winning football game and season. The football heroes and their cheerleaders are filled with their sense of self importance, the players being considered demigods and the cheerleaders being
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2017
I enjoyed this book and all the small town feels. Is quite the captivating story!
Sharon Metcalf
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
On the very first page of When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen the word "hypocrites" came strongly to mind as a description of the people of Worthy. This feeling was reinforced throughout the book although it wasn't the main theme. Their habitual church going, their sense of community, the way they idolised their football stars and cheerleaders. On the surface, the citizens of Worthy appear to be upstanding but as the story unfolded it became evident this was not necessarily true of ...more
Mandy White
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
a gorgeous cover and glowing reviews from friends encouraged me to request this book on Netgalley. thank you to Lake Union Publishing for approving my request and fir a copy of this book to read and review. ehat happens to the people left in a small town when 3 popular girls and cheerleaders are killed in a car accident. this book gives you alot to think about. it made me cry and i read it in a day.
I had never read anything from this author before,but I'm sure to do so in the future. The writing was so good,the story well told and all the characters real and beliveable. I loved this book!

I've always loved books set in a small town. There's just something about them,everyone knowing everyone,but still there's secrets behind those well kept appearances. When We Were Worthy is set in a small town of Worthy,where high school football is everything and the players&cheerleaders are the
Judy Collins
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Elle's Book Blog
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction. YA Fiction. Social Issues.

This is a very, VERY good book. If you read the blurb, you are going to assume that it is an emotional read though, but let me tell you, it's not. It's not the type of book that is going to make you cry. Sure, the subject matter is sad, but the entire story is not about just the death of these girls. Rather, it is a story of 4 different characters who are each affected by the tragedy in some way. One is a
Catherine McKenzie
I raced through this book in a day. One small town, three dead girls, multiple narrators, plenty of secrets. If you enjoyed her first book - THE THINGS WE WISHED WERE TRUE - you'll love this too.
When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen was a really good, thought provoking story. It is set in the small town of Worthy, where the local high school football players are kings - and full of themselves. Alongside them are the cheerleaders and it is these girls who form the basis of the book.

The story is told mainly from the alternating points of view of...
Marglyn - mother of Mary Claire one of the cheerleaders. We first meet her when she has just had an argument with her daughter and
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
DNF'd @47%

Multiple povs yet none of them connected. Won't rate because I didn't finish. Felt like a terribly long episode of Desperate Housewives. Would've been more interesting if the story was about the girls leading to the accident.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become - Carl Jung
Who we choose to become is who we really are and this is what the author Marybeth is bringing home in this story. What happens in high school remains in high school is what most budding adults believe, till somebody finds the courage to speak out.
The town and the ball players
Worthy is, both a town of 4162, where everyone knows everyone and a football team, where Webb Hart, Ion Stone and Seth Bishop are the Gods on the
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, southern
Loved it, and fell into the story from the first pages!

I am mother to 2 driving, teenage daughters and a teenage son who is almost to that point. With 3 of my 4 kids in high school and living in the Deep South, reading this book was like looking into a parallel of my own life. I could feel and understand all the nuances. (It was written so well, though, that even if you don't connect on that level, you will be entranced!)

As you begin reading about the accident, which is the cornerstone event of
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

"Everything was something lovely once, something to behold. It was only after the world got to it that it became too worn to appreciate anymore."

The small town of Worthy is shocked when three cheerleaders are killed in a car accident. It's a small town where nothing bad happens. Or so it seems.

When We Were Worthy is a short yet captivating story of a small American town going through a tragic event. In the aftermath of the accident, four women are the talk of the town. Marilyn, whose
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Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of When We Were Worthy, The Things We Wish Were True and five previous novels. She speaks to women's groups around the US. She is the co-founder of the popular women's fiction site, She Reads Marybeth and her husband Curt have been married for 26 years and are the parents of six children. The family lives in North Carolina. Marybeth spends ...more

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