When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy

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 fa...

Details When We Were Worthy

TitleWhen We Were Worthy
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Audiobook

Reviews When We Were Worthy

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    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 kne...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/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 4162Worthy 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 ab...
  • Susanne Strong
    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 sup...
  • Larry H
    I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars here.Well I was born in a small townAnd I live in a small townProbably die in a small townOh, those small communitiesAll my friends are so small townMy parents live in the same small town—"Small Town," John Cougar MellencampMarybeth 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 ...
  • Crumb
    wor·thyadjectivehaving 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 d...
  • Kendall
    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, footbal...
  • Diane S ☔
    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 ...
  • Sarah Joint
    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 forev...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    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 deat...
    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 point...
  • Tina
    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 ...
  • Bren
    “Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul / And sings the tune without the words / And never stops—at all.” ― Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, When We Were WorthyWhen 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...
  • Brandice
    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 wasn’t in the car that night. The story focuses on the aftermath of the accident - ...
  • Jeannie
    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.
  • Tulay
    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.
  • Kristy
    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, ...
  • Amy
    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 it’s core. The accident is just the beginning of the scandal, this tiny town has secrets and the gossips don’t even know the...
  • Marialyce
    4 starsThe 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 ...
  • Tammy
    I enjoyed this book and all the small town feels. Is quite the captivating story!
  • Sharon Metcalf
    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 b...
  • Mandy White
    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.
  • Essi🦄
    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 everyth...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow.
  • Elle's Book Blog
    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 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.
  • Kathryn
    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 ...
  • Shalini
    I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become - Carl JungWho 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 playersWorthy is, both a town of 4162, where everyone knows everyone and a football team, where Webb Hart, Ion...
  • Angie
    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 abou...
  • Cesar
    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 w...