When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Whalen
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?
This book was an extremely emotional read for me, my son is still very young, but I already worry about what lies ahead when he becomes a teenager..... fast cars, parties, teenage angst.... I will be completely honest that at times these thoughts terrify me. While this book certainly fanned the flame of those fears, it also is a gorgeous tale of forgiveness, of appreciating those who are around you and a reminder to live every single day to the fullest. Whalen writes the dynamics of small town life perfectly and has given us a heartfelt tale that captures the resiliency of families when faced with unthinkable tragedy. I am working on a more detailed review because this book hit very close to home for me -- I lost a good friend in a car accident my senior year in high school. In the mean time, I wanted to go ahead and get a post up because I just loved this story so much and wanted you to add it to your TBR list if it is not already there. 5 fantastic stars.