When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

*Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions. 

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS!! 

 

31556391

Title: When We Were Worthy

Author: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Pages: 276

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

My Rating: 3/5

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 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?

Goodreads

This book has one of the most misleading synopsis and covers that I have ever read. The cover and the synopsis lead the reader to believe that this is about the lives and deaths of three cheerleaders and how people in their town are dealing with it. When in actuality, their deaths are just a catalyst for the secrets and the pressures of living in a small town to come to the surface. Just go into this book knowing that the three cheerleaders who died are not that important and there isn’t a whole lot of the story that pertains to the boy who was in the other car. He is an element of the story but he is not even close to being the main focus. The best way I can describe this book is an analysis of what life in a small American football town could be like. I am confident that there are small towns like this but I don’t feel comfortable stating that as an absolute fact. With all that being said , I did really enjoy the story and I think it is important book to read in regards to rape culture.

The story revolves around four women, Ava, Leah, Marglyn and Darcy. I really enjoyed reading from all four perspectives and formatting the story that way really helped to tell a well rounded story. Each of these women has been damaged in some way by events leading up to the car crash or by the actual car crash. They are able to give such impactful accounts of what each of them are going through.  The women felt believable and I really felt for each of them and what they were going through. The male characters were really well done as well and each of them really added to the story.  The strength of the characters is what really kept the story moving and one of the main reasons I liked it so much.

This is an adult story about loss and forgiveness but I think the themes and messages in this book are great for all women 16 and up. The women are all written so well and it is easy to relate to all of them. I do think that the book tried to make things more mysterious then they really needed to be but at the same time I don’t know what different choices the author could have made to make it less mysterious. The ending was good and really tied things up nicely which I wasn’t really expecting but I love how it brought everything together.

There were a few different romances in this book but my favorite was Leah’s romance. It was so sweet and really built up nicely throughout the whole story. Plus the two characters already had a history so it was believable and no insta love! The adult romances were understandably messier which also helped to keep them believable which as you can tell, is a big deal for me when it comes to book romances.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I think this is an important book that really pushes us to think of what our society is prioritizing. Football is more important than how then players treat women and as long as players are winning, they can pretty much get away with anything. I hate the saying “boys will be boys” because it allows society (and parents) to demand less of boys. As a mom of three boys I am raising them to respect everyone, to treat everyone with kindness and to be gentleman. Just because they are boys they don’t get a free pass to just act however they want and do whatever they please.

Let me know your thoughts on some of the topics I talked about in this review. Whether you agree or disagree with me, my blog will always be a safe place to share your opinions 🙂

~Cassie

Wonder Week Wrap-Up

wonder-week1

I realized during Wonder Week that readathons are only fun for me when I’m really able to participate in the social media aspect of it. I was able to read 4 out of 5 of my TBR books which I’m happy with with but without talking much about my progress on social media or being able to participate in any of the blog prompts it felt like a normal week of reading. Well, I don’t usually read quite as many books in a week but I’m sure you guys get my point 🙂

Unknown

The four books I read are:

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sara Pinborough
  • The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Reviews for these books will be coming soon. I’m doing a collaboration with the wonderful Paige of BooksAndBelle blog where she is going to share her review of The Lying Game on my blog and I’m going to share my review on her blog. I hope you guys are looking forward to that as much as me!

If you participated in Wonder Week then I hope you all had a great readathon and were able to finish your TBR. I’m not sure if I’m going to participate in any more readathons for awhile because my schedule is pretty crazy with my 3 boys and life in general haha

~Cassie

 

Friday Faves #5

img_9059

Sorry there was no Friday Faves last week. My kids and I all came down with colds and my poor baby got it the worst so that pretty much took over my life last week. Thankfully, we are all feeling better and other than it being ridiculously hot, this week has been a really good one.

  1. My husband has been on vacation this week and it has been so nice to have lots of family time and just to have him home in general since he works such long hours. Also, we’ve been able to get lots of home projects done that we have been wanting to do for awhile.
  2. I am participating in Wonder Week but I haven’t been very active on social media this week because of my husband being home. I have been able to read 3 books and I’m really hoping I will finish my fourth book today.
  3. I had a really good week for my blog. You all have been so supportive of me and my blog and I am truly grateful for every view, like, retweet and comment that I get. I’m happy to be a part of this community in my teeny tiny part of the internet.
  4. This week I was also nominated for two blog awards!! I’m hoping next week I will get both those posts up. It’s such a fun way to recognize other bloggers and I can’t wait to pay it forward.
  5. I also read one of my favorite books of the year this week. My Audrey by Sophie Kinsella was such a funny and well done book. I laughed out loud so many times while reading it.
  6. This morning we finally got the call that my 5 year old was finally accepted into our regular elementary school. It is a public school but there are a lot of people where I live so he was waitlisted. It was hard for Spencer, my 7 month old, to nap because we were constantly dropping off or picking up at one school or the other because they are on different time schedules. I’m so relieved that they will be at the same school at the same time!
  7. Since I wasn’t able to blog a lot in August I have a lot of content and ideas for next month so here’s hoping that I am able to get it all out. Especially reviews, I’m ridiculously behind on them.

I hope you all had a great week and I hope September is productive and amazing for you!

~Cassie