Thursday, January 14, 2016

*Review* Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Genre: Chick-Lit
Published: June 2, 2015
Pages: 325


They might’ve been a family.

Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together.

Nineteen years later, Virginia is engaged, though she has not forgotten Aaron or Buddy. When her dog goes missing and it comes to light that her fiancĂ© set him loose, a distraught Virginia breaks off the engagement and is alone once again. A shy young man has found the missing pet, and although he’s bonded with the animal, he answers his conscience and returns the dog. Before long, Virginia and the young man discover a connection from their pasts that will help them let go of painful memories and change their lives forever.


Have a box of tissues handy before you even think about reading this book. It is a serious tearjerker. There were several times while reading that my eyes started leaking uncontrollably; some of them happy, some of them sad, all of them against my will. If you're looking for a book to help you release some tears, though, then this is definitely the book for you.

Worthy is told in dual POV, alternating between the two main characters, Jody and Virginia. I enjoyed being able to see the events through both of their eyes. It made me feel like I had a well rounded view of the story, although it also meant that I knew several truths before the characters figured them out. I do believe this increased my tear production at times. 

This story shows us the best and the worst in people, but ultimately it's one of those renewed faith in humanity stories, even though it's fiction. I feels so real that it's easy to believe the events could happen. 

Overall I give Worthy 4 out of 5 stars because it was well constructed and successfully forced emotions on me that I typically don't want to feel. - Katie 

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About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the bestselling author of twenty-seven published and forthcoming books. Some of her recent books include The Language of HoofbeatsTake Me with YouWhere We Belong, and Don’t Let Me Go. Her short stories have been published in Antioch ReviewMichigan Quarterly ReviewVirginia Quarterly ReviewPloughsharesGlimmer Train, and the Sun. She has received numerous awards, including the Rainbow Award and the British Book Award.

Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture and translated into twenty-three languages. Hyde is the founder of the Pay It Forward Foundation.

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  1. I'm not emotionally stable enough for feels!

    1. Then I would not recommend you read this book. There are all sorts of feels. - Katie

  2. Oooooh, this one looks real good.