Author: Donna Cooner
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
Download the app. Be the judge.
Everyone at Linden’s high school is obsessed with Worthy. It’s this new app that posts pictures of couples, and asks: Is the girl worthy of the guy?
Suddenly, relationships implode as the votes climb and the comments get real ugly real fast.
At first, Linden is focused on other things. Like cute Alex Rivera. Prom committee. Her writing. But soon she’s intrigued by Worthy. Who’s posting the pictures? Who’s voting? And what will happen when the spotlight turns… on Linden?
Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!
How I Found Out About It: Indigo newsletter
Going into this book, I was excited, but at the same time a bit skeptical. Writing books like this that centre around special apps can be quite hard to pull off realistically, but even though at first it seemed like a cheesy, cliche romance, I think Donna Cooner did end up doing a pretty good job.
For a brief synopsis, Worthy follows high schooler Linden. At her school, there is an app called Worthy that everyone is downloading, which is used to rate couples and determine whether or not the girl is worthy of the guy. It may have been made to be all fun and games, but pretty soon things get violent and comments get nasty. It starts destroying girls’ self-esteem, relationships, and more. Linden tries to avoid it all, but then she finds herself thrown into the mess, and pretty soon the spotlight shines on her.
The characters were okay at first, but I could definitely see development in them by the end of the book. At the start of the story, I found Linden to be a bit annoying and selfish, and she would only follow what others were doing in order to fit in. As the story progressed, though, I noticed that she was becoming more and more like a leader, as well as more confident with herself. Alex, the love interest, was pretty accepting, though a bit bland. The relationship between the two of them was all positive, but it just wasn’t memorable, if you get what I mean.
What mostly stood out to me about this book were the AMAZING, FABULOUS morals. Nowadays, we live in a world full of social media, and rather than traditionally interacting face to face, people often tend to text or Snapchat with their friends. Sure, it is all meant to be fun, but too much of it could be unhealthy, which is exactly what this book shows. Also, many people on social media tend to jazz up their profiles in order to gain others’ approval, filling their pages with fully edited selfies with friends to breathtaking pictures of themselves on a beach. Basically, many teens’ online profiles are replicas of each other, and this book teaches us that just by turning off that phone, we can learn to like ourselves better for who we are, not because we got 100 likes on our latest Instagram selfies. Social media cannot define you in any way- it’s your own way of thinking that does.
All in all, the characters weren’t 100% amazing, but the message that this book sends out definitely was. To you, this may just look like a typical contemporary romance book about social media, but there is really so much more attached to it. If you are a teen (or even an adult!) who is really into social media, I’d absolutely recommend this book to you, as you will come out of it feeling assured that you are 100000% worthy!
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*