Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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A waitress named Virginia is in love with a diner regular, a widower named Aaron. Aaron and his four-year-old son, Buddy, stop in almost daily, which Virginia has interpreted as a sure-fire sign that marriage is imminent. Mind you, he doesn’t even have her phone number. One day, though, Virginia’s dreams might actually come true, because Aaron actually asks her on a date. As I was only half-listening, I am somewhat unsure of why Aaron and Buddy walked home on train tracks that night, or why children were playing with fireworks on those very train tracks, which were on a bridge. I just know that fireworks were set off and a train was coming, Aaron and his dog that I forgot to mention were killed, and Buddy was just barely spared from being crushed by the train. A devastated Virginia tries to adopt buddy, because she clearly has rights to the son of the man that she lusted over but was never in an actual relationship with. Shockingly, this doesn’t work out for her, and the boy goes to Florida to live with his grandparents.

Almost twenty years later, Virginia now owns the diner and is about to get married to some sleazebag. Said sleazebag is jealous of Ginnie’s dog, so he drives out in the middle of nowhere and lets the dog go. Enter the now twenty-three year old Buddy, who finds and falls in love with the dog. Buddy has some mental issues which are never explained, but randomly show up throughout the novel to baffle the readers. Buddy and Virginia are brought together over this dog, formerly named “T.Rex” but renamed “Worthy” by Buddy.  Buddy teaches Virginia that she is worth so much more than a skeezy boyfriend, and Virginia teaches Buddy that he can be more than a recluse? I think that was the take-home message there. I don’t know. I don’t really care.

This book was so painfully sappy. I hated it. Buddy doesn’t seem like a real person in any regard, so it was impossible to sympathize with him, and Virginia just seemed like a total idiot. Terrible. Terrible. I’m done. I miss you, Audible – I’m coming back, I can’t let this happen again.

 

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