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?
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- ! '"Hey. What''s this Worthy thing?"
"Oh, yeah." I''d forgotten about the
app. Checking to make sure Mrs. Longshore, isn''t around, I take my phone out of
my pocket. Then I tap the Worthy app and it opens. "It''s this new app," I say,
showing it to Kat.
"Welcome to Worthy!" the screen reads. "A private network
for Sam Houston High School students to share honest opinions about the weaknesses
and strengths of selected girls. Swipe here to continue."
"Huh?" Kat says.
"''Selected girls?'' Who''s doing the selecting?"
"I don''t know," I say,
feeling kind of nervous. But I obey the app and swipe to get to the next screen.
on the left hand side of the screen, there''s a photo of Taylor Reed, grinning in
what''s obviously a selfie. I recognize it from Instagram. On the right hand side,
there''s a photo of her boyfriend, Liam Richardson, standing on the football field
holding a helmet in one hand'
- ! ' I think that photo was on our school website.
Underneath the photos,
in big block letters, is one question:
"Is she worthy?"'