by Emery Lord
Release Date: May 16th 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?
Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.
Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.
It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.
When it comes to Emery Lord, I don’t even read the synopsis… I just know I want to read it. I’ve read every one of her books, and I’ve loved them all. She has this amazing ability to address very sensitive subjects in such a strong and respective manner. The Names They Gave Us was exactly that.
I have to admit that when I started reading, not knowing what this book was about, and I stumbled upon the fact that religion and cancer were going to be topics addressed in this story, I was a bit nervous. I often shy away from books with religion, and some cancer books are just a bit too much for me. But let me tell you, don’t let the words “faith” or “cancer” scare you at all in this one! Though Lucy struggling with her faith and a loved once suffering with cancer are very prominent topics in this story, they were handled beautifully and shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for those that usually shy away from those topics.
“For the first time in my life, I consider that I am being looked down on by no one, by nothing.”
In classic Emery style, there were highs, lows, and everything in between. So many swoony and outright adorable moments, mixed in with quite a few times where your feels will be hit hard. It’s always a bit of an emotional roller-coaster with Emery’s books, and that’s one of the things I love most about her. This is definitely one I would recommend for your summer reading lists!
Have you read The Names They Gave Us? Have you read Emery’s other books? Which is your favorite?