Title: The Names They Gave Us
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Series Status: Stand alone
Page Count: 384
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I don’t have very much to say about this book, other than that everybody needs to read it. There are so many great aspects that came into play with this book. It dealt with cancer, transgenders, teenage pregnancies, friendship, and love.
The main character was nothing special, but her story was. I could really imagine this, because the main character is the exact age as me, and I was also raised in a very religious home. I know what it is like to be angry with God for what has happened to you, and I like that this book showed that. Lucy went through so much throughout the course of this book, and she learned a lot too.
Overall, I think that this was a really great and inspiring book that everyone needs to read.
I give this novel 4/5 stars and would highly recommend it to fans of contemporary.
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