The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

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 ov...

Title:The Names They Gave Us
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ISBN:1619639580
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:390 pages

The Names They Gave Us Reviews

  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    Feb 03, 2017

    Sometimes you read a book and you just don’t know what to even say about it. It is pretty much perfect in all the ways that surprise you yet don’t surprise you at all. It will make you feel things as you read, make you cry, make you laugh, make you swoon. That is what The Names They Gave Us did to me. In typically Emery Lord fashion I was blown away by this books beauty and realness.

    I’m not really sure how to describe what I felt and loved about th

    Sometimes you read a book and you just don’t know what to even say about it. It is pretty much perfect in all the ways that surprise you yet don’t surprise you at all. It will make you feel things as you read, make you cry, make you laugh, make you swoon. That is what The Names They Gave Us did to me. In typically Emery Lord fashion I was blown away by this books beauty and realness.

    I’m not really sure how to describe what I felt and loved about this book. First and foremost I feel like I should say that this is what you would call a “cancer book” or even a “religion book”. Sure those are huge parts of Lucy’s story, parts of who Lucy is, but I don’t think those are the two things that end up defining her. What ends up defining Lucy is Lucy. She decides to open her mind and heart to new experiences and to new people. And Lucy decides it is okay to not trust in her faith, to be angry at the hand she has been dealt. To me that is really what The Names They Gave Us is all about, finding out who you are and want to be and being okay with it. Don’t get me wrong, Lucy’s mother having cancer is a major part of this story and truly broke my heart for Lucy, but that is just the beginning of her story. With the help of a new camp, new friends and a boy to mend her broken heart a new, stronger Lucy is born and that is the heart of the whole story. Well that and the friends Lucy makes

    Lucy’s friends at the new camp are truly amazing and inspiring. They are all dealing with something whether it is anxiety or illness or abuse. They all have some kind of baggage but they also don’t carry that baggage alone. They let each other help and they rely on one another for support. It is the definition of a true friendship. And they willing, okay, some more than others, take Lucy into their fold which is something she needed desperately without even knowing it. And this isn’t even talking about the beauty that is Henry and what he adds to the change in Lucy. Gah. I’m smiling just thinking about Lucy and Henry.

    Truth, I’m not convinced Emery Lord is human. Okay well I know she is because I have met her, but still. The Names They Gave Us is Emery’s 4th book (I’ve been a massive fan since Open Road Summer) and her 4th book to completely blow me away. Every time I read a book by her I think her next one can’t be better and then I read the next one. It’s unfathomable yet she manages to do it every time. There is something just so magical about her books. I swear if you are not a fan yet you will be as soon as you read something with her name on it. Make sure you add The Names They Gave Us to your TBR.

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Sep 27, 2016

    Wow. Booktube review:

  • Stacee
    Jan 20, 2017

    Emery Lord is an auto buy author, so I don't even read the synopsis of her books any more. I just know I'm going to love them.

    Love love loved Lucy. She's an amazing character: strong, loyal, curious. I truly enjoyed being in her head and reading her struggle. Her found group of friends were fantastic and I adore the way Emery writes every friendship like its ride or die. And her parents were perfection.

    The underlying theme of this story is Lucy and her faith. I'm not particularly religious, so w

    Emery Lord is an auto buy author, so I don't even read the synopsis of her books any more. I just know I'm going to love them.

    Love love loved Lucy. She's an amazing character: strong, loyal, curious. I truly enjoyed being in her head and reading her struggle. Her found group of friends were fantastic and I adore the way Emery writes every friendship like its ride or die. And her parents were perfection.

    The underlying theme of this story is Lucy and her faith. I'm not particularly religious, so when I saw that, I was a little reserved about how it could possible take over the story. And it totally does, but in the best way possible.

    This book was a quiet heartbreak I wasn't ready for. It does have its swoons and banter like always, but there's so much feeling in it. It made my cold, black heart beat a little faster and nearly cry twice. If that's not a glowing recommendation, I don't know what is.

    **Huge thanks to Bloombury for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)
    Oct 24, 2016

    Wow...that was fantastic! I really didn't think I would connect with this story because I usually shy away from stories focused on religion, but I was so wrong. This story was beautiful, heartbreaking and powerful. Definitely my favourite Emery Lord novel I've read. Highly recommend it!

  • Andie
    May 04, 2017

    I just started reading Emery Lord last year and she has gradually become an auto-buy author for me. She has such a way with words and characters that each book is utterly unputadownable. This story does deal with tough subjects such as cancer and religion, (I know what you're thinking - ugh cancer, ugh religion - no thanks) but don't let that scare you off! If you've read any of Lord's previous work then you know that the hard subjects are what she excels at. Cancer stories hit a little too clos

    I just started reading Emery Lord last year and she has gradually become an auto-buy author for me. She has such a way with words and characters that each book is utterly unputadownable. This story does deal with tough subjects such as cancer and religion, (I know what you're thinking - ugh cancer, ugh religion - no thanks) but don't let that scare you off! If you've read any of Lord's previous work then you know that the hard subjects are what she excels at. Cancer stories hit a little too close to home for me but I can assure you that Emery Lord handles every topic with respect.

    Lucy is a Christian and daughter of a pastor so Religion plays a huge part of the book, yes, but it's not in a bad way at all like you may think. Lucy has her beliefs and sticks to them but she's not judgmental towards anyone else's nor does she push her religion on others. She is open minded, loving, and accepting. Though, that's not to mean that she is perfect, far from it.

    In

    you will explore a girl who begins to question her faith.

    A camp for troubled kids, with a group of counselors all carrying around their own heavy baggage. A huge array of diverse characters. Failing in love. Grief - how to deal with it and still live your life. And at the core of this story is family and friendships and finding your "herd".

    Emery Lord never ceases to amaze me. She has a magical way of weaving words and creating flawed, complex characters that are entirely relatable. I loved every single one of these characters and that's no exaggeration.

    Even though this book deals with a lot of heavy topics, there is still much fun to be had! Highly recommend this for your summer reading.

  • Sarah
    Apr 28, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley.)

    This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose Christian faith was tested when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.

    Lucy was an okay character and I felt really sorry for her and her family. Going through a breast cancer diagnosis must be super hard, and to have

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley.)

    This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose Christian faith was tested when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.

    Lucy was an okay character and I felt really sorry for her and her family. Going through a breast cancer diagnosis must be super hard, and to have to face it twice felt really unfair, and I could see why she stopped praying for a while.

    The storyline in this was about Lucy’s mom asking her to be a counsellor at a camp for troubled teens instead of at her parent’s church camp, and Lucy doing it because she knew it would make her mom happy. We also had Lucy’s faith being tested by the diagnosis and a bit of a romance storyline, with Lucy’s boyfriend Lukas ‘pausing’ their relationship at such a hard time for her, and Lucy finding another romantic interest at Camp Daybreak. The pace in this was so slow though! After the initial getting to camp was over, it was just day-to-day camp activities, very little romance, and even Lucy’s mom’s cancer seemed to take a back burner which was surprising for me as it felt like it should have been the main storyline.

    The ending to this was a big disappointment for me as the story seemed to just leave us hanging, and it didn’t feel like a proper ending at all.

    6 out of 10

  • Casey
    Apr 11, 2017

    This book started off really slow and pretty boring for me I was seriously think I wasn't in the mood for it and about to put it down for another time THEN something magical happened.

    We get a whole freakin cast of amazing character that had heartbreaking back stories and amazing relationships with each other.

    This camp, these character, the diversity (that should be in EVERY contemporary) every character had a backstory, every character was messy and lovely, the romance was so cute, and the stru

    This book started off really slow and pretty boring for me I was seriously think I wasn't in the mood for it and about to put it down for another time THEN something magical happened.

    We get a whole freakin cast of amazing character that had heartbreaking back stories and amazing relationships with each other.

    This camp, these character, the diversity (that should be in EVERY contemporary) every character had a backstory, every character was messy and lovely, the romance was so cute, and the struggles and hardships everyone faced felt so real.

    Full gushing review to come closer to release

    Thank you Bloomsbury for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jen Ryland
    May 07, 2017

    UPDATE May 14: I did read this and overall I'm glad I did. But for those of you who are hesitant to read a cancer book, here's a heads up that illness and other types of loss and the sorrow and despair that go with them were a thread that ran strongly through the entire story.

    As always, Emery Lord's writing is lovely. Most of the book takes place at a camp for kids who have suffered some sort of loss or trauma. Lucy's mom asks her to go there for a bunch of reasons, one of them being that Lucy's

    UPDATE May 14: I did read this and overall I'm glad I did. But for those of you who are hesitant to read a cancer book, here's a heads up that illness and other types of loss and the sorrow and despair that go with them were a thread that ran strongly through the entire story.

    As always, Emery Lord's writing is lovely. Most of the book takes place at a camp for kids who have suffered some sort of loss or trauma. Lucy's mom asks her to go there for a bunch of reasons, one of them being that Lucy's mom has breast cancer that has recurred. Before Lucy arrives, her boyfriend has just put their relationship "on pause" so she's free to fall for another guy, which she does.

    The counselors and campers were a wonderful bunch, my only gripe being that there were a bunch of characters and first the counselors are introduced by last name and then the book switches to calling them by their first names.

    Where I feared the illness theme, I see that other readers feared the religious themes. For me those weren't really much of the book - Lucy is a Christian and her father is a pastor and some of her beliefs are questioned a bit. There's a big spoiler, which almost made me wish that the book had picked one path or the other: either illness/Christianity or the spoiler/Christianity. I felt that both were almost too much.

    To me, the book was exploring how people go on living in the face of terrible things, or as the book puts it, "being okay and not okay all at once." When things are like that, it is comforting to be around other people who get it, though the book acknowledges that's a temporary thing. "I want to go back to when I felt like nothing could hurt me," Lucy says at one point.

    SET BOOK ASIDE on May 7: Read a few chapters and I just can't do this one. I used to love sad books but I don't feel that way any more. And I really can't read any more illness books. The synopsis was worrisome but I decided to try this. I had a knot in my stomach the whole time I was reading and had to stop. Peeked at the ending and that didn't make me feel much better -

    Just saying that the illness theme runs throughout the book, which was one of my concerns.


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