The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Our Rating: 5
Goodreads Rating: 4.2
This Book in a Song: Rose-Colored Boy by Paramore, Best Friend by Jason Mraz
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.
Emery Lord has done it again. I just want to take a moment and thank her for writing such an incredible story. This book was very dear to my heart in many aspects. As you have probably heard, this story is more than a book about cancer and religion. The Names They Gave Us tells the story of Lucy Hansson learning to grow up while still dealing with her pain and worry.
I loved how each and every character in the story had a meaningful background. This book not only showed the harsh reality of this world, but it also showed that for every broken heart there is somebody to help make it better.
One thing Emery Lord is really good at writing about is meaningful friendships. That is one reason I fell in love with her stories and writing. I feel that Emery Lord really understands the importance of friendship as she displays in her novels.
“Rose-Colored Boy” by Paramore perfectly fits Lucy’s relationship with Luckas. While Luckas was trying to help Lucy feel better, he did not understand that she needed to deal with the heartbreak before she felt better.
“Best Friend” by Jason Mraz describes the relationship between the Lucy & Henry as well as her friendship with the rest of the counselors. They all supported each other and help each other through the hard times. All of them came with their own baggage but that is what brought them all together.