In Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us , a young teen Lucy has always seemed to have her life together, relying on her faith to get her through difficult situations and having a steady boyfriend like she has always wanted. Lucy’s life is routine and she never faces sanything unexpected or challenging. But when Lucy learns that her mother’s cancer reappeared her life begins to unravel. She not only gives up on her boyfriend, but she also gives up her faith. Lucy expects to spend the summer at her parents Bible camp-but instead they send her to the camp across the lake for kids who have been through tough times.Now Lucy must be a counselor, at the camp she doesn’t even want to be at in the first place. She can’t help but feel out of place with the people there. Over time, Lucy begins to connect with the people around her and opening up in ways she could never expect.The more time she spends with the people at the camp the more she realizes the people at the camp are just as imperfect as her. Overall, this was a beautifully written book, showing that even though your situation might not be ideal, you can always make the most of it. I will definitely be rereading this book many times, as well as recommending it to friends.
Submitted by M. W.