ARC Book Review: The Names They Gave Us

Posted June 22, 2017 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

ARC Book Review: The Names They Gave UsTitle: The Names They Gave Us
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: May 16th 2017
Pages: 400

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.


This was provided for free by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or the review to follow.

I have never read an Emery Lord novel before, but this book put her right onto my auto buy authors list. I’ve also never really been a huge fan of YA contemporary novels, but this book has also gotten me reading more and more of these kinds of books. I loved the light hearted feelings I got with it, but I also loved how serious this book was and the real, raw emotions it brought out. And let me tell you, there are feels that come with this one.

I’ve never read a book where religion was a big factor, and that was definitely the case with this one. I don’t think that it was a big factor as in it’s a constant theme throughout the book, so much as its a huge part of the main character’s life and back story. I think it was done in the best way that it could have been done in. In my experience, when books and movies try to deal with religion, it tends to come off as a very pushy thing. That could be because of personal experience, but if that is the case, this book changed it for me. It made me feel like it was part of the story versus what the author was trying to push on me, and that’s a very important thing for me.

When it comes to the characters and the plot, it was just as amazing as everything else about the book. I loved the fact that every character was real, and flawed. There wasn’t even an inkling of someone being a Mary Sue, or the perfect romantic interest, and it felt like it was real.

If you want a summer read that’s going to tug at your heart strings, this is the book for you.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

  • I was sadly not a huge fan of this! It was disappointing and overhyped for me and I couldn’t connect with the characters at all! But so glad to hear you enjoyed this and thanks for the lovely review!

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

    • Olivia

      It probably helped that I read it months ago, before I’d read any reviews on it; hype tends to always make things a bit disappointing for me. I do understand the connecting with characters part, it seems as if only a very certain group of people would be able to, but sometimes I love to just ‘watch’ the story if that makes sense, so I don’t always need to connect. And thank you!