The Names They Gave Us

The Names They Gave Us

by Emery Lord


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ISBN-13: 9781681195926
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 97,187
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, and When We Collided. She lives with her husband in Ohio, where they are owned by two rescue dogs.


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The Names They Gave Us 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book so far i started reading on wednesday afternoon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Read it twice in a week. Great story of emotion and coming to terms with life and the painful parts of it.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
THE NAMES THEY GAVE US is a heartbreaking and triumphant tale of Lucy, who is struggling with her mom's cancer coming back, as well as the shifting landscape around her. I love how much Lucy was able to stay true to herself in the novel, while still discovering who she was. Y'all, I think it's official: Emery Lord is my new favorite author. See more reviews at my blog!
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
THE NAMES THEY GAVE US is classic Emery Lord--as poignant as it is powerful. Nobody writes life-saving friendships or strong, supportive families better, and the bonds formed between Lucy and her fellow camp counselors take on extra importance because they're all struggling with trauma, or mental illness, or loss. Although I can't always connect with characters undergoing crises of faith, Lucy's journey from questioning the strength of her beliefs to accepting the ways in which her life has changed is sure to resonate with both religious readers, and readers struggling with issues of their own.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for camp stories, so of course I loved The Name They Gave Us. Lucy is a pastor’s kid. She’s always been good. She’s dating the perfect gentleman, and they’ve done nothing more than kiss. But when Lucy’s mom’s cancer comes back, she gets angry. Everyone’s platitudes aren’t cutting it anymore. It’s just not fair. She starts swearing, and her boyfriend can’t handle it. It’s seems a little crazy, right? Unless you grew up in a conservative church, this part of the story might be ridiculous. I completely got it. Lucy’s mom persuades her to take a last-minute job at a camp for troubled kids instead of helping out at their church camp like she normally does during the summer. That camp is right near the church camp, so she is still able to see her parents on Sundays. Lucy is taken in by a group of other young counselors almost immediately upon getting to camp. She has normal friends for the first time ever, and she is stunned by their honesty and by all of the things they’ve dealt with. She also connects right away to some of the campers. It’s a very touching story. And of course there’s an adorable romance. The ending is a bit ambiguous, which I think was kind of nice. It’s up to the reader what happens to Lucy’s mom, but that’s not really the point. The point is the truth Lucy’s learned about herself and her own parents. I really loved this book. Parents make mistakes too, and it’s so important to share those with our children, when the time is right.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I loved this more than words can say. I know I say that a lot about all the books I've enjoyed over the years, but this one takes the cake. I really felt like this one was meant for me. You see, in 2013 my aunt lost the battle with breast cancer and I had similar feelings as Lucy did throughout this entire book. Lucy loves her life and everything in it, from her perfect parents, to her perfect boyfriend, to her swim team, to her faith. But all things come to a halt as her mother's cancer reappears. Because of this she relents to her mother's wishes and decides that she will go to summer camp.... A HIPPIE summer camp that seems to be the exact opposite of her family's church camp. But when she gets there, it's not exactly what she's expecting. Ok, so when I said I went through some of the same things Lucy did, I really meant it. Even some of the same things that her mother told her were some of the same things that my aunt told me. I really wish I had had this book to read back then as a way to cope. This isn't really a cancer book although it does happen in the book, but more of a coming to terms, grief management, kind of book. It really helped me come to terms and work through some things with the passing of my aunt. The characters and setting in this book are my absolute favorite. Lord has such a way of writing realistic fiction that makes it seem as if you're actually friends with all of them as well. It was great to see Lucy grow and change so much in just a summer. I was happy she got to see the potential of all the things she can really do. I also really liked seeing her and her group of friends. I loved seeing how their friendship developed and how they spent time together. Like Lucy, it helped to take my mind off the things that were troubling her and gave me something else to focus on instead which I was thankful for. Lastly, the setting was just what I needed to start off the summer. I felt as if I was actually attending camp with them, having the same experiences. Emery Lord has a way of putting you in the book and showing you the place she wants you to envision, much like a movie. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the religious aspect. But I realized just how important it was to Lucy while reading. And it was so realistic. Being the granddaughter of a Pastor, both me and my mom felt much like Lucy at one time. The ending was what made me say "Forget what you don't like about the religious aspect, this book is amazing." It wrapped up everything together and showed just how much she grew thorough-out the entire novel. This is one of the best examples of character development I've read in a long time. Although it hit a little close to home, it was welcomed. I haven't felt like a book spoke to me this much in a long time. Although When We Collided is still my favorite Emery Lord novel, this one is only a sliver behind it.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that this novel got such high reviews considering the religious component that the synopsis addressed. I have been reading YA novels for a while now and I haven’t found many novels that religion plays such an important role. As I read this novel, religion wasn’t something that could be ignored. I found that it wasn’t preachy or demanding, it was there and Lucy needed to find where it fit in her life. She was a teen, who was addressing other responsibilities and concerns in her life and religion was just another issue that needed to be addressed. She had grown up immersed in church activities as her father was a pastor but now things in Lucy’s life have just recently changed and Lucy’s priorities needed to be adjusted. I didn’t mind the religious aspect of this novel but it was something that ran throughout the novel. Lucy’s parents run a summer church camp for children and Lucy helps her parents each summer with the campers. Lucy has been spending a great deal of time with her parents, as her mother has been recently diagnosed with cancer but this summer her mother wants her to be a counselor at Camp Daybreak. How can Lucy help her mother if she is down the road being a counselor at the hippie camp? Reluctantly, as a favor to her mom, Lucy arrives at Camp Daybreak but she is reluctant to show anyone who she really is. It’s painful to watch Lucy in the corner, as the campers enjoy their day at camp. She’s miserable, I know she has so much to offer these kids but she is wallowing in her self-pity. Lucy slowly learns to let go and be herself as the days pass and she starts to warm up to individuals around her. Lucy starts to learn that she is okay with these campers and that she is like everyone else. Just by letting her wall down, this powerful move is a great start for Lucy. It opens doors for her. I wondered at times about Lucy’s maturity as I read for she seems so immature on certain subjects, I wondered if she was sheltered when she was younger. All through the novel, I could see Lucy changing and at the end of the novel, Lucy was a different girl, a girl who was willing and able to accept new ideas and be adventurous.
inkouraged More than 1 year ago
Euhh I'm not really sure what to think of this book. At first glance it seems like a Christian novel but as it progressed it seemed more and more.. not? It wasn't exactly anti-religious, but the author seemed to be hinting that religion just wasn't the answer for Lucy. All throughout the summer Lucy's moaning about how her faith isn't strong enough but each time she gets to finally "live" or experience something she had never before she gets all excited and goes on for four paragraphs about how she's truly happy now. Mhmmm, but wait five pages and she's crying about how God isn't instantly healing her mom again. Another thing is how much crying there was in this book?? It says something when I cannot, in fact, count on one hand (maybe not even on two) how many times Lucy breaks down into a blubbering mess. Yes, your mom's dying of cancer, BUT YOU AREN'T EVEN SUPPORTING HER. Lucy is made out to be the "good girl" but even before going to Hippie Camp (more on that later) she can barely do anything right. She makes her parents cry and worry and acts like an ignorant brat. SHE'S KIND OF REALLY ANNOYING I CAN'T But I did like her "hippie" friends! Keely is A+++ yes please you go girl. Everyone needs a friend like that; I enjoyed their gradual friendship and the depth of Keely's character (or at least compared to Luce over here). That said, I don't like the love interest. So Jones may be suuuuupeerrrrrr suuuupppperrrrr good looking and charming and awesome and swaggy and always does the right thing etc etc etc and that's great BUT WHAT DOES HE SEE IN LUCE HUH?? There's nothing he would SHOULD be admiring about Lucy BECAUSE SHE'S SO FREAKING ANNOYING. The setting is interesting, basically a hippie camp a couple miles from where Luce lives so we can keep the love triangle with her ex-bf going (boo). The girls Lucy is counseling made the story cuter and not as slow as I thought it was going to be (although what kind of person in the right mind would let Lucy take care of these many little children??) Sigh. I was really excited for this because I really did like Lord's Open Road Summer.. maybe I should just stick to light fluffy contemporaries then. :) PSSSSTT find me at!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
Thoughts/ Opinions before Reading: 1) This is only my second Emery Lord book – the first being When We Collided that was NICE, but not all I expected it to be 2) I’m a little wary to be reading a book about faith and Christianity (I’m agnostic, and books that incorporate a lot of religion aren’t necessarily my favourite) 3) THIS COVER IS SO SO BEAUTIFUL THAT I HAVE TO OWN IT. Thoughts after reading the book: Short and Sweet: The Names They Gave Us surprised me in the best way – it had all the goodness of a summer romance, had just the right amount of family and faith, it handled all the issues it took on perfectly and was so real I couldn’t help but fall in love. · Lucy Esther had one of the best character growths I’ve seen in a while. She started off as your standard good girl, a little naïve, a little set in her ways (cue terms like *hippie camp* and *heathens*) but by the end of it, she’d definitely grown as a person and I loved witnessing it. · I LOVED LUCY’S FAMILY. I’m ALWAYS, ALWAYS complaining about how families just aren’t portrayed enough in YA contemporaries and how that makes them so unbelievable because HELLO – minors and high school? Lucy’s family was just the right amount of present, they were constantly in her thoughts and well, THEY MATTERED IN THIS BOOK. Thank you, Emery for bringing the perfect amount of family life to a YA Book. · SUMMER CAMP! I’ve never been at a month long camp, and I haven’t really thought about what it would be like, but I really truly loved the atmosphere of this camp. It had a bunch of kids with difficult lives trying to be kids and I loved everything about it! I loved the counselors and the banter they had among themselves, and the fact that these humans were real friends · FAITH. Or, more specifically, the way faith was handled. Like I said in my ‘before’ thoughts, I’m agnostic (not an atheist, not religious) and so books with their content as religion aren’t my favourite. For the first time, I not only didn’t mind it, I felt like it really tied the whole book together, making Lucy a character that was so much more life-like. A cute, refreshing, swoon-worthy, family filled summer read from one of the masters of contemporary young adult literature! 5 stars!
Tara_Reads More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. This is my favorite Emery Lord book; I've read all of them except Open Road Summer. Emery populated the book with a diverse set of characters, all of whom were well rounded and fleshed out. The relationships between each of the characters were so authentic and sincere. The setting was great; definitely fun, summer camp vibes. I really appreciated the growth of Lucy's character, especially when it comes to the light through which she views her parents and their lives. It was handled incredibly well and there was nuance to it, I'm especially appreciative of it because it's not something I see often in YA so that was great. I checked this book out from the library and will probably buy it at some point in the future because it was so good.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
When it comes to Emery Lord, I don't even read the synopsis... I just know I want to read it. I've read every one of her books, and I've loved them all. She has this amazing ability to address very sensitive subjects in such a strong and respective manner. The Names They Gave Us was exactly that. I have to admit that when I started reading, not knowing what this book was about, and I stumbled upon the fact that religion and cancer were going to be topics addressed in this story, I was a bit nervous. I often shy away from books with religion, and some cancer books are just a bit too much for me. But let me tell you, don't let the words "faith" or "cancer" scare you at all in this one! Though Lucy struggling with her faith and a loved once suffering with cancer are very prominent topics in this story, they were handled beautifully and shouldn't be a deal-breaker for those that usually shy away from those topics. "For the first time in my life, I consider that I am being looked down on by no one, by nothing." In classic Emery style, there were highs, lows, and everything in between. So many swoony and outright adorable moments, mixed in with quite a few times where your feels will be hit hard. It's always a bit of an emotional roller-coaster with Emery's books, and that's one of the things I love most about her. This is definitely one I would recommend for your summer reading lists! (Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review!)
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
This book is the very definition of a character-driven novel. It has a wonderful character ARC for the Lucy and a beautiful cast of supporting characters, who I just could not get enough of. This book is pretty heavy right from the beginning. Lucy's family is dealing with some serious stuff, and as a reader you get thrown right into that. The combination of that with the fact that Lucy was initially a difficult character for me to identify with did make the beginning feel a little slow. However, reading past that point is so very worth it. As the story continues, Lucy's character develops, and you get to see further into the lives of the other characters around her. Emery Lord has created some truly wonderful characters in this story. Their lives and stories are so diverse, and they each have such distinct character traits. They absolutely came alive for me while I was reading, feeling more like real people than fiction. Many of the characters in this book are dealing with some very serious life situations, and Emery Lord does not shy away from tackling some big social issues here from life and death, to faith, to discrimination, prejudice, and hate. This book ultimately leaves you wanting to walk away from it a better person. There are some beautiful moments between Lucy and her family, and it was so great to see such a fantastic representation of a loving and functional family in this story. I found their dynamic to be utterly heartwarming. There are also some very swoon-worthy moments in this book, so even readers who prefer more fluffy contemporary fiction will find elements to love about this book. WHEN WE COLLIDED is one of my favorite contemporary novels, and Emery Lord has certainly delivered again here. In her bio she says that she writes "books about flawed girls who are really trying, complicated families, friends who show up even when everything's going down in flames, and the moments that change everything." I couldn't imagine better words to describe THE NAMES THEY GAVE US.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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 possibly 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**