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THE NAMES THE GAVE US cover-blue waterclor to pale green with a tree on the horizon

Who we are is written on the stars.

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake.


But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor.


But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

TW topics: Christianity, cancer/chemo, physical abuse, adoption, foster care, transphobia, parental death,

anxiety disorder, teen pregnancy, sibling death

If you are on this page because you enjoyed THE NAMES THEY GAVE US, Emery recommends SAINTS & MISFITS by S.K Ali for another contemporary YA filled with the way faith intersects with identity and other difficult topics! More here

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