Waiting on Wednesday: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Posted October 12, 2016 by Lori in Books, Waiting on Wednesdays / 2 Comments Tags:

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Names They Gave Us by Emery LordThe Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury USA on 2017-05-16
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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From acclaimed author Emery Lord comes a vibrant, compelling story of love, loss, faith, and friendship.

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?

Emotionally-charged and unforgettable, Emery Lord’s storytelling shines with the promise of new love and true friendship, even in the face of life’s biggest challenges.

I cannot tell you guys how much I love Emery Lord’s books. I just don’t think I even have the words. And I’m mad at myself that I only found out about this book recently. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!??!?! But regardless of when I discovered the book, there’s still way too much time until this one comes out. How am I suppose to wait that long?! I don’t know either.

If you haven’t read any of Emery’s books yet, you should know that she is a fantastic writer. She takes tough subjects and writes about them beautifully. Her characters come to life, you’ll feel like you really know them and you will hurt for them. I read her for the first time way back when Open Road Summer was coming out and immediately fell in love. Reagan will always be one of my favorite characters and I loved that the ending didn’t go exactly how I thought it would but actually felt real. In each book that’s followed, I’ve continued to fall in love with her characters. I was a little worried that When We Collided would be a difficult sell based on the subject and the ending, but I loved it and it’s a book that I still think about.

I know this book screams ‘cancer’ and ‘religion’ but I really feel like if there’s any author currently writing YA contemporary fiction right now that can take those difficult subjects and make them relatable and beautiful and heartbreaking and thought-provoking, it’s Emery Lord. I cannot wait for this book!

What are you waiting on this week?!

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