A Very Ranty Review About The Names They Gave Us

by - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Hey friends!

Today I wanted to talk to you about The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord! This was the first time I had read her work but I knew she was quite popular and has a large fan base. I had heard this book was amazing from other bloggers before reading it, and if you can’t tell by the title, I was not impressed.

If you did enjoy The Names They Gave Us, I am sorry for how badly I’m going to tear this book apart, so if you don’t want to read this, I won’t hate you because I understand!


About the book. 

Book: The Names They Gave Us
Author: Emery Lord
Pages: 384
Published on: June 2017
Australian RRP: $17.99
Synopsis: 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.
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Recommended for: Anyone 13+

Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me a review copy however this is an honest review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Disclaimer: if you find this review offensive in ANY way (even though that was not my intention AT ALL) please do contact me and we can discuss it! I don't want my words to harm you and this was simply my opinion.


{ writing }

The writing of this was one of the biggest parts of what frustrated me! Firstly, there was nothing gripping about this book. It’s not that it was ‘hard’ to get into – it just didn’t have any pull to it and there was nothing that helped you empathise with the characters. 

Another really HUGE thing I found that bugged me the entire time I was reading was that Lord tells rather than shows. Lucy is supposed to love her mother, and while that’s told many times throughout the book, it is never shown through actions. It doesn’t feel realistic to me and it got to the point I would roll my eyes every time Lucy lamented about how sad she was about her mother’s cancer. 

I’m NOT in any way trying to be insensitive about the issue! Of course she feels sad! But I would want it showed rather than just told and it didn’t feel authentic for me. 

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{ idea  + plot }

The idea of this felt the same as any other YA novel. The cancer didn’t feel original – and I understand it’s a huge part of life and it affects many people – but the take on it felt copied from other YA novels and it was not Lord’s own take on it! (Not sure if I’m making sense but basically what I mean is it seems she has copied all these different ideas from other YA novels featuring characters who have cancer and hasn’t researched the topic properly herself)

I also didn’t relate to the religious aspects. This is one I won’t comment on because I don’t feel I really can – but I’m not really religious – so I couldn’t understand the concepts of faith explored in the book and it just made me feel even more disconnected from the story.

Also, the ending sucked. I am sorry. Highlight to view the mild spoiler. OK BUT WHY WOULD YOU HAVE SUCH AN OPEN ENDED ENDING LIKE THAT? You have made me sit through this entire book to not even give me a conclusion? I don’t mind open ended endings at all but this one was just TOO much!!!!


{ characters }

This was another HUGE thing that annoyed me! The characters were so annoying? 

Lucy was ok in some parts but in other parts, she felt too much like a ‘goody-two shoes’ to the point where I was like, is this girl even real? And before you say anything, I AM a goody-two shoes! Like a really huge one – but definitely not to the extent Lucy is. I couldn’t relate to her as a character and she felt so distant to me. 

I didn’t get Lucy’s parents! Why on earth would you send your daughter away when you’re sick? Wouldn’t you want to spend time with her??? I couldn’t understand ANY of their decisions or how they kept lying to her and how she kept forgiving them!!

I do acknowledge that every person is different and we all have different things that are acceptable and unacceptable to us but this book was NOT for me, especially since I couldn’t stand any these characters! 

The only people I didn’t mind are Keely and Jones! They both felt more realistic and flawed and overall, nicer more rational people!


{ overall }

I think this is the rantiest review I have written in a while and I don’t like to do them for the fear of offending people who did enjoy the book but I am sorry I NEEDED TO SHARE HOW I FELT! The story felt so stuffy??? This book was not for me. I couldn’t connect to the story or characters, it felt so so unauthentic and ugh I don’t know if I’m going to read any more Emery Lord.


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Have you read The Names They Gave Us? What did you think?

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  1. I saw "ranty review" in the title and I came running so fast xD
    I haven't read an Emery Lord novel but that's mostly because she (only writes contemporaries?) and I'm more of a fantasy reader. I saw this one when I attended ALA but I immediately put it down because contemporaries that cover serious subjects aren't always my cup of tea.
    I'm sorry you didn't like this one more but fabulous review <3

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    1. Thank you so much Faith! Haha glad to hear you enjoyed my review! <3

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  2. Eh. I'm SO on the fence with this book, the feedback has been so mixed. Some love it, some really... don't. Thanks for your honesty! I have this weird feeling that I'm going to be in the same boat with you if I do get to reading it... so maybe I'll just save myself the trouble and pass on this one. :S

    Cass @ Words on Paper

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    1. Thanks for reading nonetheless Cass and I've actually not heard that many negative things about this one so I'm kinda surprised to hear other bloggers didn't love this!

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  3. I'm incredibly sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy this book. I haven't read it yet, but I read two of Emery Lord's books last year and highly enjoyed them so I was totally anticipating this book. Thank you so much for posting your review though, it's always good to see all sides of perspectives! Just show how diverse our opinion can be! :)

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    1. Thank you for listening Kezia and I do hope if you read this, you enjoy it, even if I didn't!

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  4. I'm reeeeally glad I decided not to try this one now. XD eeek. I really didn't like When We Collided last year and tbh I don't like super religion-y books. Plus yes WHY would you send your kid away if you were dying?? That seems horribly selfish too, because like wouldn't your kid just want to be with you while they could? 0_0 The story seems kind of illogically messed up. D:

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    1. EXACTLY! I didn't get it and it felt SO illogical to me! Phew glad I'm not the only one!

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  5. What a shame! I really enjoyed it but you do make some good points here, your post now has me questioning why anyone in their right mind would send their child away while they were sick. Great post, though!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! <3 <3

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  6. I'm so sorry this book didn't live up to the hype. I must admit I was excited at first to read this book but then I was a bit wary of the religious aspects. I honestly don't mind exploring religion in books but there's also a chance it can feel a bit preachy and that's something that gets on my nerves. I also think that showing rather than telling would have made her situation a bit more emotional. Great review.

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    1. YES EXACTLY! I found I couldn't relate and it just wasn't for me! Thankn you so much for reading Lois!

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  7. I had to read this even though I completely LOVED this book. I understand that it might not be for everyone, but it touched me in so many ways and it was exactly what I needed to read when I did. No book can be for everyone, though!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Thank you for reading this nonetheless Nicole and I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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  8. So we definitely have different opinions on this book however I wanted to stop by and say I love the photos you took for this book! Your ARC cover is stunning!

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  9. Ugh, I'm so sorry this was a disappointment. :/ the only Emery Lord book I've read is The start of Me and You and I was definitely not impressed. That's why I was hesitant to start this one. I think there are numerous other cute and sweet contemporaries out there that will bring out the feels, unlike this one. Awesome review!

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author

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  10. Aaah. I have this book on my TBR to read, and now I'm not sure if I want to bother. I started reading When We Collided last year, but just really didn't get on with it. I always intended to go back, but I just can't be bothered, I wasn't enjoying it. But I know so many people love Lord, and although The Names They Gave Us was going to be quite religious, and that's not usually my bag, I thought I would give it a go because so many people are a fan of her books. But now... maybe not? I mean really, I wasn't exactly sure anyway, and I didn't get into When We Collided, and now this review... yeah, I think I might leave it. But awesome review, Anisha! I don't think anyone would be offended by you expressing your opinion here. :)

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    1. I know what you mean! And phew I was a little bit worried because I wouldn't want to hurt anyone.

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  11. I'm seeing a lot of the people here not liking Emery Lord's books so I'll pass on these ahah. I guess because I go to a Catholic school and all, books with religious aspects don't bother me much. I'm sorry these comments are random, I'm running out of things to say ahah

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    1. HAHAH omg the spam though Steph <3 <3

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