Happy Saturday! How are you all today? Enjoying you weekend? Good. Today it is time for, you guessed it, another book review. This week it is the return of one of my auto buy authors (even though, until now, I had only read one of her books), Emery Lord. So, here is my review for The Names They Gave Us
I will be 100% honest with you guys, when I first saw this one, I was a little bit worried about it. I wasn’t sure if I would like it. The main character in it is very religious, I am not. I was worried that the book would be very focused on that side of it and that I would end up not enjoying it because of that (for the record, I have nothing against religion. I am open to the concept of it, I just personally am not religious.) I have found in the past that books with elements of religion in them can be a bit, for lack of a better word, preachy, which tends to lower my liking it. This book was not at all like that. It was brilliant.
The main storyline is essentially about a 17-year-old, whose mother is sick, questioning her religion and discovering that there is a lot more to life then she first thought, and generally growing up. This is just so interesting to read. I don’t think that I have ever read a book that explores these sort of themes before. And it was nice to see. I think that this could be a very important book for people as it shows that it is okay to question your beliefs. I feel like for teenagers, this could be a very good book.
But the reason why I really liked this book was because it was very inclusive. The story is primarily set at a summer camp which caters for children with difficult situations. This means that the cast of characters in this book is very diverse. for example, there is a trans girl, a pregnant 14-year-old, a boy whose sister committed suicide, a girl with a dead mother and so many more. It is just very diverse and it’s all just accepted. And this is really nice to see. It is all just normal, human life. It was just very refreshing to see a book where everything and everyone was just accepted for who they were and no one tried to put them down or anything.
I will admit that I did see the big plot twist coming, although, because that was right at the end, it did feel a little bit rushed. And I am so, just, argh, at the ending. You can’t end a book like that. I need to know what happens next lol. This is going to bug me for eternity. But overall, my love for Lord’s writing has only increased with this book. Her writing is just so good and she creates such amazing stories with amazing, three dimensional characters. She is just one of those authors that everyone needs to read.
4.5 out of 5
I honestly love Lord so much. She is an amazing author. Plus, this is the perfect summer read. Have you read this one yet? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.