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?
Page Length: 400
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: young adult
Characters: Lucy, Henry
I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review
I think it’s important to point out that I’m not religious in any shape or form, I get why people believe but it’s not for me. So I went into this book pretty open minded.
This story at its core is about how someone’s faith in god is tested when the tough times happen. I found Lucy’s portrayal of this to be very well done and although I don’t believe in god I do understand what’s like to be let down by something you have had faith in your whole life.
This book to be very emotionally charged, Lucy’s utter despair at the thought of losing her mother to cancer is so heart-breaking. The subject of adoption is also a major theme is this book. There was one chapter that particularly got to me and that was a story about Posey and the Dreaming Tree.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Lucy and Henry, I thought it was written in a sweet way.
Each kiss a phrase exchange between us: There you are. There you are. I wasn’t even looking for him, so why do I feel found?
Unfortunately, as much as I liked most of this book I felt that the ending let it down big time. Nothing was really resolved, and I felt this made the story feel unfinished.
Even though the ended did annoy me slightly I would recommend this book because for some reason after reading I felt incredibly grateful.
If you life your YA emotionally charged that you’ll enjoy this book.
My Rating: 3/5
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