Lucy Hannsson life is falling apart.
Her mother's cancer reappears, forcing her to question her faith and her relationship with her long-time boyfriend.
Usually, Lucy works at the Christian children's camp every summer. Her dad is a pastor and Lucy has been heavily involved in the church ever since she was born.
However, at the insistence of her mother, Lucy takes a job at the summer camp a mile away called Daybreak.
Daybreak is a camp for children who have had hard times in their lives. While there, Lucy's eyes are opened to the brutal reality of some people's existence.
At first terrified, Lucy starts to get to know her co-workers, who are open and frank and real and everything that Lucy isn't.
It isn't long before Lucy falls in love with Daybreak, the children there and her newfound friends.
However, Daybreak holds secrets that will directly affect Lucy's relationship with her family and her faith.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book,, Lord has created a realistic summer camp atmosphere (having spent time in some in Canada myself) and the situations and experiences fly off the page as genuine. I was interested in Lucy's in and out relationship with her faith as it is not something that is often tackled in YA fiction in my opinion. The writing is sweet yet realistic and frank at times.
I know the teens at my library will really eat this one up as they will be fascinated with the summer camp setting and the twist at the end, great stuff!