Book Review: This Raging Light


veronica | As a debut YA novel goes, This Raging Light by Estelle Laure fires on all cylinders. It leaves you with all the feels while making you think how you would handle a life such as Lucille has had to at such a young and fragile age. This is what I admired so much with Laure’s writing. And her ability to craft such interesting characters, whose inner strength and turmoil make their struggle seem so real that they suck you into their world.

Lucille is a 17 year old girl who is left to care for her 9 year old sister after their mother takes off to figure stuff out after their dad is institutionalized. But how can she handle finishing off high school, raising a tween and paying the bills? With a little help from her friends, of course. Lucille, while devastated that they’ve been abandoned, pulls her socks up and puts on a brave face for her sister.

Lucille’s best friend Eden helps, as does her twin brother, Digby. And as you guessed it, he’s what Lucille desires. Problem is he has a girlfriend but that doesn’t seem to be a deterrent as Lucille relies on Digby to watch her sister as she works part time to pay the bills. Things are finally starting to settle and they get into a routine when daddy dearest calls and sets the girls into a tail spin. And then Eden’s accident puts things into perspective for Digby. Could a girl such as Lucille get what she wants afterall?

While the writing style is not what I’m particularly used to,t it’s what gave This Raging Light a distinct and interesting voice. It’s exactly how I image a teenager to speak. Choppy, short sentences make perfect sense in this story given the leads. As far as a coming of age novel goes, this was a refreshing read.


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December 22, 2015

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