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December 16, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

This Raging Light

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure • December 22, 2015 • HMH Books for Young Readers
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Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.


I received this book for free from HMH Books for Young Readers for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Mom was supposed to come home yesterday after her two-week vacation.”

This Raging Light had promise—an emotional tale about two sisters dealing with abandonment—but somewhere along the way, I failed to connect with the writing and the characters. It initially pulled me in because of the pretty bright colors on the cover and the promise of sisters. For a book that’s about parental abandonment and seems like it’ll have the emotion kick, it was just a disappointing debut that was filled with “pretty” writing and not enough originality or heart.   

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