Wednesday 5 December 2018

Book Review: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Last Updated: 6 September 2021

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure book cover

AD* | 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.

I have to admit that I feel a bit guilty about this book - it's been sitting on my tbr pile for over 3 years and it's taken me until now to actually pick it up and get it read! 

However, now that I have read the book, I feel as though I had no excuse not to have read it long ago!

This Raging Light centres around the story of Lucille, a 17-year-old US high school student. As life collapses around her, Lucille faces challenge after challenge and must learn to trust both herself and the caring people around her.

It's quite a sad story, all in all - some of the things that happen to Lucille are things that could easily be facing countless other people out there in the real world, and This Raging Light really does make you think. From loss and grief to domestic violence and the all-too-real struggle that many families face simply trying to make ends meet, a wide range of difficult issues are present in the book.

Although it took me a little while to get into the book, I soon found myself rooting for Lucille and turning page after page, willing just a little good luck to be thrown her way. There were some totally unexpected twists and turns in the story as well that I just didn't see coming at all, which is a real credit to the author's skill as a writer. 

As a side note, I also love the fact that the book mentions the poem that is referenced in the title and throughout the book - Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas. On a personal level, it's one of those poems that always seem to stick in my mind and keep me coming back time after time, so it's wonderful to see it cropping up like this. 

"Do not go gentle into that good night...
...Rage, rage against the dying of the light"

But Then I Came Back, the sequel to This Raging Light, is out now and I have already popped it on my literary wishlist. One thing's for sure - I definitely won't wait for over three years to read the sequel!

Rating: 3 stars

This Raging Light is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Have you read This Raging Light? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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