ARC Review: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure!!!

Posted January 11, 2016 by Nori in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

This Raging Light
Estelle Laure
Release Date: 01/14/2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Received From: Netgalley

How is it that you suddenly notice a person? How is it that one day Digby was my best friend’s admittedly cute twin brother, and then the next he stole air, gave jitters, twisted my insides up?

Lucille has bigger problems than falling for her best friend’s unavailable brother. Her mom has gone, leaving her to look after her sister, Wren. With bills mounting up and appearances to keep, Lucille is raging against her life but holding it together – just.

A stunning debut to devour in one sitting, Laure captures completely the agony and ecstasy of first love.


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I read THIS RAGING LIGHT because I was in the mood for a contemporary book. Although I knew that it was going to be sad, I underestimated just how depressing it actually was. With that being said, make sure that you’re in a cheerful mood before reading This Raging Light. You definitely don’t want to read it if you’re currently feeling sad or depressed.

Imagine that you’re in high school, your father was taken to a mental institution, your mother left, and you have a younger sister. Imagine waiting for your mom to reappear, but she never does. Imagine being all alone- with no one to depend on. Now you’re living Lucille’s life. Now you know what she is suffering through. It’s horrible. Absolutely awful. Heart-wrenching.

I thought This Raging Light was very interesting, and the message really impacted me, but I didn’t really enjoy the story. While yes, I liked the main character, Lucille, I didn’t really like any of the other characters. I didn’t enjoy the romance at all. How could I? You take a girl who is currently stressed beyond belief, make her have a crush on her best friend’s brother who already has a girlfriend and then let that play out? Let’s be real. We all know what’s going to happen- and it starts with a “c” and ends with “heating.” That really bugged me.

Also, a plot twist arose when I was 75% finished that I did not see coming. It really changed Lucille and made her realize that some things are more important than others. Personally, I did not see the value in the plot twist. It just made the book even more depressing than it already was, which annoyed me a bit. I feel like it was put in for shock value.

So, overall, I give this book 3/5 stars.


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5 responses to “ARC Review: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure!!!

  1. Honestly, the fact that the book is ultra depressing sort of wants to make me read it more. I may not like it still, but lately, I’ve just wanted to read every YA Contemp about sad, miserable people ever. If you want to message me and tell me what the twist was, I wouldn’t be angry. I like spoilers. 😉

  2. Lynette

    I was looking forward to this one! I think I’ll read it anyway even though it’s only a 3 star book. The premise sounds really depressing but interesting.

  3. Sarah Cone

    Thank you so much for the heads up. I really do usually try to avoid depressing contemporary because one of the reasons I read is to escape; because though I try my best to stay positive, reality is often depressing enough.

  4. Sorry you didn’t like this one, Nori. I admit, I had some problems with the romance too. The whole cheating thing always makes me feel squicky and weird. I think I just had to remind myself that these were pretty f-ed up kids and I couldn’t expect them not to make f-ed up mistakes. Plus I really liked the writing, so I can forgive a lot for that.


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