Published by Orchard Books
Publication Date: January 14th 2016
How is it that one day Digby was my best friend's cute twin brother, and then the next he stole air, gave jitters, twisted my insides up?
And with Mom gone, bills to pay and Wren to look after... Why does the best thing happen at the worst time?
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.