Title: This Raging Light
Author: Estelle Laure
Original Publication Date: December 22nd, 2015
Original Price: $17.99 (hardcover)
Number of Pages: 288
Starkiller Rating: ★★★★✫
Quick Synopsis: After a series of events that Lucille could not control, she is left to care for her younger sister and herself, all while juggling high school, and her first love.
I’m not sure how I feel about that synopsis but it’s what I came up with. I received and ARC edition of this book and instantly was drawn to it. The cover is absolutely gorgeous. Very simple but very eye-catching.
This is Estelle Laure’s debut novel and I must say that it’s quite a debut. It tackles some intensely deep themes and issues that people can sometimes gloss over. There are themes of abandonment and even mental health in not only adults but adolescents as well.
All of this was woven into a highly realistic love-story. I won’t give much detail but I must say, similar things have happened to me and I really felt for Lucille throughout the book. However, there isn’t just one “love-story” in this book. There is the “typical” romance, but then there is also a sisterly love story, and the love between best friends. All three of these stories are remarkable.
Laure has a wonderful way with words. I never full expect to highlight when I read but it always ends up happening. This book was exactly the same. There were so many absolutely lovely quotes that I just had to highlight and save for later.
How does a person go from being like a decorative component in the house that is your life — a nice table, perhaps–to being the pipes, the foundation, the center beam without which the entire structure falls apart? How does a barely noticeable star become your very own sun? (13-14)
(note, this quote was taken from an ARC edition of This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, published in 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers