This Raging Light by Estelle LaureThis Raging Light by Estelle Laure

This Raging Light

byEstelle Laure

Hardcover | January 5, 2016

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For fans of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell comes a gorgeous debut novel about family, friends, and first love.

Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to take a break". . . from parenting, from responsibility, from Lucille and her little sister, Wren. Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille thinks, "Wren and Lucille. Lucille and Wren. I will do whatever I have to. No one will pull us apart."
Now is not the time for level-headed 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.

"A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can-and will-take us all by surprise."
-Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

"Lucille may not take down a beast or assassinate any super bads, but she's what heroines look like and love like in real life."
- Justine Magazine

Estelle Laure believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her family. Her work is translated widely around the world. Visit her at and on Twitter ...
Title:This Raging LightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.06 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544534298

ISBN - 13:9780544534292


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of emotions while reading Seventeen-year-old Lucille is doing her best. Her dad left them after a breakdown, her mother has skipped town and Lucille’s left to take care of her younger sister for the summer. When their mother doesn’t return, she has to find a way to pay the bills and not let anyone know the truth in fear of being separated from her sister. Along the way, she finds herself falling for her best friend’s brother, Digby, and things get more complicated than she ever imagined. I wasn’t too sure of what to expect going into this book other than I was sure the adults in the main character’s life would anger me. And that I would really enjoy the sisterly bond between the two girls. And I was right. I also got some great friendships, some caring adults, and a sweet romance. Lucille was a good girl in a bad situation and just doing everything she could to come out of it. I felt for her. My head knew the right thing would be to tell an adult, get help from someone who could give her what she needed, but I could understand her fear. She showed a lot of growth through the book as she stepped up to take care of her sister, got a job, learned to trust and open up to people. She wasn’t suddenly an amazing caretaker, she had struggles and mistakes, and it made it all that much more realistic. I really enjoyed the relationships Lucille had with the other characters in the book. From her adorable sister Wren, who could just as easily make me laugh or cry depending on her comments, to her best friend Eden, to the new friends she makes, to Digby Jones, the love interest of the book. They were just all fun to read. It did feel like the book was trying to do too much in such a short amount of pages. The closer I got to the end, the more storylines seemed to come up and not everything felt like it was given the attention it needed to feel like an important plot to the story. It was a quick read because it was short but I would have liked to have seen it longer if that meant more attention to all the plots. Other than that, and it being a little bit predictable, it was a book that definitely made me emotional while reading, from happiness when the characters were laughing to anger at Lucille’s mother, to sadness that Lucille was forced to grow up so fast due to undependable parents. Overall, I enjoy any book that can make me so emotional. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-02-13

Editorial Reviews

Winter 2015-2016 Kids' Indie Next Pick! Her first-person narration is lyrical, akin to that of a Francesca Lia Block character, but there's an undercurrent of roughness in her voice? heartbreakingly hopeful, lyrically told? " - Kirkus "Estelle Laure's prose is utterly gorgeous, even as it lays out the story of a girl dealing with the failings of her parents, death, and her own insecurities." -BookRiot "Estelle Laure's This Raging Light might be YA, but it's got plenty of grown-up appeal." "Laure's debut stands out for her keen understanding of the spectrum of human emotions, and her ability to put tough feelings into beautiful prose." - Horn Book "In an assured debut, Laure gives Lucille a fierce stubbornness that keeps her going. . . The characters are well drawn, and Laure effectively depicts the adrenaline rush of love." - Publishers Weekly " This Raging Light is a funny, heartwrenching, and soulful read as Lucille develops her own personal family, bloodline or not. It's not one you'll soon forget." -Bustle "Lucille's fresh, first-person voice spills over with metaphor, poetically capturing her emotional landscape with force and fury, frantic love and absolute exhaustion." -Shelf Awareness "Laure's debut is brilliant and not to be missed." - RT Book Reviews "Lucille may not take down a beast or assassinate any super bads, but she's what heroines look like and love like in real life." -Justine magazine "[a] poetic, heartbreaking read that will resonate with teens." - BookPage online "The narrative rings authentic, especially as Lucille wrestles with romantic pangs. Thankfully, there's enough wry humor to balance the worry and poignancy. Above all, you'll love steadfast Lucille and keep caring about what comes next." - Atlanta Journal Constitution "Lucille is a steel-strong, deeply human heroine fighting against impossible odds." -BNTEENblog "Readers will be seduced by the love affair budding between Digby and Lucille as much as she is. The characters are believably flawed, but eminently likeable, leaving the reader with hope for humanity." -Montana Public Radio "Laure's debut stands out for her keen understanding of the spectrum of human emotions, and her ability to put tough feelings into beautiful prose." -Horn Book "Bursting with feeling, like a seventies pop song, Estelle Laure's This Raging Light should be read at a feverish clip and then passed on to your favorite friend." -Campus Circle "I loved this book. I was torn between wanting to devour it in one breathless read and needing to stop and savor each gorgeous turn of phrase. This is a remarkable debut." -Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and Since You've Been Gone " This Raging Light is a funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can-and will-take us all by surprise sometimes." -Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Geography of You and Me "Estelle Laure writes with power and lyricism-but more than that, she writes honestly from the heart. Definitely a writer to watch!" -A.M. Jenkins, Printz Honor winning author of Repossessed "With This Raging Light, Estelle Laure establishes herself as a literary heavyweight. Laure's characters mimic her writing, at once visceral and brave, unafraid to confront love in its every facet-surprising, surpassing, flawed. This book is a thick quilt in a cold room, and I want to wrap myself in it." -David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland "[Laure] has a raw, authentic voice and a passion for storytelling." -Matt de la Pena, Pura Belpree honoree and award-winning YA novelist of The Living and Mexican WhiteBoy "