Author: Estelle Laure
Publication date: 14/01/16
Genre: Young Adult
This is a ARC book I received from Netgalley.
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
When I first began reading this book I wasn't so sure I was going to finish it, as initially I couldn't get into the storyline. However, after some perseverance I continued and was so glad that I did!
"This Raging Light" turned out to be an entertaining read about a 17 year old girl having to face up to life and major responsibility whilst looking after her 9 year old sister. Lucille doesn't realise just how tough things are going to get when she decides to do things by herself and avoid the authorities but with the help of her best friend, Eden, the love of her life, Digby and a few kind faces in her hometown, Lucille learns what the true meaning of life and love.
I liked the narration of the story (told in the first person by Lucille) as I feel this style of writing is more personal to the character. I think the plot was very honest and the issues were addressed appropriately as there are some young people who genuinely have to deal with the dilemmas and heartache which Lucille went through. The story was a good length as it didn't drag on too much but I felt the beginning could have been a bit more to the point to hold my interest a lot quicker.
The relationship aspect between Lucille and Digby was sweet but this part of the story reminded me a bit of the storyline in "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven, where nice boy likes girl with issues, boy wants to be with girl but has other things going on, boy and girl fight their love, boy and girl finally get together! In the long run I think Digby was a good match for Lucille as he was strong, reliable and honest and exactly what she needed in her time of need.
I enjoyed this book and feel that this will be one to talk about for 2016!
4.5 out of stars