This Raging Light Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published on December 22, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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. 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.
Explain to me what the point of living is if you aren’t willing to fight for the truths in your heart, to risk getting hurt.
You have to rage.
I have read quite a few young adult contemporaries lately, which is really out of the ordinary for me. They are normally few and far between. But this one sounded particularly interesting to me for some reason. And fortunately it checked off many of the items from the “list of things I want from a YA contemporary”:
✓ Family Drama
✓ Strong Friendship
✓ Totally adorable
I really loved the characters in this book. Well, I had moments where I did not like her best friend, Eden. There were times when I felt like she was working more against her than for her. As much as I appreciated the friendship that had lasted since childhood, her giving off that vibe was really frustrating. On the other hand, I absolutely freaking adored Lu’s little sister, Wren! She was so smart, and funny and I am down with her obsession for Food Network. She was such a refreshing little person, I hated the way it made me feel to imagine that she was sad or struggling. It hurt my heart.
I love that Lu had the drive to finally get up and start working and do what she had to do to help herself and her sister, and that they and so much support from other people, even the most unexpected. In reality, people in these situations often find themselves without much support, and unfortunately end up in the system. That is not always a great place to be. So even though at times it almost seemed like it was too easy for them to handle the whole situation, it was still nice to see a story of love and support, regardless of whether or not it was exactly realistic.
They synopsis almost makes this sound like a romance, but it is really so much more than that. This is definitely a must read for YA contemporary lovers!