This Raging Light – Estelle Laure


51vgq3zs4wlThis Raging Light – Estelle Laure, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (9780544813212), 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Contemporary fiction

What did you like about the book? 17-year-old Lucille’s mother has taken off leaving her to look after her 9 year-old-sister, Wren, on her own as Dad is finding himself in some half-way house. Mom was supposed to come back after a couple weeks but she has not so Lu is forced to get a waitressing job in order to pay the bills. Things are tough. Thrown into the mix is that she has been in love with her best friend, Eden’s twin brother, Digby, for a long time. Unfortunately he has a longtime girlfriend. Eden and Digby both pitch in to help with Wren; this makes for more time together for Lu and Digby. Lucille is a very real, very likable protagonist. All the characters are finely drawn. This is almost a must read.

Anything you did not like about this book? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This might be well shared with those who liked Lisa McMann’s riveting Wake trilogy.

Who should buy this book? High school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Young adult fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 2/25/2017

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