Title: This Raging Light
Author: Estelle Laure
Page Count: 270
Lucille Bennett is now taking care of herself and her little sister Wren since their mom left. She’s forced to get a job to pay the bills while still attending high school and taking her sister to and from school and trying to find someone to babysit while she works. Her best friend Eden helps out but when she shuts Lucille out, Digby, Eden’s brother, and Lucille’s crush, steps in and offers her help. Even though he has a girlfriend, Lucille can’t help but think that he might like her as well. She tries to make things work without parents and without anyone finding out so her and Wren won’t be separated and put into foster care.
This Raging Light started out really good. As I was reading, I wondered why there were so many negative reviews because I was enjoying it. But when I got about halfway through and until the end, I understood. I think Lucille is a very brave girl and due to how her life is going, I expected her to spiral and have breakdowns. But she held up so well! I was proud of her for taking care of her sister. But she makes some bad decisions. Starting with Digby. Digby has had the same girlfriend since forever and Lucille knows this. In fact, she mentions it to him quite a bit but neither one of them seems to care. They are both in the wrong and I don’t like the relationship between the two of them. Therefore, I didn’t like the romance in this book.
Let’s talk about Eden, Lucille’s best friend. Lucille yells at Eden and Digby one night telling them to get out of her house and Eden doesn’t talk to her for a while. I didn’t really understand because we are given no explanation until later on. I think Eden could have been a better friend to Lucille, due to what she was going through.
I kind of wish we had more closure on where Lucille’s mom is and if she’s going to come back or not. And what’s going to happen with their dad? I probably won’t pick up the companion novel, But Then I Came Back, unless someone tells me that it’s better than this one.