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BOOK: THIS RAGING LIGHT BY ESTELLE LAURE

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1/06/2016
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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.


THOUGHTS
Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
The title takes its name from one of my favourite poems by Dylan Thomas. This Raging Light is a very emotionally motivated book. This is a story of a teenage girl who’s been left to fend for herself and her little sister. Lucille has very little and is just doing the best she can to get by. Her father’s dealing with mental health issues, her mother left town and hasn’t come back.

This Raging Light was a mixture of being a hit and miss, I really liked the idea of the mother flitting away, leaving the girls to cope. It’s a heart-breaking situation to read about and one that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. It’s so hard to imagine a mother leaving her children all alone and I found that relationship and that premise really interesting.

The narrative was poetic and lyrical but felt forced and was very difficult to read in some places. I appreciated the attempt at poetic prose it didn't work for me and left me confused at times. Due to nature of the prose, I found it quite difficult to become attached to the characters or sympathies with them. They weren't dislike able but they also weren’t very likeable. The relationship between Lucille and Digby, was so shallow and to be honest lack substance. It didn’t really give anything to the sorry and only seemed to complicate everyone else life even more. The writing felt monotone, and detached. It was convoluted, it became trying to read.

The main thing that really got to me was the plot holes! I have so many questions and some many things just don’t make sense? ALOT was left unanswered, many plot lines that could have been developed further. I wasn’t looking for a happy ending but at least an ending of any sought would have sufficed. It was so annoying.

I can say however I haven't really every read anything like and for that reason I did enjoy it, it kept me reading as I became fascinated with the dynamics of the girls and their lives without parents.

Thank you for Hachette Children's Group for allowing me a copy in exchange for my honest view.

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