ARC Review: This Raging Light-Estelle Laure


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synCan 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.

review2.5/5 Stars

***I recieved this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & HMH Books for Young Readers

PROS:

  • The bond between Lucille and Wren is beautiful and honest. You feel how much they care for each other and it’s infinite. Their love is everything. 
  • Wren is ADORABLE. She’s quirky and a bit of a mess but smart and perceptive. She’s the perfect kid sister, full of curiosity and truth. Plus those yo momma jokes. Light and laughter. 
  • The portrayal of what it takes to hide the truth when parents run out on their children is harrowing and heartbreaking. Lucille’s torn feelings about her parents, the anger, the resentment, the confusion, all powerful and deep. True. Lucille knows how the system works and she’s terrified. She wants nothing more than to keep what’s left of her family together and will do whatever it takes to make the bad situation okay. 

CONS:

  • I couldn’t connect with Lucille. It was as if she was in this bubble where she hid her true emotions even from herself and so the reader has guess or go by her next emotional breakdown. Lucille pulls away from everyone, even her best friend. Lucille’s disconnect from everyone and everything, probably to help her cope and get through her terrible situation, only drew me away from her and towards other, more emotionally present characters, like her sister. 
  • The romance is predictable and despite everything that happens, one-sided. Lucille’s obsession with Digby feels wrong, almost like a betrayal. She knows the situation, she can totally help herself and avoid the drama but she doesn’t and blames it on her emotional turmoil. PLUS why? What makes Digby attractive? There’s about 1 swoon moment and that’s it. You don’t feel anything…the connection is like a brother and sister. 
  • Pacing is SLOW. The routine is exhausting and while it helps to appreciate the stress and pressure Lucille is under, it’s hard to push past, especially when it goes on for so long. 
  • Some scenes were cliché or far-fetched, both. The jealous girlfriend, the mystery helpers, Eden. All of it. It took away from the contemporary drama and made it more romanticized. 

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Happy reading, 

Jordan

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