Book Review - This Raging Light
This Raging Light* - Estelle Laure
"How is it that you suddenly notice a person? How is it that one day Digby was my best friend's admittedly cute twin brother, and then the next he stole air, gave jitters, twisted my insides up?
Lucille has bigger problems than falling for her best friend's unavailable brother. Her mom has gone, leaving her to look after her sister, Wren. With bills mounting up and appearances to keep, Lucille is raging against her life but holding it together - just."
I had heard so much about this book. There was so much hype at the end of last year about how this was going to be one of the must-reads of 2016 and every time I went to my kindle to read it something kept putting me off. Whenever a book is hyped up as amazing and 'the new John Green' I instantly take a dislike to it and just thought 100% that this could no way live up to the hype.
But last week I went for it and started reading it and just a day and a half later I had finished it and instantly couldn't wait to write this review. It was such a lovely, sweet sort of heart-breaking read and I couldn't wait to tell you all about it. It more than lived up to the hype and I just wish I hadn't put off reading it for so long...
I love a simple story and that's exactly what this is. Its just about a girl trying to find her way through a super hard period of her life and it chronicles what she goes through and how she gets herself out the other side.
There is something so special about the writing, I get why its being compared to John Green because of the lyrical, beautiful way its written. Its sort of got a poetic feel to the way the sentences flow and its one of those books that you need to read with a pen and paper next to you so you can write down all the quotes from it (like my favourite one above). I don't think the story is similar to John Green though in the sense that most of his stories have a sort of sad/depressing/upsetting (delete where applicable) theme running through them (Big fan though of his books, I don't mean it in a negative way its just that the things he writes about always have quite a dark element to them at times, basically what I mean is you don't read them when your looking for a wee laugh, you know?) Anyway, this book doesn't have that darkness to it. I mean some of the subjects covered in the book, are certainly really serious but the author really didn't write about them in a depressing or gloomy matter. She just wrote about them in a really realistic, real way and that's why I loved the book so much.
I was rooting for the main character all the way through the book and I just loved the ending, it was just perfect. I know this book has sort of been pitched as a love story and I think it is just not in the conventional sense. I think its a story about love, the love that you find, the love that should be there unconditionally but sometimes isn't and the love that you have to have for yourself to make you believe you can get through anything. Lucille learns that love and family don't always come in the traditional form and I think that is the biggest love story of all in the book.
This was a really short book but it was the perfect length for the story it was telling. I totally get the hype for this book now and I'd be surprised if it doesn't get turned into a movie in the next few years as its the kind of story that would just be perfect as a film.
I can't urge you enough to read this if you like simple stories about real life. It's such a beautiful book and one that I hope you love as much as I have.
You can buy it here on Wordery now where you can get free worldwide delivery on all your orders.
P.s. How stunning is the cover, I think this would look absolutely amazing as artwork, its just perfect!