“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
-Dylan Thomas

Title: This Raging Light
Author: Estelle Laure
Rating: 6.5
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Goodreads:

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.


What I Liked:

I loved the relationship between Lucille and her little sister Wren. Their bond was the most tangible aspect of the book for me. The way they would snuggle up together in their mother’s bed watching the food network was completely relatable. The ways Lucille tried to shield Wren from what was happening were definitely ways a real teenager would have acted.

Lucille’s greatest fear is that someone will discover that she and her sister are alone in their house and report them to child services. She desperately doesn’t want to be separated from Wren or have to go into foster care. Laure does an excellent job of portraying these tangled emotions and how they would wreak havoc in a teenage mind.

There’s a bit of a side mystery involved as well, and I loved the conclusion to that. It was perfect. Certainly made me smile!

I like to think the things we talk about here are safe, that words drip from our mouths into the earth and grow trees that guard secrets in their leaves..jpg

What I Didn’t Like:

The style of writing. I’m usually a little more traditional.

I really didn’t like how much Lucille was ga-ga crazy over Digby. Like, totally obsessed, faint at his touch, drool at the (constant) thought of him insane. Which was also ironic since both parents tragically seemed to have had actual mental breakdowns. And I didn’t love Digby.

The ending. All that lead up? All those unanswered questions? Huge unanswered questions? It was a let down. I see that there will be a companion novel, so maybe that will address what happens next, but even if I think of This Raging Light as part of a series this book didn’t tie up enough loose ends for me. All it needed was one or two more chapters to explain things and I would have been happy.

Just because the crack doesn't show doesn't mean it's not there.-Estelle Laure.jpg


Here is a link to the beautiful poem that the title of the book is based on!

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“Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
-Dylan Thomas