Laure, Estelle This Raging Light, 270 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. $17.99 Content: Language: R (43 swears; 4 “F”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.
Seventeen year old Lucille finds herself in charge of her sister and their house. She keeps hoping that her mom will return from her “vacation”, but so far Lucille is on her own and running out of money. Lucille’s little sister, Wren, motivates Lucille to not tell anyone and to take care of things because they don’t want to get separated. Lucille’s best friends, Eden and Digby, help when they can by watching Wren so Lucille can get a job. Lucille has a crush on Digby which complicates her already complicated life.
I fell in love with Lucille. She is strong, hard-working and sacrifices for what matters. Although she has hard things happen to her, she doesn’t give up. The story moves quickly and is written well. The minor characters are also great and give Lucille faith in humanity, even when her parents have given up. This would be an essential read if not for the “F” words.
HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.