This Raging Light

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By Estelle Laure

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Paperback Edition

March 7, 2017

“A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise.” –Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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. 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.

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wheel “Her first-person narration is lyrical, akin to that of a Francesca Lia Block character, but there’s an undercurrent of roughness in her voice… heartbreakingly hopeful, lyrically told…” —Kirkus

wheel “Estelle Laure’s prose is utterly gorgeous, even as it lays out the story of a girl dealing with the failings of her parents, death, and her own insecurities.” —BookRiot

wheel “Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light might be YA, but it’s got plenty of grown-up appeal.” —Entertainmentweekly.com

wheel “Laure’s debut stands out for her keen understanding of the spectrum of human emotions, and her ability to put tough feelings into beautiful prose.”
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wheel “In an assured debut, Laure gives Lucille a fierce stubbornness that keeps her going. . . The characters are well drawn, and Laure effectively depicts the adrenaline rush of love.” —Publishers Weekly

wheel “This Raging Light is a funny, heartwrenching, and soulful read as Lucille develops her own personal family, bloodline or not. It’s not one you’ll soon forget.” —Bustle

wheel “Lucille’s fresh, first-person voice spills over with metaphor, poetically capturing her emotional landscape with force and fury, frantic love and absolute exhaustion.” —Shelf Awareness

wheel “Laure’s debut is brilliant and not to be missed.” —RT Book Reviews

wheel “Lucille may not take down a beast or assassinate any super bads, but she’s what heroines look like and love like in real life.” —Justine magazine

wheel “[a] poetic, heartbreaking read that will resonate with teens.” —BookPage online

wheel “The narrative rings authentic, especially as Lucille wrestles with romantic pangs. Thankfully, there’s enough wry humor to balance the worry and poignancy. Above all, you’ll love steadfast Lucille and keep caring about what comes next.” —Atlanta Journal Constitution 

wheel “Lucille is a steel-strong, deeply human heroine fighting against impossible odds.” —BNTEENblog

wheel “Readers will be seduced by the love affair budding between Digby and Lucille as much as she is. The characters are believably flawed, but eminently likeable, leaving the reader with hope for humanity.” —Montana Public Radio

wheel “Laure’s debut stands out for her keen understanding of the spectrum of human emotions, and her ability to put tough feelings into beautiful prose.” —Horn Book

wheel “Bursting with feeling, like a seventies pop song, Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light should be read at a feverish clip and then passed on to your favorite friend.” —Campus Circle

wheel “I loved this book. I was torn between wanting to devour it in one breathless read and needing to stop and savor each gorgeous turn of phrase.  This is a remarkable debut.” —Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Since You’ve Been Gone

wheel “This Raging Light is a funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise sometimes.” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Geography of You and Me

wheel “Estelle Laure writes with power and lyricism—but more than that, she writes honestly from the heart. Definitely a writer to watch!” —A.M. Jenkins, Printz Honor winning author of Repossessed

wheel “With This Raging Light, Estelle Laure establishes herself as a literary heavyweight. Laure’s characters mimic her writing, at once visceral and brave, unafraid to confront love in its every facet—surprising, surpassing, flawed. This book is a thick quilt in a cold room, and I want to wrap myself in it.” —David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland

wheel “[Laure] has a raw, authentic voice and a passion for storytelling.” —Matt de la Peña, Pura Belprée honoree and award-winning YA novelist of The Living and Mexican WhiteBoy