Lucille's life is a mess, but that's only a shred of light into her life. Her Mom has left, her Father has gone and she's been left alone to care for her nine year old sister; Wren, whilst struggling with several other matters that only seemed to weigh heavier on her concious. She hadn't ever thought about her best friend's twin brother; Digby, in a "romantic" way before, but suddenly it's like he's right there and she can't help but notice every incredible thing about him, the way he's there for her and how he's just so...perfect. But then, like a ton of bricks to her heart, she knows she can't have him. The boy she loves has a girlfriend - a very serious girlfriend.
Things only get tougher from there. Knowing her Mother will never come back, despite her promise, only drives Lucille more. She knows she has to care for Wren and make sure no one takes her away, investing all her time and effort into becoming a better person and sister to keep their small and messy, yet beautiful family together. She faces mixed feelings over friends, family and her life that cascade her into falling harder for Digby, making her messier life even crazier.
The chaotic, beautiful writing that spun us into Lucille's world was perfectly matched to every way she was feeling and acting. The romance was sweet, yet complicated in more ways than one. But This Raging Light is about more than just romance, it's about real life. Lucille is left to fend for herself and her sister without a shred of help out of fear of losing her, and the way she grows up and pulls herself together throughout the novel was beautifully done. I was enthralled by the storyline and even though there was a lot going on, the way Lucille stuck by her sister was my favourite. Despite loving the character of Digby and his relationship/friendship with Lucille, the cheating between his current girlfriend and then with Lucille felt rocky to me and conflicted how he could see them both.
Beautifully chaotic and poignant, This Raging Light was an amazing novel that will have you turning the pages and falling into the rabbit hole of the perfectly messy story.
YA Fans of contemporary, romance and the in-betweens.