This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Published January 14, 2016 by Orchard Books
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars
From the blurb: 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.
This Raging Light is Estelle Laure's debut novel. Seventeen year old Lucille Bennett lives in Cherryville, New Jersey with her nine year old sister, Wren. A couple of months ago their dad assaulted their mum, something Lu witnessed, and he was sent to an institution. Fourteen days ago their mum left, saying she needed a break. Lu was sure she'd return for the first day of school but when she doesn't, Lu knows she needs to make sure no one suspects a thing so she and Wren aren't separated.
This is the second book I've read in a week that involves an older sibling bearing all the responsibility for their little sister - it's such a sad situation for a teenager to be in. Lu is a complex character, so determined and strong, but also extremely confused and anxious. She tries so hard to hold everything together and to protect Wren, but doesn't realise Wren knows more than she lets on.
It also doesn't help that Lu has fallen in love with her best friend's twin brother, Digby. This poses a problem for Lu, she wants to keep it a secret because Digby has a girlfriend, and she isn't sure what it means for them or her future.
Lu also has to deal with her father, they reconnect and she finds herself angry and upset at him leaving, a totally understandable reaction to being abandoned, but she also has to think of their welfare, particularly Wren's.
This Raging Light is a complicated, sad, and realistic story. It was heartbreaking and touching at the same time, as well as beautifully written.
Thank you to Hachette for my review copy.
I decided to do nails for the US version of This Raging Light as there's a bit more going on with the cover.
I sponged on a gradient using the following polishes: Ulta3 Honolulu, Nail It! Papaya, Ulta3 Tahiti, LA Girl Heatwave, Pop Beauty Pinkest, Sinful Colors Dream On, Nail It! Jellybean, Zoya Pinta.
I used acrylic paint for the details in white.