“A funny, heartwrenching, and soulful” debut novel about family, friends, and first love from the acclaimed author of Mayhem and But Then I Came Back (Bustle).
Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to take a break from parenting, from responsibility, from Lucille and her little sister, Wren. Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille thinks, “Wren and Lucille. Lucille and Wren. I will do whatever I have to. No one will pull us apart.” Now is not the time for level-headed 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.
“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, New York Times-bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything
“Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light might be YA, but it’s got plenty of grown-up appeal.”–Entertainment Weekly
“A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can–and will–take us all by surprise.”–Jennifer E. Smith, bestselling author of Field Notes on Love
“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
“Heartbreakingly hopeful, lyrically told.”–Kirkus Reviews