This Raging Light

My debut YA novel This Raging Light (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, January 2016) tells the powerful, lyrical story of a girl abandoned by her mother to care for her 9-year-old sister just as she falls madly, irrevocably in love with her best friend’s brother, Digby Jones of the clear green eyes.

 

Things reviewers have said about This Raging Light:

What reviewers and readers are saying about Estelle Laure’s debut novel This Raging Light.

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

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 The Unexpected Everything

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

 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

Feverish with suspense and charged with emotion, This Raging Light is a striking debut from a writer to watch.  More than a love story, it’s a poetic, insightful, and ultimately hopeful exploration of loneliness and connection.” — Laura Ruby, Printz award-winning author of Bone Gap 

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

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

“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

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

“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

“[Laure] has a raw, authentic voice and a passion for storytelling.” —Matt de la Peña, Pura Belprée honoree and Newbery award-winning novelist

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 

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

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.  —David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland

“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

“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

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

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

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