Saturday, 9 January 2016

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 312
Publisher: Orchard Books 
Released: 14th January 2016

How is it that one day Digby was my best friend's cute twin brother, and then the next he stole air, gave jitters, twisted my insides up?

And with Mom gone, bills to pay and Wren to look after... Why does the best thing happen at the worst time?

What I Have to Say 

This is not a book for people who don't like a good cry, It's a touching story about abandonment and children growing up too fast in order to care for their siblings. 

There's a lot of emotions in this book, from Lucille, Wren and their friends as they try to survive with their parents gone, without letting anyone find out they're on their own. To start off there's a strong bond, both between the sisters and their friends and it's interesting to see how those relationships are strained as the pressure mounts up some growing weaker and others growing stronger. 

I felt this was a really interesting and sensitive look at children becoming carers from their siblings because of neglectful or sick parents (or in this case both). I only know a little of the subject matter, but I felt it was written with compassion and realism. 

Be prepared for the ending though, because it is intense. 

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