TITLE: All The Rage
AUTHOR: Courtney Summers
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Mystery | Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 336pages (hardcover)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
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The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?
“…and how do you get a girl to stop crying?
You cover her mouth.”
I won’t tell you anything about this story because I want you guys to have the whole experience yourself. BUT. I would tell you how this story made me feel.
I am no wordsmith and this was one of those times that I wished I was so I can tell you guys how fantastic this book was for me. This freaking ripped my heart out in tiny pieces and then it wasn’t still satisfied so it stomped at it so many times after that.
This book made me angry for a lot of reasons. As I’m typing this, I’m shaking because I’m still freaking enraged. The people, God. I can’t believe this thing is happening right now but I sort of do, too, because that’s how messed-up this world is today. People blamed the victim of rape because maybe she liked it, maybe she brought all of this to herself, right?
“It doesn’t go down easy, this proof of being loved.”
Then, the victim started seeing the world in a wrong new light. She can’t even believe she’s worthy of being loved. She even hates that she has a body and a functioning heart because what good did it do to her? She feels she’s better off dead. And this was what hurt me the most.
“You’re not better off dead.”
The writing was so engaging, so incredible that I feel like I couldn’t go to the next pages fast enough.I wish there was more though. I wish for a lot of things, mainly to know about what happens after everything. But I can’t really complain because this novel as it is was more than enough to gut me.
This book was phenomenal. I know I can’t give it enough praise that it so hugely deserved through my words but I guess making you guys read this wonderful masterpiece is enough. So bye guys, I’m going to gush about this now on Twitter.