ARC REVIEW: All The Rage by Courtney Summers

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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
RATING:

 

4 ★★★★

 

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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?

 

REVIEW:

 

“…and how do you get a girl to stop crying?
You cover her mouth.”

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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.

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“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.

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REVIEW: This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1) by Courtney Summers a.k.a a a zombie book, but not really

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TITLE: This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1)
AUTHOR: Courtney Summers
PUBLICATION: Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
GENRE: YA > Horror | Zombies
PAGES: 336pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: purchased
RATING: 

 

 4 ★★★★

 

 

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It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.
To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.
But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside.
When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

If there’s one word to describe my emotion after reading This Is Not A Test, it’s.. surprised.

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I know that zombies are involved, I just didn’t know that it would be that emotional and that the story has that depth that usually books by this genre lacks. It’s amazing how Courtney Summers made her readers sympathize to a main protagonist who whines every chapter because she just wanted to die. I honestly don’t feel for suicidal heroines, I know, I’m heartless. But most of them are just irritating that’s why it’s hard to sympathize. But Sloane is different. She’s real, she developed as a character and her journey is just heart wrenching.

Sloane is one of the students that hid inside Cortege High when the apocalypse broke down. In there, six students are trying to survive and making plans to stay alive. But they don’t know that Sloane has other plans. You see, Sloane wants to die. From the opening chapter of the book, she makes it clear that she no longer wants to live. Her father hurts her and her sister, the only family she cares about, left her. What’s the reason to live? But Sloane will find the answer to that question when she and and six more students found themselves trapped in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

This Is Not A Test is a zombie book, but it’s really not. Do you get what I’m saying? The atmosphere of the book is really good, it’s like you’re really there with Sloane that’s why you get the chills and the creeps, and yet, the story.. is so emotionally raw. It’s terrifying and poignant. Courtney Summers is one of the best authors ever, I can attest to that. Her writing is… WOW. I can’t describe it. It’s lyrical, gritty and gripping.

This is also one of the most character driven book I’ve ever read. The characterization is brilliant. Each character has stories and you will find yourself eager to know it. Though the book isn’t focused on the romance aspect, being me, I still shipped Sloane with someone and guess what? It sailed! 

Courtney Summers could write on a napkin and I would read it, devour it, love it. Although the fact that it’s a zombie novel is going to be widely publicized, the novel is so much more than that. This is a zombie novel for people who don’t like books about zombies. Fantastic contemporary YA with a twist. Highly, highly recommended.

Paula