Author: Courtney Summers
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
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?
Normally I wouldn’t read a book like this because the subject matter makes me … well, it makes me rage! But there’s no way I’m passing up a Courtney Summers book. All the Rage may be a work of fiction, but this shit is happening way too often in reality.
All the Rage follows Romy and the aftermath of her rape by the small town’s golden boy, who also happens to be the sheriff’s son. And it isn’t pretty. What’s so disgusting is, not only was she raped, she was continuously victimized everyday by the people around her. The other students tormented her relentlessly, while adults shamed and threatened her. She felt like she had no one to turn to. Can you imagine how that would screw with someone’s psyche?
This story is intense, gritty, and heart-wrenching. Summers does an outstanding job of capturing the pain and emotional trauma Romy endured. Romy is obviously suffering from PTSD and anxiety steaming from what’s going on in her life, so being in her head can be pretty dark. There are some truly poignant moments though, especially those involving Ava View Spoiler »when she’s apologizing for being a girl … ugh, killer moment! « Hide Spoiler.
Then we get a ray of sunshine in the form of Leon. Sweet, patient Leon. He lives in a nearby town and has no knowledge of her past or the issues she’s dealing with. And she wants to keep it that way. Unfortunately, Romy’s emotional and mental state make it hard for her to fully let that light in, unsure whether it’ll burn or not. Plus, she’s just not used to the kindness from a guy her age. So it gets painful at times watching Romy try to navigate this unfamiliar terrain, while continuously getting assaulted by assholes.
There’s also a bit of a mystery going on that involves a missing girl with connections to Romy. I really like the way everything unfolds, gradually putting the pieces together until it forms a clear picture. The ending is sort of open-ended and leaves the possibility of more. I really hope we get more, because I love where it could go View Spoiler »Kellan and his daddy need to pay « Hide Spoiler.
So I’m glad I read All the Rage despite wanting to avoid it. Now if only this kind of thing only happened in fiction.