All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Posted April 16, 2015 | 17 Comments

All the Rage by Courtney SummersAll the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

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 ».

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 ».

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.


17 responses to “All the Rage by Courtney Summers

  1. I really really do want to read this but I just can’t quite bring myself to yet, I think I need to be prepared for it. But I’m so encouraged that you loved it, even if parts did royally piss you off. 😉
    Wonderful review Christy, have a great weekend!!
    Oh by the way. finished Bringing Home the Bad Boy and LOVED it!

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  2. (referring to the second spoilers) Those idiots (I was going to use a stronger word but I don’t know how you feel about that so I didn’t :P) needs to PAY. Pay so badly that it makes me angry but the sad thing about all of this is that the fact they don’t pay isn’t really unrealistic. It’s actually more realistic then Romy getting justice and doesn’t that break your heart?

    I love how gritty and real this book was but for the same reasons, it was so difficult to read and so heartbreaking and it just made me want to curl up into a ball at times.

    I am glad that you ended up loving this one, Christy! 🙂

    Lovely review! 🙂

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  3. I’ve been seeing this everywhere and the reviews are pretty damn good. I’m still scared to read this though. I feel like this will be a very difficult read for me and it will just break my heart. I applaud the author for tackling an issue right, an issue that is very rampant in our world today. Awesome review Christy!

  4. Even reading the synopsis, I’m feeling all the rage myself. Sounds great Christy, I love how gritty it sounds and yes if only it only happened in fiction 🙁 But at least exposing those double standards and talking about them will maybe go someway towards eliminating them in the future.

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