Review – All The Rage by Courtney Summers

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4 stars

81kk8w-pcPLTitle: All The Rage

Author: Courtney Summers

Originally Published: April 14, 2015

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 317

Synopsis: 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?

This book is extremely important and is a very accurate portrayal of rape culture. I loved reading it and I think it should be required reading. And yet after saying that, I also have to say it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be.

I think the summary is a little misleading and other people have said that on goodreads also. The book is more about what happens when young girls are raped and victim blamed. It’s about not just what happens to the victims themselves but what happens to their family, their friendships, and even what could happen is someone were to stick up for the victim.

Romy is a somewhat likable character. When I didn’t like some of the choices she made, I could wholeheartedly understand why she made them. She was easy to relate to, for me personally.

Really what I loved most about this book was how it brought out my emotions. I was actually angry during several scenes. I wanted to just physically insert myself into the book just to punch some of the characters for how they treated Romy. I wanted so fiercely to protect her.

Have any of you read anything else by Courtney Summers? I’m thinking of trying Some Girls Are possibly soon.

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