I received this book for free from blog tours, event in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 14th 2015
Genres: Bullying, Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: blog tours, event
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?
What can I honestly say about All the Rage? That the title is sure to make you rage at certain points in the book too. That the anger that Romy experiences is natural and normal and is just a way of coping with what happened.
A book about rape, friendship, family and a romance, All the Rage punched me in in the gut and made feel “all the feels.” The brutal aftermath of a teenage girl who is raped who lives in a small town where no one believes her, this is Romy’s story.
Not only is the story, dialogue, pacing and length are incredibly developed, but the writing just makes you want to delve inside that world and keep reading until you’re finished. I assure you this isn’t an easy story to read. The protagonist alone has some issues and they’re all warranted as to what happened to her, but she also doesn’t treat others very well. Including her own family and the one guy who is kind and nice to her. I forgave her anyway because that’s where we see her character grow. Oh I pretty much just loved Leon who is literally the hero and is exactly what Romy needs. Bonus points that he also designs and develops themes for blogging platforms! Yay for nerdy jobs being found in books 😀
If there’s one contemporary author that I know I will love, it’s Courtney Summers, her writing speaks to not only my heart, but to my soul. I even teared close to the end, because it was just so emotional, I couldn’t help it. After finishing this late in the night, I couldn’t even write my review because I was left speechless. If you haven’t read anything by her, I highly suggest you do, you’ll devour anything she has written!