Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: April 14, 2015
Genres: Mature YA
Page Count: 320
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, Courtney Summers' new novel All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.
I’ve been so anxious to read All The Rage. I knew it was a topic that was going to make upset. This is type of book that gets your blood boiling, it makes you questions things, it breaks your heart, and it makes you want to search for the truth.
“That’s how you get a girl to stop crying; you cover her mouth until the sound dies against your palm.”
This story begins in the aftermath of Romy Grey’s rape. Romy was raped by the sheriff’s oldest son, Kellan. The moment she told the truth the small town they lived in, turned against her. Her friends and other students, were cruel and malicious to her. Now some time has passed and she’s moved to the next town over. Her alcoholic father is gone and her and her mom have moved in with boyfriend Todd, her mom’s new boyfriend. Things have changed in her life but she still attends the same school.
“But just because something’s sweet doesn’t mean it won’t push itself so far past anything you could call sweet anymore. And if it all starts like this, how do you see what’s coming?”
You only get bits and pieces of what happened to Romy, but you feel every bit of her pain and anger. She tries to camouflages herself with her red lipstick and red nail polish, she doesn’t want people to see the girl she was before, she wants them to see the girl she is now. No one believed her when she said she was raped. Not her best friend and certainly not the sheriff. She wants to move on, she wants to feel normal, but it hard for her to safe anymore. Even when she finds someone new that she likes, she scared of the “what ifs”. The what if she hurt again, what if he doesn’t stop, what if something goes wrong?
“It’s amazing how bad you can make the truth sound. As long as you keep it partially recognizable when you spit it out, a crowd will eat it up without even thinking about how hard you chewed on it first.”
But it doesn’t have to be the truth, it just has to sound like it. That’s how every lie about me turned itself into something honest.
When another girl goes missing, it brings to light certain secrets and truths. Truths the town doesn’t want to face. You don’t get all the answers and you don’t get all the details but this story easily sucks you in.
This is my first Courtney Summers book but it will not be my last. I loved the writing style. You saw things through Romy’s thoughts and emotions. The story didn’t always flow smoothly but it worked because we saw and understood things as Romy saw them. I love Romy’s character. She was vulnerable but she had showed so much strength. Ms. Summers wrote this story in a hauntingly real way. I found myself varying from sadness, to heart break, to all out rage for the things that happened to Romy. I wanted to defend and her protect her. It was so scary to see how easily people could to turn a blind eye to the truth, just because it was easier for them. This wasn’t an easy read but absolutely recommend this book.