Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Page count: 321 pages
Released: April 14th 2015 (Re-released January 28th 2016)
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Type: Kindle, ARC
Rating: 4 stars
“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.
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?”
I started reading this with quite a lot of doubt in my mind – was the synopsis strong enough? Were they going to do justice with the rape theme? Was I going to agree with the way things were handled? But it didn’t take long for me to realise this book was getting everything right.
<i>All the Rage</i> is about so much more than just a girl who gets bullied at school, or a girl who goes missing after a party. This book highlights the socially and morally wrong ways that the world treats girls – even the way girls treat girls. With a strong female lead, this book really gave me the opportunity to understand the feelings (be that scared, ashamed, depressed, confused) that rape victims go through without – thank God – actually going through them myself. It also gives you a deep understanding of the need to protect girls and now I’m rallied up to go. Because although this book is fiction, stories like this are not, and what better way to show that than written forever in a book?
The characters were bold and full but the writing hooked me. This book is dark, dirty, and not one I’ll be forgetting soon.