Published by St Martin's Griffin on 14 April 2015
Genres: Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Some Girls Are, Please Remain Calm, Violent Ends
Place(s) Traveled To: Grebe, unknown // Ibis, Unknown
First Line(s): The boy is beautiful.
When you pick up a Courtney Summers novel you know that you aren’t going to be in for a light and fluffy read. Summers does wonders capturing the raw and gritty details in love and her newest book, All the Rage, which deals with the topic of rape. Which is never an easy topic in a story but Summers handles it with honesty and grace. All the Rage is not a book that you can love but it is real and raw and its such an important book to be out in the world. Romy will make your heart ache because she is so broken and there is nothing that you can do about it. As a reader, you can only sit back and watch as she struggles to come to some semblance of ordinary as she deals with the after effects of one of the worst things that can happen to a girl. For not only was she raped, but no one in her small town believes her because of who her rapist was, Kellan, the sheriff’s son.
For me, All the Rage, started off a bit slow but once I got into the story I couldn’t put it down. As with all Courtney Summer’s books the writing and the story kept me rooted to my chair until I reached the end of the book. While I may not have always agreed with the choices that Romy makes one thing that never changed was my need to reach into the pages and give her a hug. Romy has such a tough life and I kept wanting to tell her that it would get better once she was able to leave that town behind and find her tribe. But when you are dealing with a town like Romy’s looking for the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an easy thing as just when you think things are changing you get knocked down again.
All the Rage will not be a book for everyone and its not a book for the faint of heart. As a girl who likes books with happily ever afters that made this one even a little harder to read.There is no happily ever after fairy tale ending within these pages. But this is an important book because in life there aren’t always always happy endings. Sometimes there’s just taking things one day at a time as you try to hold on to the mess and chaos that life throws at you. This is part of why this book is so essential. This is why I think its a book that everyone should read. Romy’s story could be anyone’s story and while it may not be your reality it could be the reality of the girl sitting right next to you.
Courtney Summers is an amazing and talented writer and if you haven’t read any of her books then you need to work on that. Her stories always hit the tough issues but their always issues that need to be dragged from the dark and into the light. Summers doesn’t shy away from the hard things in life and her prose is strong and powerful and will often cut you right to the bone. I love a good Courtney Summers novel but I always pick up each new story with a little dread because I just know that it most likely tear my heart into pieces. Her books are like walking over a bed of hot coals but the sense of accomplishment from making it across unscathed is always worth all the torment she puts you through on the journey.