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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Just Finished Reading: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage
by Courtney Summers
Published on April 14, 2015
by St Martin's Griffin

Source: eARC for review

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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. 
My take: I'm a huge fan of author Courtney Summers. She writes raw, gripping YA books about girls: angry girls, flawed girls, girls filled with self-doubt, girls who have stepped outside of some imagined societal boundary and are paying the price. 

As the book opens, Romy seems like she has it all together. Her nails and lips are always perfectly painted. There's a cute guy at work who seems interested in her. But underneath that is a girl who is fragile and filled with self-loathing, a girl who is struggling to keep it together on the outside when she's falling apart.

But All the Rage wasn't the book I expected from the synopsis above. I thought it was going to be one of those stories in which a guy and a girl have completely different versions of what happened between them one night. Who's more credible? Who do you believe? This story actually takes place after all that said/she said, and deals more with what happens after a girl gets raped and goes public. What are the longer term ramifications? How does she feel about herself? How is she viewed by those around her? I found it interesting and unexpected that this book was less about the night in question and more about the longer-term aftermath of that night for the victim. 

All the characters in All the Rage -- from Romy's well-meaning mom to her former best friend to her possible new boyfriend -- were so realistic and well-drawn.  As in all Summers' books, the writing is both understated and filled with feeling. No, this book wasn't what I expected going in, but I really liked that it turned out to be something unexpected and very moving. I highly recommend this one!


14 comments:

  1. I've been seeig this everywhere and everyone has been raving about how awesome this book is, and how it challenges slut shaming and victim blaming. I'm still scared of reading this book tbh with you, I feel like it's going to bleed my emotions dry..but every review makes me want to just man up and read this. Awesone review! :)

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    1. I really liked the approach this book took. Yes, I did find it emotional to read, but I always find her books empowering too. Give it a try!

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  2. I already want to read this book, but your review makes me even more excited!

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  3. Great review!!! The description was awesome but the review was better! Cannot wait to read this one!

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  4. I've heard this is quite a powerful read! I'm a little wary since the topic's very sensitive but I really want to try it :)

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  5. This is one book I need to grab as soon as I can lift the book buying ban!

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  6. This sounds like a book that'd make me angry lolz XD

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  7. It's funny, just yesterday author Nova Ren Suma was posting on her blog that this is the book she wants everyone to read, listing many of the reasons in your own review :) I haven't yet, but I definitely will. I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

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  8. I had been going back and forth on this one, trying to decide if I wanted to read it. Sometimes I choose not to read books with unpleasant scenarios unless I've heard it'll be good or I've already read the author because otherwise they can be so emotional for me. I'm so glad you really liked and recommend this one. On my list it goes...

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  9. This woman captures reality like it's nobody's business. She intimidates me so! I'm not surprised you liked this.

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  10. YAS! Totally going to read this one soon.

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  11. I definitely agree with everything you said, Jen! I was expecting the he said/she said thing with possible trials and all that jazz, and I was pleasantly surprised with what Courtney gave us instead. And all the characters were absolutely wonderful.

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  12. This was my first book by Courtney Summers, but it will not be my last. I loved it and thought it was so realistic.

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