All the Rage

All the Rage

Book - 2015 | First edition
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After being assaulted by the sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, Romy Grey was branded a liar and bullied by former friends, finding refuge only in the diner where she works outside of town, but when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing and news of him assulting another girl gets out, Romy must decide whether to speak out again or risk having more girls hurt.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250021915
125002191X
9781250069153
1250069157
Branch Call Number: TEEN SUMMERS
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 22 cm

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MandyGrace22
Sep 21, 2017

There's no way to explain the honesty, and brutality of this book. I usually gravitate towards books that I can relate to. I didn't expect this book to cover every emotion though. I am going to tell you that I am one of the survivors. As I'm sure a lot of you are. I felt I needed to share that in order for this review to mean more.

Survivor..That's a big word. Sometimes it doesn't feel true though. How do you know if you survived? You may be alive, but wearing a mask can only get you so far. That is what I love about this book though. Romy told them what happened to her. When they didn't believe her, she brushed off the dirt, and shielded herself behind perfect nail polish and half smiles. What else could she do in such a small town?

Now the part of this book that I was hesitant about was Penny. The girl who goes missing. I started this book thinking it was going to be an inspiring novel of a girl to pursues healing. What I got was so much better. Penny going missing (though awful), is what makes everything tie together. I kept racking my brain trying to think of why something would happen to her? When I finally understood, I was left in tears.

"You traded your life for a girl who was already dead and I'm sorry you gave up everything for her."

Leon. Ever since what happened to me, I can't trust boys. I can't be around them. I don't want to be touched. So Leon. though he was being sweet, had me thinking "Oh here we go, she's gonna fall in love". But that wasn't it at all, he was there. That's it. He made her see how someone can be good. I believe she was confused because she wanted to be with him but her body was betraying her, telling her other things, bringing up other flashbacks. That can change everything and make you want to run. Push them away because if they touch you, even out of love, all the bad can come back. And you'll be that girl again.

So she pushes him away and bites her tongue.

"My body revolts, I yank my arm away and it makes his eyes widen, makes him step back and I thing-good."

The thing I love most about this book is the way it's written. The way Romy's words are strung together. Like all of her thoughts are the same feeling. If any of you struggle with PTSD, and have panic attacks, perhaps you know what I mean when I say that you can't form simple sentences. You'r brain pushes all sense of reality away, and all you have left is this panic. Romy's thoughts are relatable, it was almost a shock, like the feeling of being the only one in the world who speaks this one language all alone, only to find somebody else is speaking it too. Madness. Rage. Chaos. Courtney Summers portrays it perfectly, and even beautifully.

I bring my fingers to my stomach, digging into the skin until I feel red under my red nails, red, my red, me, until It's something I've done to myself."

Finally, the one last thing I love about this book is the realness of it. Courtney Summers doesn't sugar coat being a "survivor". She's real about it. Sometimes you need to cover yourself in make up and nail polish, as your own personal shield. Some days you need to run in the rain, and cry. Then go home to take a hot bath and sleep. Sometimes in order to heal, you need to let yourself feel the pain first. It sometimes seems easier to push it down, turn away when you say "I'm alright", smile through the mornings..But throughout Romy's story, she learns that because she's been holding all of the pain on her own, it's okay to acknowledge it, and let others hold some of it for you.

This book is many things but for me, it's a reminder, that we are not alone. That it's okay to feel the bad things, and that things won't always stay the same. Thank you Courtney Summers for this amazing novel. After reading "Some Girls Are", and now this, I will definitely be reading the rest of your books. "All the Rage" is pure poetry.

RDPL_Teens Jul 12, 2017

A gut-wrenching tale about the aftermath (and larger impact) the sexual assault of a high school student in a small town where everyone knows everyone else's secrets.

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susan_findlay
Jun 04, 2017

This was my other book club selection for the month (alongside Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson). While I appreciated and respected what the author was doing with Speak, All the Rage was a much more enjoyable read for me,* and I found Romy much easier to relate to than Melinda. (That's more a reflection on me than on the characters; both books were very well written.)

Whereas Speak is a character piece that has a tiny bit of plot woven through it so that the main character has something to react to, All the Rage is a mystery novel with a well-developed and interesting main character. Unusually for this genre, she is neither a detective nor the victim nor the perpetrator (of the mystery in question; the book is clear from page one that she is the victim of a related crime).

The strongest theme in the book is a commentary on how differently (and usually unfairly) people are treated based on their social class. Many reviews and summaries comment on the most obvious case: the sheriff's son getting away with raping the main character (one year prior; that's not a spoiler) and the town blaming her for "falsely accusing" him and "trying to ruin his life". But there many more subtle cases throughout the book. Despite this, it doesn't feel at all preachy.

I read this book in one sitting. I should have put it down to go to sleep with about 50 pages left. I didn't. That's what bumps it from 4 stars to 5 stars.

*I enjoy true crime books and have read a lot of Ann Rule's work. Substitute "fascinating" for "enjoyable" if you find the idea of enjoying that type of story creepy.

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danthetiredboi
Dec 28, 2016

Summers did a wonderful job talking about such a rough topic. The description on the book doesn't really relate to what's happening, in fact, it's not really a description. Romy Grey is a rape survivor and no one believes her. In fact, the town she lives in despises her for accusing the town's golden boy of doing it. They all blame her for it as if she was somehow asking to be raped.
For me, this book hit home. It's very important. A must read.

Cynthia_N Mar 07, 2016

Such a tough book to read on such a tough subject. As I was reading it, I just kept wondering how things like this happen but they do. We see similar stories in the news quite frequently. Highly recommended!

AliReads Sep 20, 2015

"You know all the ways you can kill a girl? God, there are so many.”

This was a rough book to read, because of how viscerally realistic and well written it is. It's a story that examines what it means to be a girl, the social and personal politics of having a body, especially when you are a rape survivor. It's a story about how mentally and physically dangerous girlhood actually is. All the Rage focuses on Romy's agency, on her survival, and on every angry unfair hollowed out thought she has. It shies away from nothing, and pulls no punches.

A furious and important book. It's not very much like Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, but they definitely exist as part of the same conversation, so I'd recommend that one to anyone looking for something similar.

KateHillier May 20, 2015

This book does not mess around and comes with a massive trigger warning. Like huge.

Romy is a rape survivor. A rape survivor who is not believed and is treated abominably for daring to accuse the town's favoured son of doing it. Romy is not assumed to be telling the truth because she has a crush on him, because she was wearing a short skirt, because of all those reasons that girls and women and others are not believed. That they were asking for it somehow.

The blurb on this book doesn't really do the book justice. Romy's story is about a traumatized girl in a society where she is always the reason for her own issues and is seen as worthless. It is horrifically painful to read; especially since you know this is real life. I have heard stuff like this on the news all the time.

It's harrowing but important. So important.

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