Blog Tour: Review: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: NetGalley
Review by: Jenn
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, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

4 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this title from the publisher, however, that does not influence this review in any way.*

All the Rage follows the story of Romy and the aftermath of being branded a liar by everyone in town. She is bullied in school and most of the scenes in school just breaks my heart. The way she is treated and the way she deals with it, I'm not sure how I would deal with it. All I know is that being in Romy's head made me feel everything that Courtney Summers wanted her readers to feel: Romy's hurt, her anger, her helplessness, her confusion. But also her drive to just put one feet in front of the other and get through each day alive. Romy's hope is to one day escape her hell, which is her small town, and as a reader, I just wish and hope she does.

The title of this book says it all. I felt All the Rage while reading this book. I felt sick to my stomach reading about Romy's treatment and knowing that other girls have it infinitely worse than what was portrayed. Courtney Summers wanted to give a realistic view into how young women are shunned and silenced and she did it with this book. My only hope is for more people to read it and hopefully gain a new perspective on how not to treat victims of rape and to learn a little bit more compassion.

About the author
COURTNEY SUMMERS was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. At age 14, she dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently and spent those years figuring out what she wanted to do with her life. At 18, she knew she was meant to write.
To date, she has authored five novels. Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published four more books–2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book, Some Girls Are, 2012 YALSA Quick Pick, Fall for Anything, and 2013 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book This is Not a Test and All the Rage as well as an e-novella, Please Remain Calm (a sequel to This is Not a Test).
When she is not writing, Courtney loves playing video games, watching horror movies and obsessing over the zombie apocalypse. Her favourite colour is green and she’s a total feminist.
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