Review // All the Rage by Courtney Summers

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Title // All the Rage
Author // Courtney Summers
Pages // 257 pages
Publisher // Macmillan Books
Series // None
Release Date // January 2016
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Kellan Turner is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. But when she speaks up, she is branded a liar. Telling the truth has cost her everything, because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town.

But when news of Kellan assaulting another girl gets out, the cost of staying silent might be more than Romy can bear.
All The Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

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Courtney Summers is literally a book genius. That is the only possible way to describe her! All The Rage is a book that I feel every girl should read, and a book that should be encouraged to be read by boys too. It’s not very often that an author comes along and breaks my heart, but Summers did that. And I admire her for it. All The Rage in three words: moving, eye-opening and captivating.

You know all the ways you can kill a girl?

God, there are so many.

The book has a very hard-line story plot that a reader who has been in Romy’s shoes might feel compelled to read. It’s something that has become more of a well-known issue in society, but is still significantly stigmatized. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded ‘r’ word. Rape. And the character of Romy has experienced this first hand, even if her whole town seems hell-bent on denying that it ever happened. Summers is discreet about the issue at first, and it isn’t until you progress to the end where you read about the terrible event. Romy’s story is heart breaking, and it pains me to know that girls such as Romy are still stigmatized and blamed. After everything they go through, they have to justify and almost prove that it happened – otherwise its just malicious lies. What sickens me most is the common excuses we here thrown around – “she deserved it”, “she’s a slut”, “she was asking for it”, “she dresses provocatively, oh well’. It’s 2016 and yet we allow so many sick men to get away with what Kellan did – why? How? Because this is such a heartbreaking issue, if it has happened to you or to a friend or family member – GET HELP! Trust me, it’s never too late.

I don’t believe in forgiveness. I think if you hurt someone, it becomes part of you both. Each of you just has to live with it and the person you hurt gets to decide if they want to give you the chance to do it again. If they do and you’re a good person, you won’t make the same mistakes. Just whole new ones.

Romy is everything I find great in a protagonist. Her strength is unwavering and she never allows anyone to deny that her attack happened. She fights for what is right – a real warrior of truth – and her dedication to her past friend, Penny is admirable. Especially considering that Penny was quick to drop Romy when she began to ‘lie’ about Kellan. Tina also is a character you like. Although her transcendence into understanding is gradual and slow, the mere fact that she turns out okay in the end is both comforting and quite clever. Perhaps I just like how Romy will no longer be the social pariah.

My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl’s sport, but it’s not. It’s armor.

The pace of the book is fact, keeping your attention and making you continue reading. Summers cleverly used cliffhangers in All The Rage, specifically leaving a sentence hanging at the end of one chapter to finish it at the beginning of the other. This is great, because it reminds us that life isn’t cute into sections. The book has a natural, life-like flow. Words don’t just stop – they keep moving and never stop.

I wish I didn’t have a body, sometimes.

All The Rage is easily one of my favourite books, and while I wasn’t quick to jump on the reading train upon its release, it is something I’m proud to have invested money into. Now all I need to do is meet Courtney Summers and life will pretty much be complete. Since my scale only reaches five, this book had to earn the easiest five I’ve ever awarded. With a flawless cover, a stunning plot and a character that is definitely signalling strong vibes, I rate this book highly. So what are you doing reading this now? Go purchase!

5 stars

boreder

Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.

Katy @ Wilde On My Side says “I hope All the Rage is widely read”

Yash @ The Book Wars says “Highly recommended.”

Dezel @ The Fun in Reading Books says “Either way, it was a powerful book.”

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