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.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
Hollow. Empty. Violated. That’s how you feel after you finish All the Rage.
Forget despair, forget pain, forget anger; none of these emotions even come close to the way this novel makes you feel, the wave of emotions it elicits in you that take you completely by surprise. Courtney Summers deserves more than an award, more than a metaphorical standing ovation for this masterfully composed piece of literature.
I don’t believe in forgiveness. I think if you hurt someone, it becomes a 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.
It’s not easy to write about rape. It’s not easy to say everything you want to say about victim shaming, and every other topic related to it without saying it, without actual opinions, without actual statements about wrong or right, but by (merely) relating events. Happenings. In this case, the aftermath, the horrifying aftermath of it.
(…) just because something starts out sweet doesn’t mean it won’t push itself so far past anything you could call sweet anymore. And if it all starts like this, how do you see what’s coming?
Rape. It’s a subject matter that should not be taken lightly—not be talked about lightly, not be written about circumstantially. Having read many of Courtney Summers’ novels, I was less inclined to doubt her ability to do handle this subject matter, but I didn’t expect to be as in awe of this novel as I am.
Whoever is reading this, and whichever genre you usually tend to gravitate towards, I whole-heartedly recommend you to buy this novel. Devour it. Let it sink it. You will not regret it.
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