Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: April 14, 2015
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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.
It's impossible not to be completely sucked-in by Courtney Summer's prose. She has an unapologetic way of laying out the story that stirs everything within the reader, nails digging into the book, eyes swiftly devouring every sentence like life depends on it. I wish I was exaggerating. I'm not. She is seriously THAT good. Every sentence was a sharp knife digging into my gut. I wanted to climb into the story and slap everyone in it, most of all Romy, so she'd snap out of it and talk, so she'd find her voice, so she'd understand that she can--and she should.
It's a story about a survivor. A confused girl who doesn't know how to co-exist with what's happened to her. A girl, like many, who chooses to hide behind the blissful ignorance of those who never want to believe things like rape. The story was riveting, wrenching, brutal. A bit more mature than Summer's previous novels, her points cutting through as poignant as Romy's voice. I did feel the middle part lagged a little, some parts I had to reread to fully grasp. Some parts were left open ended and I wasn't sure if there was a point to that.
Overall, it's a story that begs to be heard and will sit in your gut and stay with you for a long, long time.
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