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, Courtney Summers' new novel All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
At first sight, I thought this book was about those typical love story (no kidding, I was actually like “So, she with Kellan in the end?”) until I actually realise what this book was about when I finished reading the blurb. Yes, I’m so naive, sorry HEHE. This book makes me, well, RAGE (yes, pun intended) because it is about a girl who has to go up against the whole town, because nobody wanted to believe the worst of the town’s golden boy. The best part about this book is the style of writing. Some people might say it’s messy, but I call it genius. The book was written in a way that shows the MC’s main emotions. When her thoughts are messed up, there’s unfinished sentences, messy thoughts. When she’s angry, the style of writing shows the emphasis of certain anger. Angry at who, cause of anger. The first paragraph got me hooked, because it started out with what happened that caused everything else. And it wasn’t a normal story telling. It was written in a third person’s POV, in which Courtney Summers actually described what was happening, instead of feeding the story to us. Instead of “HE RAPED HER“, it was written in a not-so-subtle way. I also loved how the author addresses the issue of a typical society. Boy is a hero in town, he rapes girl, everyone hates girl cos she’s lying cos she wants “attention”. EVEN. THE. SHERIFF. So, if I had to recommend this book to anyone, I would recommend it to everyone. Not just women, not just men. EVERYONE. Everyone needs to know that sometimes, by protecting the one you thought wouldn’t do anything bad, might just do something worse. This book doesn’t have an ending that will give you a peaceful mind, but its ending is satisfying enough. SO. READ. Learn something from this book, people. Pick it up.
As today is All The Rage’s book birthday, there will also be a giveaway of a copy of All The Rage. Sorry, International folks, it’s only for US and Canada. 🙂
Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm.