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 after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Four and a half stars: An open and raw account of rape in a small town. Exquisitely written, a must read.
Romy's feet pound the track. Round and round in the unrelenting heat she runs. Romy runs in fear, she is afraid to face the truth of what happened to her, she is terrified of her tormentors, and most of all, she is scared to let in the girl that died that one horrible night when she was raped at a party by the sheriff's son. In a small town where the sheriff's son is a golden boy, everyone quickly brands Romy a liar. Not only was she raped, but now she is a liar and an outcast. Things come to a head when Romy's former best friend goes missing at the senior party. What happened to Penny? What happened to Romy that night, and why can't she remember?
What I Liked:
- Courtney Summer's absolutely stunned me with her exquisite writing. Her words scraped at my soul and lingered in my mind. This book is a must read as it is an unapologetic look at what happens when a girl is raped and her word is pitted against the golden boy of the town and his father, the sheriff. Who will believe a girl with a drunken father from the wrong side of the tracks? This book is all that is wrong with society. It is an eye opening, mind numbing read that will peel your eyes wide open to the injustices of sexual violence. I urge you to read this book.
- The subject matter is harsh, but the author handles it well. I liked that she doesn't give us a blow by blow of the attack. Instead it is a jumble of images and feelings, all cluttered together and dumped out. I thought the way this book was executed was brilliant even if it as times confusing. I loved the emotions and feelings in this one. Raw, open and painful.
- Romy is a tough sell. She makes it hard to peel back her layers and see the damaged girl underneath. She hides behind her perfectly applied red lipstick, and flawless red nails. Romy refuses to talk with anyone about what happened to her. She doesn't believe she has any worth, and as a result, she shoves away anyone who makes an attempt to get closer to her, even her own mother. She is shell of herself. I can only imagine the grief and heartache she has endured. I wished that she would let someone wrap their arms around her and tell her she mattered. Romy will break your heart. I loved that even though Romy didn't take advantage of her support system because she didn't feel like she deserved it, she had her mother and her mother's boyfriend as well as her friend, Leon, behind her, trying to love her. No absentee parents. I like how you felt Romy's mother's anguish in not being able to help her daughter.
- There is more to this story than Romy's rape. It is also the story about the school's golden girl who turns up missing. I liked the mystery regarding Penny's disappearance. This story line leads up to a shocking, jaw dropping conclusion that will leave your stunned.
- Once again, I will mention how gorgeous and exquisite the writing is. Ms. Summers' use of words is extraordinary. She pulls you in and makes you see and feel. I can't begin to describe the writing, it is something you have to experience yourself. This isn't a story that tells the tale, instead it makes you feel it through emotions and words that will scrape you raw. I highly recommend experiencing Ms. Summer's writing.
- Even though the book doesn't end with a happily ever after type ending, I liked that it remained realistic, and that I was left with a small glimmer of hope for Romy.
And The Not So Much:
- As I mentioned, this isn't a telling type story so the way the author executes it makes it a bit difficult to follow. It flashes around from Now to two weeks prior. Even then, I felt like I didn't have a full grasp on the time line. I think if I went back and reread it, I would have a clearer idea. Don't expect this to follow a linear timeline, pay attention as you read.
- I was disappointed that the boy responsible for the rape isn't in the picture after the event. I wanted to see this golden boy in action around the town to understand his character. I felt like I was missing something.
- This isn't a story for younger teens. It covers a range of topics from bullying, date rape drugs, rape, and drinking. I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to teens fifteen and up, but I think this would be a book best suited to read and discuss with your younger age teen.
- I feel like a broken record when I say this after reading an issue book, I was expecting a list of resources for those who read this book who need help. I hope the final copy includes a phone numbers and web addresses for victims of sexual assault.
All The Rage is a powerful, moving, exceptionally written book that you must experience. It isn't an easy read, and at times, it is downright painful, but it is a book that will linger with you days and weeks after you read it. It will tear your eyes wide open to the horrible injustices of sexual violence in our society. I highly recommend this as a book to read and discuss with young teens. If nothing else, read this for the writing. I was most impressed.
"Something is happening inside me and I need it to stop, I need to stop this feeling, the past trying to put itself on me because it's too heavy to wear."
"You know all the ways you can kill a girl?
God, there are so many. "
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.