All the Rage
by Courtney Summers
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: YA Fiction
Print Length: 336 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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?
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
All the Rage is an indictment of “modern” society as a whole when tomorrow’s leaders and “adults” become today’s monsters and unprotected victims. Courtney Summers has the juice to write it as she feels it, sparing nothing in this dark tale of murder, rape and the power in a name or financial status a sit bulldozes over a girl from the “wrong side of the tracks.” Romy has a secret, and wrongfully will not share it because she has become the victim of lies, taunts and bullying. She lacks the strength to go toe to toe with the town’s darling, the sheriff’s son and his friends. She has become a victim, emotionally and physically brutalized and left face down in the dirt exposing her humiliation to the world. Romy isn’t the only victim that night as another girl goes missing from a teenage bonfire and cannot be found. Through her tortured and slowly emerging memories, Romy knows what happened that night, but the collective cruelty and doubt of a small-minded community offers her no support, no safe haven as she is victimized over and over again by teens without conscience. Her own efforts to find the missing girl could get her killed, but the town needs answers, the real ones, and she can only hope the truth will set her free from the pain within.
Courtney Summers’ approach to this tale is harsh, chaotic and cuts like a knife. The mental anguish of a teen caught between wanting desperately to be accepted or wanting to be completely ignored is brutal reading. The callous group mentality of her peers is a sad yet honest portrayal of the desensitizing of a generation more concerned with popularity and power than building a strong inner character. Romy’s mind is a black maze of her inner feelings, her fears and her undeserved guilt. Ms. Summers leaves no stone unturned, evil is revealed, the consequences of that evil and makes the road to personal redemption a hard climb for Romy.
By far, one of the most powerful YA stories I have read in a long time, expect it to haunt you for days after you finish that last page and the final revelations are revealed.
I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for my honest review.