Thursday, April 9, 2015

Early Review: All the Rage by Courtney Summers


Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Source:  Publisher
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads:

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?

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What an extremely apt title for this book.  Romy is so full of anger; and as the reader and as a woman, I raged right along with her. What this young girl has experienced is so extremely unfair, and it absolutely broke my heart.  This is a hard subject matter for me, but I have enjoyed Courtney Summers' previous writing and didn’t want to miss out on the story she had to tell.   Her story hurt me, but she certainly didn’t disappoint me.  Though it is easy to shy away from a story that involves this kind of abuse, it’s so important to read because while Romy may be fictional – her story is not. 

“... how do you get a girl to stop crying? You cover her mouth.”

What’s worse than being assaulted by the sheriff’s son, the town’s golden boy? Being called a liar and then being bullied for it. This story follows Romy in the aftermath as she tries to deal with the rage from her assault as well as being turned into a social outcast for trying to report it.  Romy struggles to change her role of victim to survivor; and in a surprising turn of events, she has a decision to make: come forward once again in the hope of sparing someone else her fate or keep quiet and try to live with her silence. 

 “You should have believed me.”

This book is a heart-wrenching but very realistic look at what happens when society fails a victim.  It is sad, it is unfair, and it happens in real life every day.  Captivating writing tells a powerful story that will touch hearts and lives and should not be missed. 

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

© at A Belle's Tales

  

8 comments:

  1. I thought this book was powerful as well, I recently read it today - the premise & concept was pretty fantastic, I just felt it was confusing at times, I never really found out what happens in the end though? Beautiful review overall<3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I felt the same way about the ending at first. After gathering my thoughts, I re-read it; and I really liked and understood it. I do wish there had been an epilogue, though, because I would have loved a glimpse into the future ;) Thanks so much, Benish <3

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  2. This book sounds like it would absolutely destroy me... books like this get me so damn angry because I hate all of the people in the book who take part in the victim blaming. But these books need to exist because this is something in our society that needs to be addressed. Great review Michele!

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  3. I am currently reading this one and it is stunning. The subject matter, the writing, all of it. I am so glad to see that it was a solid read for you. I am hoping to finsih tonight.

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  4. Wow, this sounds like a powerful and intense book. The subject is something that would probably make me cry. But I love books that are intense and deal with real, raw situations.

    Lovely review, my friend!! *BIG HUGS*

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  5. Yes, I wanted to rage and beat the crap out of so many people. Not just the fictional characters in this book, but also all the people that do this in real life.

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  6. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds very intense and I have added it to my list. Sounds like a subject that will be painful, but also important to read and think about. Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Jess

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  7. Although, as you have stated, this type of subject matter is hard to read about, especially for a woman, we women MUST read such books, precisely so we can raise our own awareness of the reality of sexual assault, and how, far too many times, it's the VICTIM herself who bears the blame for her own rape.

    I have witnessed the horrible verbal attacks against women on Twitter who are courageous enough to have posted their stories of sexual assault online, whether on Twitter, or their own blogs. All of the attackers are men, of course, and all of them insist that most, if not all, accusations of rape are false!! So we need books like this one, and we need to feel rage ourselves, even if we have been lucky enough not to have gone through such a terrible experience. But we must go beyond the rage to raise awareness ourselves, through speaking up. I have done so, and will continue to do so, on Twitter. I will make sure to start doing this on my blog, as well.

    So, thanks, Michele, for your very heartfelt review! I am adding this book to my Goodreads TBR, and my Amazon wishlist, right away!! : )

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