by Courtney Summers
Publish Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: YA Lit/Realistic Fiction/Contemporary/Mystery
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
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 is visceral, brutal, and heartbreaking. It was look into the rape culture and its far-reaching consequences. This broke my heart completely.
The story follows Romy, a girl who has been viciously bullied since she claimed that she was raped by the Sheriff’s son back in Junior Highschool. She is depressed (who wouldn’t be), and tries to cope by putting on her armor—red lips and red nail polish.
My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl’s sport, but it’s not. It’s armor. -pg. 84
Part way through the story, a girl goes missing at a party that Romy was at, though she has memory of. The whole time, she tries to remember what happened that night, all the while dealing with everyone blaming her for this that everything.
Romy breaks my heart at every turn. There were several times throughout the book that I wished she would stop pushing people away, that she would accept some help from those who do care about her. But I believe she was too depressed and too scared to do that. It was frustrating and understandable.
Her mom has separated from her drunk of a father, and they now live with her mom’s new boyfriend, Todd, who had been in an accident at 17, which injured his back to the point that he is in constant pain. He has to draw a disability check because he is not able to hold a job, yet people judge him and think he is lazy.
People don’t trust what they can’t see, he says and that’s his burden to bear. -pg. 19
They both love her and want to help her, yet she doesn’t turn to them with anything, believing there is nothing they can do about any of it.
The reason I didn’t give this book five stars, is that I was confused for a good portion of this book. As the story begins, you learn that there is something that happened to her, something that all her classmates felt the need to shun and humiliate her at every turn, and spread lies which make her wonder if anyone would ever look for her if she was to go missing. You learn a little more as the story goes on, but still, it took a while before I was able to figure out what was going on.
It’s amazing how bad you can make the truth sound. As long as you keep it partially recognizable when you spit it out, a crowd will eat it up without even thinking about how hard you chewed on it first. -pg. 83
This is an important book, and a good look at our culture. It definitely makes you think. It will also rip out your heart.