All The Rage: A Novel

by Courtney Summers

St. Martin's Press | April 14, 2015 | Hardcover

All The Rage: A Novel is rated 4.33333333333333 out of 5 by 3.

Named a "Best Book of 2015" by Bustle, Book Riot, Chicago Public Library, Quill and Quire, and the B&N Teen Blog!

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.48 × 5.81 × 1.24 in

Published: April 14, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125002191X

ISBN - 13: 9781250021915

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful & Unflinching When Romy Grey was raped at a party one night, she tried to speak up against her rapist. Kellen Turner was the sheriff's son, her small town's golden boy... and nobody believed Romy, the girl whose father was a drunk, who lived on the wrong side of town. Branded a slut, a liar, and an outcast, Romy has been abandoned by her closest friends, the very people who should have supported her when she needed it most. The only place Romy still finds any refuge and semblance of peace is at Swan's Diner, where she works as a waitress on the outskirts of town. At Swan's, nobody knows Romy was raped, and nobody thinks she's a liar. She's just a pretty teen girl named Romy. But when a classmate she once considered a friend suddenly goes missing and a desperate, town-wide search to find her begins, Romy must reconsider her decision to remain silent, even if it means exposing herself to the harsh criticism of her community again. I felt so much rage and anger for Romy while reading All the Rage. Why is it so easy for society to cast the blame on victims of rape? If a woman dresses in revealing clothes showing skin, or acts flirtatiously to a man, why is it we are so inclined to judge her in the wrong? That she must have been at fault, and not the other way around? Much like Courtney Summers' previous novels, All the Rage offers us no easy resolutions or straightforward answers. Romy may have physically recovered, but the trauma of her rape has left long-lasting psychological damage that cannot be quickly healed. Romy is not necessarily a reliable narrator, but it doesn't mean she isn't telling us the truth. Her thoughts can be fragmented, and there are gaps in her memories that she cannot recall, but I felt it was a reflection of just how broken and hollow Romy feels deep inside. At school, she is relentlessly bullied and called out for being an attention seeker, but it couldn't be further from the truth. Romy wants to be invisible, to hide away from others because she cannot trust anyone anymore. She doesn't feel safe in the world unless she can meticulously apply red nail polish to her nails and red lipstick to her lips; it's the only form of control she feels she can still exert over her own body after being so utterly violated. While All the Rage is a fictional contemporary novel, it is heartbreaking to know that there are women just like Romy who suffer in silence without the justice they deserve. I find it utterly terrifying and horrifying to know someone can rip away my agency and make me feel powerless, that sexual assault is still a crime that offenders never truly face punishment. Rape has become synonymous with terms like shame and silence when it shouldn't, and this is something we must find a way to change in the future. Courtney Summers has written a powerful, unflinching novel that adds to a much needed discussion about rape culture and its consequences. All the Rage is an emotionally-charged book that explores difficult subject matter and makes no promises of consolation or assurance. Romy's story will surely hit you with all the feels and resonate with readers long after finishing the novel.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important message Everyone in town is under the impression that Kellan Turner, the sheriff’s son, is a great guy who can do no wrong. Romy Grey knows the truth. She tried to speak up against him but everyone sided with the golden boy over the girl from the wrong side of town. Now Romy’s only safe place is the small diner she works at outside of town where no one knows her story. When a girl goes missing from a party and there’s news that Kellan had assaulted another girl in a different town, Romy has to decide if she wants to get involved again. No one would listen the first time but can she live with herself if she stays silent? The title of this book fit it very well. It was the type of book that one can easily become very angry while reading it because you just want to scream at the victim-blaming characters. There were so many issues the book touched on and it managed to do so without losing focus on Romy’s character and her struggle to deal with the past assault, the consequences of her speaking out, and if she should speak out again. Romy was not a perfect character, which was what made her so great. She was struggling to survive high school, and that’s hard enough under normal circumstances, after accusing a top athlete of assault and she lost everything because of that. She had trouble accepting that people would want to help her and she made some terrible and rash decisions. She did have people who cared about her who would have helped her in a second if she’d asked but that would have meant letting them in. I like how she got protective over the people she cared about and that even when she was scared, she never backed down. There were so many characters in this book that I wanted to scream at. Kellan and his father were the main two but also the teachers and counselors and every adult and teenager, every person who was old enough to understand the assault and cover-up, and still chose to make Romy feel like it was her fault. It was a ‘throw the book so hard I hope you felt that through the pages’ type of rage. If they weren’t looking down at Romy for daring to tell the truth, they were looking down on her mom’s new boyfriend for not working even though he suffered from chronic pain. Thankfully there were also good characters. Romy’s mom and Todd, her mom’s boyfriend, tried their best to help Romy. The people she worked with at the diner all cared about her. Leon, the love interest, was so sweet and patient and exactly what Romy needed, if she would let him. There was a bit of time-jumping, which was a little confusing at the beginning. Other than that, it was a very fast, suspenseful read. It was short but it used the pages to make a memorable statement, one that will stick and one that needs to be said. It was a terrifying and disturbing read because it does happen and not everyone has a Leon to help them.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why weren't there young adult books like this when I was a teen? Romy lives in a small town where everyone knows everyone's business. But after she claims rape against the golden boy, the sheriff's son Kellan, he's sent away and she becomes the girl everyone hates. Branded a liar, she becomes friendless, bullied relentlessly and she withdraws into herself, keeping to herself. She takes great pride in the art of applying nail polish and lipstick, these things she can control, and she isn't herself without them. Then her former best friend goes missing after a senior year party, Romy is found the next morning partially undressed on the road with no memory of the party or of anything after. How did she get there? Did she have anything to do with Penny's disappearance? Everyone still looks at her with disdain. She is the girl that should be missing, would anyone care if she was missing,or worse, if she died? This was such an emotional packed novel. My heart broke for Romy, going to school day after day, not knowing what mean thing she'd have to endure. The sheriff who doesn't believe his son did what she said he did, keeps questioning her. When she was at her most vulnerable and needed someone that cared, no one did. Bullying is a topic that really angers me, so much of it goes on, and people doing the bullying don't realize the lifelong impact. When she gets a job in a different town and starts to develop a relationship with a boy there, she still can't trust and keeps pushing him away, she doesn't want him to know things about her, she doesn't want her two lives to intercept. She is so full of anger, but pushes everyone away who wants to help her. This book is well written, a young adult book that doesn't read juvenile. I wish there were books like this back when I was a young adult.
Date published: 2015-06-04

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All The Rage: A Novel

All The Rage: A Novel

by Courtney Summers

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.48 × 5.81 × 1.24 in

Published: April 14, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125002191X

ISBN - 13: 9781250021915

From the Publisher

Named a "Best Book of 2015" by Bustle, Book Riot, Chicago Public Library, Quill and Quire, and the B&N Teen Blog!

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.

About the Author

COURTNEY SUMMERS lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, Please Remain Calm, and All the Rage.

Editorial Reviews

"Around these twin mysteries runs a tight, unrelenting plot that brings into sharp, brutal relief the difference between reviled Romy and a girl who suffers 'a fate no one thinks she deserves.' Tough, weary, hurt and scared, Romy makes believably flawed choices, sometimes hurting others and herself. The small, close-knit town of Grebe is a seething cauldron of grudges and loyalties, and each character is not only carefully drawn, but deeply rooted in generations of history. Unflinching and powerful." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"The narrative never shies from its charged subject, and Summers (This Is Not a Test) portrays the unforgiving mind-set of Grebe's citizens with grim realism. Through its resolution is neither tidy nor simple, Romy's powerful story creates a space for change." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Rape culture, class prejudice, and bullying are all handled sensitively and powerfully in this novel. Readers will definitely be compelled to find out whether Romy breaks free from her demons or implodes from the pressure." -Voya Magazine"With a plot that will leave you breathless and characters that will sink into your heart and stay there, it is Summers' ability to take on a painful subject with both nuance and stinging clarity that is the devastating genius of this narrative. All the Rage is full-on astonishing--and will be critical to future conversations about young adult literature. " -Adele Griffin, author of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone"Po
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