All The Rage: A Novel

Hardcover | April 14, 2015

byCourtney Summers

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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.

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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 everyt...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.48 × 5.81 × 1.24 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage: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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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"Powerful and heartbreaking - Romy and her story will stay with you long after you've turned the last page." -Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)"There are good books. There are great books. And then there are books like All The Rage, which take a piece of your heart and won't let go." -Elizabeth Scott, author of Living Dead Girl"Smart, brutal, heartbreaking--Courtney Summers is at her unflinching best." -Brenna Yovanoff, New York Times Bestselling author of The Replacement and Fiendish"All The Rage is a visceral indictment of rape culture and its far-reaching consequences and Romy is an incredibly strong and compelling character. Her story should be shared with both our daughters and our sons." -Rachel Vincent, New York Times bestselling author of The Unbound series and The Stars Never Rise"A Courtney Summers' novel always has wonderfully uncompromising characters and relationships. All the Rage was no exception." -Melina Marchetta, Printz Award-Winning author of Jellicoe Road"The kind of novel that breaks you apart, and doesn't care if it puts you back together again. It's a story about hard choices and about the tumult of being a teenager. Sharp writing shot through with a soft vein of sadness. Courtney Summers doesn't flinch, and neither should you. Read this book." -Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Mockingbird"In All the Rage, Courtney Summers gives a voice to countless teenage girls our society has turned our back on-the ones so many of us try to ignore. With a confident, fearless, incisive, and even compassionate heart, Summers allows these girls to be seen and heard again. A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, this is a work of great power and resonance and I believe it can give a new generation of teen girls a voice." -Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services, Los Alamos County Library System, NM"Summers takes victim-shaming to task in this timely story, and the cruelties not only of Romy's classmates but also the adults she should be able to trust come heartbreakingly to the fore. Romy's internal monologue is breathy and filled with bitter indignation, and while the narrative style may require some patience, older teens who like gritty realism will find plenty to ponder." -Booklist"So, to put it plainly: All the Rage is going to make you feel all the rage. And that's because Courtney Summers takes a woman's brutal reality and puts it on the page, screaming the injustices with her pen." -Bustle.com"Compellingly unpredictable... As a look at the trauma after an assault, it has a queasy power and some bold insight." -NPR.com"Romy is complex and likewise developed well as the story progresses; readers will feel for her as she grapples with her most vulnerable moments and see hope in her times of strength." -School Library Journal (starred review)"Romy's anguish dominates her narration, and the details of her experience-the victim-blaming by her classmates, both boys and girls, and her keeping it all secret from her mother-are acutely observed... In fact, injustice and privilege are the major themes of the novel, and those are topics that ensure this book will elicit lively classroom discussion." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books