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?
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Macmillan Children’s Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was actually my first accepted Galley, and so it caused a lot of excitement within me, but I do not think I was completely ready for the exceptionally heavy and emotional topic that the novel held within its pages. Simply said, I was terrified of what the book had inside… and therefore didn’t relate to it and so found it harder than usual to push through. But boy, am I glad that I couldn’t find an ounce of content with which I could actually relate to.
However, I did see that the book was incredibly written, the style was almost poetry and the language used was beautiful despite the descriptions being of scenes which were almost savage in nature. The characters were wonderfully flawed, and crafted in which only an adept author could manage. I did like Romy, and felt her festering pain as though it was my own, not relating as such but definitely comprehending it enough to be able to empathise and I have to admit that I did cry along the way, at many points for various reasons – but the ending brought about a wave of ugly happy crying along with a torrent of feels as it was filled with pure hope, and I was happy that Romy finally managed to find it after all the anguish that her character went through.
I’ve read countless reviews of this book, written by women and girls who went through exactly the same thing as Romy did… each story seemingly different, but with similar aftermath. Rape (and rape culture) is a topic much unexplored by people in today’s society, it is a no-go topic; and victims almost always suffer in silence and I think that it really shouldn’t be that way. So to those lovely ladies who gathered up their courage to share their incredible stories, and to Courtney Summers of not being afraid to write books on taboo subjects with heroines who are a lot more than broken, but find their desire for life itself within the pages, I want to say a big thank you. Thank you for trying to correct the flaws in our society, and I hope that in many ways, you succeed.
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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