ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘All The Rage’ by Courtney Summers.
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Title: ALL THE RAGE
Author: Courtney Summers
(Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: April 14th, 2015
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The Synopsis for ‘All The Rage’:
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?
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ for ‘ALL THE RAGE’ by Author Courtney Summers:
This was definitely an intense and gritty read even though it is categorized as a Young Adult Mystery novel because of the topics that are discussed and alluded to in ‘All The Rage.’ This is the first novel I’ve read from Author Courtney Summers and it had some suspenseful moments and was just slightly slower in some aspects which I’ll explain further into my review. Readers will be reading the story through the main female character Romy Grey’s P.O.V(point of view).
Seventeen year old Romy Grey was an average teen who attended high school and lived a typical lifestyle. That was until one night at a weekend party with classmates and people she thought she could trust, something happens that completely changes how she sees herself and how others treat her. She finally got to hang out with the guy she’s been crushing on, Kellan Turner who also happens to be popular and one of the son’s of the town’s Sheriff. No one would dare question or accuse someone like Kellan of anything horrible…and if they dared, it wouldn’t go well for the accuser.
Romy’s father was known as the town drunk but once he was out of the picture, Romy and her mother made a new home life with her mom’s old love. Things are better but what happened at that party still haunts Romy. Other students and people who never used to treat her bad begin to taunt her and make fun of her. No one believes what she believes happened. She buries it inside and hopes to forget it so she can move on. But that has become hard to do when everyone around her including Kellan’s brother Alek and his side-kick Brock are constantly harassing her and insinuating that she’s a liar and trash.
When one unlikely person finally asks Romy about the situation, it spins Romy’s world upside down. And to add insult to injury, she finds herself later that night risking her job and her safety again at a traditional annual party for her class. Drinking, partying and getting wild is expected but blacking out and waking up with horrible words written on her is not how it’s supposed to go. After that same night, the town’s most beautiful and well-liked student Penny goes missing. Could there be something that ties Romy’s horrible experiences to the now missing student?
The storyline had huge potential and in fact pulls you into wanting to see how things will unfold. I was invested into the story but something felt almost lacking but maybe it was because it was a YA story and some things can’t be thoroughly worded to meet that standard. I’m not sure. The characters were interesting but some just “dead-ended” and never really went anywhere like the strange guy Romy calls on the phone and it left me wondering what ever happened with Kellan? I guess it can all just be assumed. Romy concentrated so much on her red lipstick and red nail-polish that I guess she was obsessed over it was something she could control in her life. The story was good and I’m sure people who love a decent little YA thriller will appreciate this. It wasn’t a bad story, not at all but I just felt there was so much potential for it to dig deeper and pull out an even stronger storyline. Either way, it was still enjoyable. Check this one out if you are looking for a YA with a good amount of dark mystery and suspense.
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘ALL THE RAGE’ 3 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters of the “All The Rage”:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘ALL THE RAGE′★★★
Romy’s thoughts: It’s time for the annual seniors-only bash at Wake Lake, that one night of the year all the parents in town know their kids are getting trashed near the water doing what trashed kids near the water do. We came out of our mothers aware of this party. No amount of alcohol poisoning or unprotected sex or accident or injury will get in the way of this honorable Grebe tradition, this very important rite of passage.
Romy’s thoughts: My body speaks to my missing hours, but I don’t understand what it’s saying. I just need the night to come back, that’s all. Just one single night. Remember. Just let me remember. It’s there, inside me, and I only have to remember it.
Romy’s thoughts: The reason is I need him. I need him to get this ghost off me because I still feel her. I still feel her and I want her to stay dead.
Romy’s thoughts: I can outrun the boy in the truck bed and all the other boys he’s made in his likeness since, just because they could, just because no one said they couldn’t…
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