Hi everyone! We are (finally) back after quite a long break! I hope you all had the most wonderful Christmas and New Year! I’d love to hear what everyone did over the Christmas holidays so please let me know in the comments!
Monisah and I were lucky enough, and so grateful, to go to New York over Christmas for our 18th birthday (how am I getting so old……….) we are planning on posting a blog post about our trip so hopefully (fingers crossed) we’ll actually get to post it!
So today I’ve got a review for Courtney Summer’s All the Rage, enjoy!
Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: 28th January 2016
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 this book from lovereading.com in return for an honest review, and like always this doesn’t affect my opinions at all!
This was such a poignant and powerful book to read. As I was reading a book that is based on such a strong topic, I was expecting something hard hitting. I got what I was expecting, but not in the same way I as I thought I would. There was nothing really mentioned on rape culture, and rape itself, in fact, I felt Romy (the main character) was actually quite insensitive to other rape victims. The focus of this book was actually the effect Romy’s experiences had on her character. She described her “old self” as another girl and it was quite sad to see how she had just thrown away all her ties to herself in the past.
The strong message of this book was shown through a very complicated but real character. I don’t actually know if I like Romy as a character… She was quite selfish and I felt as though she used a lot of the characters for her own benefit. However, she was dealing with a really difficult part of her life; she was out-casted by all of her neighbourhood, and she was frequently bullied in school, with no one to talk to. I did feel a lot of sympathy for her, and there were aspects of her characters I could relate to.
I did feel as though the beginning of the book was really confusing, it was jumping from “now” to “two weeks earlier” and I felt like it was quite unnecessary. Also, the smaller characters of the book were quite forgettable and I felt as though I had to keep flipping back chapters to re-read sections to remember the characters.
I am rating “All the Rage” 3.5/5. I felt that I learnt so much while reading it, and the ending definitely saved the book. It was very dramatic with lots of twists and I felt as though it almost turned into a sort of mystery? I would recommend this book to older readers, as I am quite a sensitive person and I did cry quite a lot as I was reading certain scenes.
Have you read anything similar to All the Rage? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you so much for reading!