Review: All The Rage
Courtney Summers - All The RagePublished: April 14, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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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 removed a star. Because reasons.
Romy Grey is a loner. She also happens to be Enemy #1 of Sheriff Turner, but after getting sexually assaulted by his son, Kellan, she obviously couldn't give a shit. The Turners are a prestige family, and after Romy accuses Kellen of something so critical, the community alienates her, leaving her with zero support from her family and friends.
This story is twisted and tough and agonizing. I hated these people for Romy. Like, why be so cruel to her? Why? What did she do wrong? It was heart-wrenching to read. And what happened to Kellan? Was he sent to an international boarding school? Am I the only one who was dumbfounded by how he was such he was such a prominent mention in the blurb, but he was only mentioned once or twice in the actual book?
Leon, Romy's occasional boo, is nice. But that's all I can say about him. He's just nice. He wasn't bringing her soup or taking her on spontaneous fro-yo trips, so I wasn't exactly fanning myself over him.
I had three prime problems with the novel, though, which was why I downgraded my rating and I have to share them. Numerical order, because that's cool.
1. Penny was a great friend and Romy treated her like shit. Penny warned her not to go with Kellan, warned her not to go to the party at the lake and she did, anyway. If my best friend is telling me, "Don't touch the stovetop, you'll get burned." I'm not going to touch the stovetop.
2. Not really a problem. More of an observation. How was Sheriff Turner allowed to stalk Romy? Like, walk into her house, force her out of the car, and talk down to her family. I get, he's the lead officer and whatever, but I'd being suing. No way.
3. Brock was already gross. He would've probably continued to being gross, but he honestly had no reason to do what he did.
I was crazily fond of Caro, Leon's sister, and her misunderstood humor. Romy's mother and her boyfriend, Todd, too. Romy's trademark red lipstick and nail polish. Talk about a statement, right? One of my all-time favorite scenes in anything is undoubtedly Romy's nail routine. I do the Q-tip around the nail, too.
Courtney Summers knows how to rope you in. I finished this in one sitting and it's breathtaking in more ways than one. Definitely a read-at-your-risk.