This Week's Pick: All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: April 14th, 2015
In her hardcover debut, from the author of Cracked Up To Be and This is Not a Test, comes a powerful new young adult novel.
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 know technically I've already done All the Rage was a WoW pick, but it didn't have a cover AND the description has undergone major changes since then so I'm highlighting it again.)
Oh, guys. What do I even say? If you guys are regulars here (or follow my ridiculous thoughts on Twitter) you know Courtney Summers is my favourtie author. And you're going to be hearing me talk A LOT about All the Rage for the next seven-ish months. Because (besides the fact that it's my most anticipated release of 2015), I think it's important. This is going to be a tough novel to read, no doubt, but it's such an important subject to talk about. I think all of Courtney's books are so ridiculously important. They address subjects that are difficult to think about. Feature girls that are angry and hurt and strong and human. They break your heart with unflinching honesty and they are so utterly real. They're simply some of the best books I've ever read. I know All the Rage will be just as incredible.
Courtney Summers is also a super cool human and still speaks to me regularly despite my slight craziness about her books. I mean, seriously, the amount of fan-girl flails I have thrown in her direction the past few years is a bit insane but she seems totally cool with it. Which makes my tiny black heart very happy. (Also, that one time I met her and actually had a Mental Breakdown before saying 'hi' to her she was very sweet despite my, like, hyperventilation).
All the Rage is going to break me into tiny little fragile pieces but I absolutely cannot wait. Put this book on your TBR. You will not regret it.
What are you waiting on this week?
- Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
P.S. I'm hoping to host another Read-Along (in the same of the Courtney Summers Read-Along I hosted last year) for All the Rage! It's going to depend on my exam schedule, but I think I can manage. Keep your eyes here in early March for the official announcement!