Welcome back to ALL THE RAGE APRIL! If you missed any of the posts from this month, check out the master list here! There have been so many incredible posts this month, and I'm truly grateful for everyone that has participated.
Today, my friend and fellow Ottawa Blogger Meaghan from Feeling A Little Bookish is here with a very personal guest review of All the Rage! I hope you'll check it out!
Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: Griffin Teen
Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Source: Borrowed ARC
Meaghan's Rating: 5/5
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? (Summary from Goodreads)
**Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault**
First of all, thank you Ciara for hosting me today on your blog.
Where do I start with this book? I think I should mention that before
this book I was a Courtney Summers book virgin. That's right, I had never
read one of her books despite Ciara raving about all things Summers.
This book had all the makings of a first time. It was uncomfortable at
times but it was so worth it. It was such a good read with such a good
The narrative of this story is one that will make you
uneasy reading about. It is about a girl who is raped and about the
fallout of this rape. It is also about a missing girl and how these two
events collide dramatically. The book is ripe with bullying and slut
shaming. I had a very difficult time reading this book because most of
the characters you encounter in this novel are so horrible. Romy is
bullied because she confides in someone that she was raped. The person
who raped her is far more popular than Romy and as a result she becomes a
social pariah. People treat her horribly and she is ostracized. Romy
feels shame, anxiety, and loneliness all because someone decided to take
what wasn't his. He decided that his need to overpower someone was more
valuable than their self worth and sense of security.
relate to this book is some ways more than others but it was very
touching. When I was in university I was date raped. It was not the
violent, pin you down kind of date rape that is commonly depicted. At
the time, I thought that this made a difference. Despite being violated
and despite feeling paralyzed and numb I thought that it was my fault.
That I could have somehow stopped it. That I should have fought back
more, been louder. I thought that because I was stupid enough to go back
to his house after one date and fool around with him that I sent mixed
signals. That my 'no' somehow looked like a 'yes'. I am a smart, educated
woman who heard all the time that rape is not the victim's fault yet I
still blamed myself. Did I report the incident? I sure didn't. I felt
ashamed and didn't tell many people at the time. I didn't allow myself
to cry after that night and even now I speak about it rarely. So, why
take a paragraph to write about this in a book review?
think that women cannot hear it enough that it is not the victim's
fault. So many women and girls who find themselves in this predicament
blame themselves and worry about the fallout. This book highlights how
difficult it is to be honest and open about sexual assault. It showcases that
there are still major changes that need to take place in our society.
Why do we pick apart women for what they wear, for how they may have
acted? Why do the perpetrators of these crimes seem more believable?
Changes need to happen because they are not happening soon enough.
think this a book that both boys and girls should read. It's
heartbreaking to see Romy go through her healing process. This book
doesn't try to gift wrap everything up with a nice bow. It's gritty, raw
and poignant and needs to be in the hands of all teens. Let's be
serious, I think most adults should read this book too. I will be
reading more of Courtney Summers this much I know for sure. This is a
definite 5 out of 5 stars.
Thank you, Meaghan for your brave post. I think it's really important to keep this conversation open, and I appreciate that you were willing to tell your story.
Stop by tomorrow for a guest post from another first-time Courtney Summers readers!
- Ciara (Lost at Midnight)