Saturday, 5 May 2018

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Trigger Warning for this book:

“...he covers her mouth.

That’s how you get a girl to stop crying; you cover her mouth until the sound dies against your palm.”

Romy Grey (the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, with an alcoholic father and no money) was raped by the popular and good looking son of the local sheriff. When she tried to tell people what happened she is branded a liar and everyone turns against her. All her friends have not only abandoned her, but make her life hell (especially in the changing rooms) and she is bullied relentlessly all day, every day at school.

Sometimes she even believes that she would rather be dead then have gone through what she went through.

“I wish I didn’t have a body, sometimes.”

Then the night of a huge town party both Romy and Penny (her former friend and the golden girl at school) go missing. Romy is found and returned home by the police and Penny is not, the townspeople and students at school lash out at Romy, saying the police "wasted time" looking for her when they could be looking for Penny.

What we get next is an exciting mystery novel with an unreliable (but beautifully written) narrator as everyone tries to figure out what happened to Penny, and Romy tries to ignore what people are saying about her.

“My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl’s sport, but it’s not. It’s armor.”

This book is about the brutal reality of what it’s like to be a teenage girl in this day and age. It’s about being shamed by others who would rather believe that a girl is a liar, than to believe that someone (especially a boy that seems to have everything going right for him) could sink so low to do that to someone else. All the Rage will make you feel ALL the rage. It is honest, with startlingly real characters, and so many heartbreaking moments.

“I don’t know why it’s the girls who always seem to have to take on that kind of burden.”

- On April 14th, 2015, in celebration of the North American release of the novel All the Rage by Courtney Summers, the hashtag campaign #ToTheGirls launched. People were invited to send a personal message of support, encouragement and empowerment to girls across their social media accounts. #ToTheGirls was a resounding success; it went viral, trended worldwide on Twitter and was covered in many media outlets – (from the Tumblr page for #ToTheGirls).

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Catalogue link: All the Rage

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