Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blog Tour Review feat Giveaway- ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers!

Publisher- St. Martin's Griffin
Publication- April 14, 2015
Genre- Realistic YA
Source- E-ARC
Stars- 5

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About the Book:
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?

My Review:
"You know all the ways to kill a girl? God, there are so many."

You have it in your head that it can never happen to you. Until it does. Imagine no one believing you and calling you a liar. Unfortunately, this the norm and it's the kind of stuff that happens every single day. And to think, there are girls (even boys) out there suffering in silence, thinking they are alone. Because this horrible, disgusting thing called rape, happened to them. 'ALL THE RAGE' lives up to its name. I was so mad but most of all I was sad. So very sad. That something like this can happen... That the heroine of the story somehow deserved what she got. Because she pretty much asked for it, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong. It's not okay and it never will be.

This was such a realistic look on what happens after that terrible, disgusting word happens. Of how broken the victim becomes when a community fails hers. Why is it socially acceptable to slut-shame and act like a complete asshole when it comes to rape? In most cases victims don't say anything for the reason of nothing happening. Or like in All the Rage, people wouldn't believe you anyways no matter how loud you cried. It has to stop. No one deserves this. I think Courtney Summers has brought awareness to a horrible situation and I hope that as women, we can stand by and be there for one another. Especially in times such as these.

"But just because something’s sweet doesn’t mean it won’t push itself so far past anything you could call sweet anymore. And if it all starts like this, how do you see what’s coming?"

Romy Grey is a social outcast; a girl who cried rape. Only thing is, is that it happened and no one believes her because it was done by the town golden boy. He can do no wrong, obviously... And because his family is like royalty in their town, everyone follows suit in hate. It doesn't help that her father is the town drunk, making her even more of an outcast. But at least then, people could tolerate her. After the rape, she lost everything. Seeking solace in a diner outside of town. It's there she meets people her truly care about her; something she stopped believing she was capable of.

"How do you get a girl to stop crying? You cover her mouth."

I started the beginning of this book somewhat blind. Once I read a few pages and realized what kind of story this would be, I almost stopped. I could feel my heart rate go up and my hands start to shake. This was not going to be an easy read. But the writing was brilliant and I couldn't stop. I read until I was half way done, then I went to bed. I woke up, and started reading again because the book would not leave my head. I had to finish it. I had to know how this sad, broken girl's story would end. Add on a girl going missing and you have yourself a bit of mystery going on.

I thought the character development was spot on. I could feel all the pain Romy kept inside.  From the outside looking in, she'd appear to be put together but that's not how it is for her at all. What really hurt me was that she felt like she should deal with this alone. That no one could help her. And I totally get that. I used to be the same way but there comes a time when you should let go and trust those that DO love you. But in the end I see why she kept the world at arms length. 

The very last sentence of the very last page is absolutely the most powerful words of the whole entire book. To me it showed the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. It was hope. Overall, this is a story that won't ever leave me. It's been engraved in my heart. A powerfully written novel that demands to be read. 

"There are people with actual, real troubles out there and—” She grabs a stack of worksheets, and hands them over. “There are people who make trouble for themselves.”

*Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me with an ARC for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
COURTNEY SUMMERS was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. To date, she has authored five novels. Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published three more books–2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book, Some Girls Are, 2012 YALSA Quick Pick, Fall for Anything, and 2013 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book This is Not a Test. Her next projects are an e-novella, Please Remain Calm (a sequel to This is Not a Test) and a new novel, All the Rage, both out in 2015.

Comment below with your email and I'll choose a winner later tonight! One winner will receive an unsigned paperback of ALL THE RAGE. U.S. Only. Sorry. 


  1. This book sounds really good! Thanks so much for the chance!!

  2. This sounds like such a moving story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. This book sounds really good, plus really important.
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  4. Thank you for sharing your visceral reactions to a book addressing a serious topic. I surely will be similarly affected by this emotional read. How I wish we could eradicate rape culture, slut shaming, and domestic violence. I will continue to support organizations who work toward that goal.

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