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April 15, 2018

I mean it. This is the most visceral reaction to a book that I have ever had. This is the most personal book review that I will ever write. Because there is nothing more personal than what I am about to tell you. If depictions of rape are triggers for you, back away now.

They say the devil’s in the details. I disagree.

Details are nothing more than the pieces of truth we choose to bring to light. Everyone knows the devil can’t abide the light. His kingdom is rooted in the shadowy realm of the unknown. His throne is built on lies. You can find him in the blank spaces in between the details. In those dark corners we don’t want anyone to see.

Courtney Summers understands this. She provides just enough illumination to cast long, dark shadows, allowing plenty of space for the devil to hide.

I don’t agree with whoever wrote the blurb for this book. It doesn’t do it justice. It oversimplifies. This book is not about the struggle of a young woman to find her voice and save others from suffering a fate similar to her own. Not really.

This book is about the brutal reality of what it’s like to be a teenage girl. It subtly details all the ways that rape culture pervades our everyday lives and manipulates us into perpetuating it.

It’s about how the voices and opinions of young girls are silenced, even by the “good guys”. It’s about how our thoughts and emotions are rendered invalid when someone with a penis contradicts us. It’s about how we turn on each other, because it’s easier to believe that someone is lying than it is to think that someone else you know did something unthinkable to that person.

It’s about what no one talks about; what happens to survivors of rape. How that act of violence defines you, sometimes for years afterward, even as you resist it. How even as a survivor, you still feel like a victim.

It’s about having your freedom stolen from you. Having your innocence ripped to shreds. Having your voice ignored. It’s about being dominated. Sublimated. Deconstructed down to body parts. It’s about hating those body parts afterward and resenting everything they represent.

It’s about hiding what you are. Clothing yourself in costumes and camouflaging yourself with makeup. Because if you look different, you are different. You’re not the girl that thing, that terrible thing happened to. You’re someone new. Someone different. Someone it might not happen to again.

It’s about questioning yourself. Silencing yourself. Being silenced by others, in ways so minute and insidious that you don’t even realize it’s happening. It’s about hopelessness. Loss. Shame. Terror.

This book isn’t about the light. It’s about the shadows. About the places the devil lurks.

It was those shadows I found myself drawn to while reading this. Those critical details of Romy’s story that Summers chose to obscure. Trouble was, I filled them with my own memories.

This is my story:

When I was 18, I was raped.

Up until that point I had lived a charmed life. I grew up in an affluent beach community. It was and still is a liberal bastion of tolerance and acceptance. Nothing bad ever happened there. At least not anything you talked about in public.

I had parents who loved me. Who didn’t force a traditional gender role upon me, but instead encouraged me to discover for myself who I was and what being female meant. They were well-educated hippies, aware enough of rape culture to start lecturing me at a young age on the importance of knowing my surroundings, of never taking a drink from a stranger, of avoiding dark alcoves and poorly lit parking lots.

I had a solid group of friends all through school, mostly male, but with two female friends so close we were called The Three Musketeers. I was athletic, pretty, and popular. I got voted best dressed in our yearbook, made the junior and senior prom courts, had so many friends I lost count, and was invited to every party.

One hot summer night shortly after graduation one of my friends’ older cousins blew into town. He was everything I’d been raised to believe in. A golden child. Handsome. Rich. Charming. The moment he walked into the room, I smiled.

There was just something about him that made him irresistible. It manifested itself in the way my female friends leaned toward him when he spoke. In the way my male friends threw him jealous glances.

His family had a summer cottage on the beach. After a night of club hopping, he invited us all back there.

I’d drank just enough to feel tipsy. I was in that brief phase of inebriation where everything is magical. It was then that he turned to me and slipped an arm around my waist. It was after midnight, and yet the sun came out and shone down upon me in that moment. I couldn’t believe he had signaled me out. I couldn’t believe I was so lucky.

He twined his fingers through mine and led me away from the others an hour later. The two musketeers I left behind sent me conspiratorial winks and ‘Go get em, Tiger’ looks over their red keg cups. I winked back and laughed.

When we reached his bedroom he closed the door behind us and pressed me against the wall. He was tall and muscular. Tall enough that he had to lean down to kiss me. Muscular enough that he easily lifted me by the hips when he got tired of that and instead pinned me to the wall.

I wrapped my legs around him, my head spinning, because I was a virgin, and this was the hottest moment of my life. Or was it because I had passed that magical point of inebriation and had crossed into the realm of intoxication?

I couldn’t tell, and at that point, I didn’t really care.

We made our way from the wall to the bed, where moonlight fell across the black sheets in long arcs of silver. He threw me down amongst them and covered me with his large body.

We made out some more. He took his pants off. My dress hit the floor soon afterward. We switched positions, and I left a trail of kisses from his chin to his boxers, lavishing every glistening, tanned ridge of muscle in between with attention.

He growled and flipped us, so that I was once again on bottom. Then his boxers came off. I wrapped a hand around him.

It was when he started to slip my panties off and angled himself toward the apex of my thighs that I balked. I realized what his endgame was. Sex. I hadn’t been thinking sex. Because I wasn’t in the habit of having it. I had been thinking oral. Should have voiced that sooner, I guessed. My bad. I quickly amended my mistake.

“Oh, no. I’m not going to have sex with you,” I told him. I smiled then, attempting to dull the rejection. “Let’s switch. Let me go down on you.”

He didn’t smile back. His entire mood changed. I felt it happen even before his lips turned down in a frown. Violence crept into the bedroom with us, wrapped its cold fingers around my heart and squeezed.

I shook it off. I rejected the instinct that screamed at me that something wasn’t right. I rationalized it away as an overreaction. Because fifteen people were in the next room playing flip cup and beer pong. He wouldn’t dare do something terrible to me with so many potential witnesses.

His frown disappeared as quickly as it had emerged, replaced by a megawatt smile that lit the room up. He leaned down and kissed me again, stealing my breath away.

And then he did something terrible to me.

Like I said, the devil is in the blank spaces, isn't it? And I could fill those in for you. I could tell you the horrific thing he said to me when I bled the evidence of my virginity away, the words I still hear in my nightmares. But I'll let you fill in the blanks, because then you'll understand just what you're getting yourself into with this book.

The point is. None of this should have happened.

I was safe. My friends were right outside the door.

It shouldn’t have happened.

I did everything right.

It shouldn’t have happened.

But it did.

Because in the end, nothing had prepared me for this.

All my parents’ lessons couldn’t have prevented me from freezing, because though they had taught me to do everything right leading up to this moment, they hadn’t taught me what to do when someone ignored me.

They didn’t tell me what to do when someone covered my mouth to silence my whimpers of, “No, please stop.”

They didn’t warn me about the crippling shame. The embarrassment.

They didn’t tell me that I should scream. That I should fight.

Rape culture had filled in these blanks.

Rape culture had taught me how to be the perfect victim.

And where my parents’ lessons ended, rape culture stepped in to fill the blanks.

My parents had taught me how to avoid becoming a victim. But society taught me how to become the perfect victim when someone victimized me.

That night, society won.

The next morning I slipped out the door while everyone slept. I drove home in the pre-dawn light, with tears streaming down my face and blood coating the inside of my thighs.

It took me a full month to admit to myself that I’d been raped, another two weeks before I drunkenly confessed this to my friends. I could tell by their looks that they didn’t want to hear it. No, don’t tell us this terrible thing. He was nice. He was beautiful. He wouldn’t do what you’re saying.

I didn’t stick around long enough for their thoughts to make their way to their mouths. Unlike Romy, the main character in this story, I was free. I had graduated. I came from money. I had savings in the bank. And I took that savings and used it to MOVE OUT OF THE FUCKING COUNTRY.

That’s how far away I had to get. It wasn't far enough.

But Romy is stuck, and this book depicts everything that might have happened to me had I stuck around. The shock of others, the disbelief, the blaming, the shaming, the hatred.

This book shows you what happens when you speak up. What happens when you stick around after you speak up. So pay attention. When you think the story drags, look closer. Peer deeper at that random bit of dialogue you think could have been cut in the editing process, because I promise you, it’s there for a reason.

It’s showing you something. A glimpse into the life of a survivor.

How impossible it seems that you’ll be believed when you tell someone you’ve been raped. Because when you get tripped by a guy in track and it’s his word versus yours, they believe his. Because when you tell someone a person got in your face they tell you you’re overreacting.

And this is from the “good guys”.

I’m speaking up about my own story because of Romy. Because though she might be fictional, so many other women’s stories aren’t. My own included.

We need to talk about this.

We need to change our society.

We need to stop teaching girls how to be victims.

We need to stop teaching boys how to victimize us.

And we need to do it now.

Because one out of three women reading this knows exactly what I went through.

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1,993 reviews298k followers
May 17, 2015
You know all the ways you can kill a girl?
God, there are so many.

This story... these characters... those words... Courtney Summers has done it again.

I don't think, on the whole, I am a person who is afraid of much. I'd even go so far as to say I have a somewhat reckless, risk-taking personality at times. But I am scared of a few things... you want to know what one of my biggest fears is? Telling the truth and having no one believe me. Honestly, I think that's truly terrifying. Knowing you're being honest, knowing what you know, and being powerless to do anything about it. That's the first reason this book affected me so much.

What I mentioned above is a running theme behind the scenes of this story, but Summers incorporates many other elements that she excels at. For one, the author has an incredible understanding of teen girl politics - as shown previously in Some Girls Are. I should mention this book is nasty, graphic and contains some coarse language, but I guess that's high school for you.

…how can you put something so golden, a girl who can barely open her eyes or her mouth - how can you put something like that in front of them and expect them to be better people?

Summers' writing improves with every book she releases, writing scenes with words that manage to somehow be beautiful and horrific at the same time. But most of all, she has a talent for getting inside the thoughts, feelings, worries and insecurities of teenage girls. She paints unlikable characters and still breathes humanity into them, something that so few authors can do successfully.

As well as all of this, All the Rage also looks at small town life and the alliances that can exist within small communities of people. It makes it easy for your crimes to be overlooked if you're friends with the right people, or be called a liar if you're not.

I want to explain to you why I think her books are so different from other YA "issue" novels that deal with angsty teens, but it's difficult to do without just pushing one of her books into your hands. I guess there's something very raw, painful and honest about her stories that still steers clear of emotional manipulation. Even the characters we are supposed to find sympathy for are complex and flawed in their own way. I like that.

I hope she writes more soon because, as you may have guessed, I'm an unapologetic fangirl.

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1,606 reviews5,991 followers
April 7, 2015
Unpopular opinion time:

The blurb of this book says The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact.
The thing is....we never meet Kellan Turner in this book.

The book starts after Kellan Turner rapes Romy. (That is not a spoiler)

This is the after effects of Romy's story. It begins with her using her nail polish and lipstick as armor against the hate from the small town that she lives throws at her. She accused the sheriff's precious son of rape. *gasp*
Nothing happens to him at all.

She is shunned at school so she builds up walls around herself. Never telling anyone what happened. Never talking about anything. Her mom tries to help but Romy has shut everyone out.

The Bad:
The story jumps from NOW until TWO WEEKS LATER, but didn't really keep the storyline straight for me. I was confused with what was happening most of the time. I kept thinking things would clear up later in the book but for me it never really did.

The main character Romy. I didn't care for her. I just didn't get enough of a sense of her personality that I never formed an attachment to her. I should have. In a book of this type you SHOULD rage for that girl. Every-time she would have something bad happen it seemed like she just made things worse for herself. Then she would never explain anything to anyone so it just became one big cluster fuck. I know that she had been traumatized and wasn't thinking straight but it was just too much for me.

She has somewhat of a love interest in the book. I don't think it added to the story at all. It actually took away from it. She was so traumatized that a boy should not have entered into the picture yet.

I wanted to feel more for these characters. This book has bullying even of her mom's boyfriend who is disabled due to a car accident. The townspeople openly mock him for being lazy. Then the whole thing with Romy should have had me furious. It just didn't.
There is girl on girl hate........

and through it all I just kept waiting on the story to really start.

Now for the good:
The book does have a powerful message and the writing is good. I love Courtney Summers so don't go thinking I'm hating on her. I'm not.

The story line of a girl being shunned for accusing a popular boy of rape. This happens. The stories need told.
Stick up for your women/girl sisters people! Even you guys.

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251 reviews25.1k followers
August 3, 2018
:::5 Stars::: Utterly gripping!

Even better than expected and, after loving Some Girls Are, my expectations were set pretty damn high.

There are writers who tell stories, and then there are those who give their stories a pulse. All The Rage felt alive, and every breath it took was jagged, labored, and suspenseful.
You know all the ways there are to kill a girl? I do.

Courtney Summers knows how to captivate her readers by constructing some of the most flawed characters I’ve come across and boldly placing them in gravely unfortunate circumstances. Yet nothing ever feels over-the-top or put-on.

Her writing has a smooth and natural flow, and maintains an air of sophistication even through its most brutal descriptions. Her beautifully constructed stories beg to be not only read, but emotionally digested. I’ve grown smitten with this author’s unique prose and find myself inhaling her words as easily as air.

The subject matter in this book is dark and intense, dealing largely with rape, abuse, bullying, and all the messy aftermaths. These aren’t spoilers, they are the direct driving forces of this plot. These areas, although vivid and intense, are handled with taste.

Romy’s anguish was so incredibly raw and real, I felt like I’d somehow swallowed some of it. She suffered a gut-wrentching tragedy and is forced to keep it buried inside—festering and intensifying—because no one has the decency or courage to believe her. Inside herself is where she’ll hide, until she can no longer keep the agony contained.

Although we do gain enough finality, every outcome in this story is not tidy and complete—offering more insinuation and hope, instead. There were a couple areas I would've liked to have seen further explored, but overall, this book was beyond fantastic. (And I guess I became greedy by wanting more.)

Courtney Summers’ stories have the “Young Adult" vibes of Gillian Flynn novels, as well as Liane Moriarty’s—which are every bit as powerful and twisted, and seem to peel back the layers of life until only the importance of survival remains.
No, I’m not there … That was a long time ago…and that girl—I’m not her again. I can’t be. I’m in the dirt. I’m on my hands and knees and I’m crawling in it, what I came from. I don’t remember standing, don’t remember ever being a thing that could stand.

If you’re a fan of fast-paced YA thrillers—heavy on the suspense, lighter on the romance—DON’T let this one pass you by…
My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl’s sport, but it’s not. It’s armor.

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▪  Genre/Category: Thriller/YA
▪ Romance: Takes back seat to plot, but present.
▪  Characters: Broken. Very well fleshed out and believable.
▪  Plot: Surrounds a young girl who quietly suffers a tragedy until she can no longer be silenced. Mystery/suspense
▪ Writing: Superb! Witty, quick, and intense. Fabulous descriptions.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪  Cliffhanger: None/Standalone
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676 reviews1,397 followers
August 17, 2022
All the Rage is constantly being compared to Speak and here's what I have to say about that... The two books both about the effects and aftermath of rape and this is where the similarities stop. Speak is a book I personally think should be required high school reading while ATR is a novel I could have gone without reading. It didn't pack the punch or have the impact on me that Speak did.

The first thing I want to mention right away is that the summary for ATR is a bold face lie! "Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is..." Kellan isn't even in the story! He's not even a character in the book!!! He is barely even talked about... Second "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"; she's branded a liar because she is a liar. No, she didn't lie about being raped, but that's basically the only thing she doesn't lie about. Third I'm pretty sure the place she works is still in town! Whoosh, sorry had to get that off my chest. I'll actually talk about Romy now. I hated her! Hated everything about her. Romy is kind of a dick. She is a loner because most of the school hates/bullies her. I completely get that that at school she might need that Super B front put up, but Romy was a dick to people she even liked. Her mom, her kind of boyfriend, coworkers, you name them she was a jerk to them. She has no personality and I felt it very hard to relate to her as a character. She is also one of the most bland characters I've ever read. Even moments when she could have shed even the lightest bit of personality she doesn't. I know she's suppose to be angry, sad, and depressed but come on she doesn't have to be boring too. I think her biggest problem is that she has no development. Also I know her name is Romy, but I kept calling her Romney... which made me think of that episode of New Girl where Schmidt pretends to be related to Mitt Romney, so I had a hard time saying her name or taking it seriously throughout the book.

ATR has no real plot. The plot it does have is all over the place. Summer's writing style is both choppy and confusing. The story starts with the "Now"-which turns about not really to be the now-then goes to two weeks earlier, which doesn't read as if it's two weeks earlier. I had to actually re-read the first three chapters because I was so confused about the timeline. Then closer to the end goes back to the now-which is actually now the now (lol). It just doesn't read well what so ever. I think the story would have read better if the events just went in order and didn't flip flop back and forth. ATR is suppose to be a story about a girl who is raped and how life is for her after, but it's more like a story about a girl just going about her day(s). No seriously, it's just a book about Romy sometimes going to school, sometimes going to work, and most the time just being rude. It just doesn't really go into details and the emotional level and depth just isn't reached. People warned me about the mature themes and language... Yes, there is some profanity but nothing over the top, and the mature themes are nothing we haven't read before. Trust me when I say this wont be why it's hard to read.

Besides the huge problems with the characters and plot I also had a huge problem with the moments that should of had big reveals... Romney is bullied at school-plot builds builds builds- then falls flat. She gets super smashed at a party- plot builds builds builds-nothing happens. Girl goes missing- plot build builds builds- no surprise happens. It's just all these random things thrown together that you expect to come together at the end and they just don't. All the Rage is a book I feel is way to overhyped. It's choppy, confusing, dull, and will give you nothing but dead ends. "With a shocking conclusion" that will leave you very disappointed. Your best bet is to go into this book with no expectations that way you wont be letdown.
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709 reviews114 followers
August 14, 2022
I was a rape victim. And believe me when I say, announcing this to all of you anonymous faces over the internet is very scary, especially when I’ve told less than five people until this day. But writing a book review about All the Rage wasn’t enough. I need to convey to people in some way, that this book is a monumental movement that captures so much of the trauma forced on girls, even in this day and age. Romy’s story, while much crueler than mine, still resonated so deeply with me because of the shared feelings: body shame, blaming ourselves, depression, denial, the list goes on. And not just feelings I shared with Romy, but cruel, unfair feelings that one in four girls will experience. Romy’s story is one of a girl who was victimized, and because of the lack of support, the bullying, the inability to cope, she had developed a hatred for herself that runs so deep, it would’ve destroyed her in the end. And this is the state of the world, even worse in places outside of my own country. All the Rage is not for the faint of heart. It’s real, raw, gritty, completely and brutally honest as it examines the treatment of women today, from general abuse, to sexual assault, to sometimes even worse consequences. It’s not a pretty book, but it’s the truth that a lot of people don’t want to face.

All the Rage’s main character is just a snap shot of what it could be like for millions and millions of women, and what it is for many. It’s deftly written, honest, with startlingly real characters, and so many strong statements that it’s painful but also enlightening to read. This book put feelings into words that I’ve struggled with since I was a victim. I haven’t read a book with such an honest and important portrayal of these issues since Laurie Halse Anderon’s Speak. This book is more important to me, and could be to many others, than I could possibly put into words. It can help victims cope and put things to words, it can help others sympathize and understand, and it could help people make the movement towards fixing these issues. This book is an ugly, painfully honest portrayal of the struggles of more women than we can ever know, but maybe if people see the stark reality, we can make it better.
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Author 7 books25.6k followers
August 12, 2021
No sé cómo sentirme con este libro. No sé cómo puntuarlo. Estoy absoluta y completamente vacía. Quiero gritar y romper cosas, quiero llorar y no moverme nunca más.
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Author 6 books13.7k followers
April 12, 2021
“You know all the ways you can kill a girl?

God, there are so many.”

This book hurts. It's like an open wound, oozing and burning. It needs a lot of stitches. And while this book alone won't heal the life-threatening wound that is rape culture, it might hopefully open people's eyes.

I am glad that All the Rage doesn't romanticise the harsh reality of rape and the trauma and struggle it leaves behind in a world that blames a rape victim for being raped in the first place. A world where we show compassion to someone whose life might be ruined because they are being accused of rape, instead of giving it to the person whose life has been ruined already. A world where "boys will be boys", a world where we shut our eyes and ears to injustice.
All the Rage made me furious but it also gave me hope. Whenever I read books like Courtney's, my faith in YA fiction is restored. Her stories are ugly because they are true, they hurt because they are brave, they are important because they are powerful and give a voice to so many that have gone unheard before.
While I enjoy cute, funny, feelgood YA, my favourite books in this age group are those that empower. Books that educate teens and young adults, books that lend comfort and strength, books that don't underestimate them but empower them to speak up. All the Rage is that book. Loud, feminist, real.

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September 10, 2015
Trigger Warning: Rape

My finger has hovered over the delete button for a few minutes now, and decided to leave that warning, despite the fact that my attacker gave me no such courtesy.

I am a statistic.

I am a percentage.

I am a warning story.

“When I was sixteen I was raped.” Put like that, it sounds really simple doesn’t it? I woke up one morning an innocent girl who had never been, and the next I was a girl who had been. Raped. How can five letters change your entire life?

In every possible way, I assure you.

All The Rage isn’t my story - it’s Romy’s - but it is close enough to my story to cause anguish. To press against those moments that still feel like they own me, in a way, sometimes.

I didn’t rage reading this book, I broke. I broke in all the places that I hide myself, that I’ve hid myself... for years. All the half-finished sentences, the thoughts that are just too much. What it feels like to not feel alone in your own body, to HATE that body. To have no fucking tears left but to be unable to stop miming the tears, dry-eyed and afraid of what comes next. What do you do after you STOP crying? How do you move past that moment?

All The Rage is the story of Romy’s afterwards. And it was a painful read for me, but a necessary one. It tells the story of a girl who has been forced to deal with ‘the afterwards’ and it is horrifying. How the filth of one person’s action can stain EVERYTHING. A touch becomes unwelcome. A conversation... a chore. A cute boy, TERRIFYING.

I can’t figure out the kind of heart it takes to do something like this.

I will never understand why my rapist did what he did, and neither will Romy. And that is, arguably, the hardest part.

Summers did an interesting thing in All The Rage, she introduced a love-interest (and man I hissed all over the page when he showed up, guys, those pages are COVERED in saliva) to our main character. A nice boy, who really liked her. However, he didn’t heal her. He broke her in new, disastrous ways.

The ways ‘the boy after’ broke me.

And this is one of those things that isn’t talked about, that should be. What it feels like to NOT be threatened by a boy and feel even more threatened. To be stained by your past so that you check his face for signs of that filth that permeates every breath, every kiss, every move. To feel ashamed of your own skin and horrified by a person who may want to touch it.

I know I can be faster than this, I know I can be faster than this. I can outrun the boy in the truck bed. I can outrun the boy in the truck bed and all the boys that made themselves in his likeness just because they could, just because no one said they couldn’t…

This was one of the hardest books I have ever read. This is a book that NEEDS to be read.

And one of the reasons why, is that when I tell my story I STILL hear “Well, you must have DONE something...”.

I know it’s impossible to talk about. I know that it feels like it needs to hide in the shadows where no one can see it. I know what it feels like to be ashamed that this happened to me BUT I SHOULDN’T. I SHOULDN’T feel shame. We need to bring these stories into the light, with the other crimes, where they BELONG.

1 in 3 women know how I feel. 1 in 33 men do too. THOSE NUMBERS ARE TOO HIGH!!!!!

Talk to someone, PLEASE!

Category: A Book That Scares You

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1,051 reviews1,050 followers
September 8, 2016
3.5 stars

By now, I’ve already read almost all of Courtney Summers books and it is no secret how I am a huge fan of her writing and the risks she takes when writes her stories. She reveals naked ugly truths (thanks for the term, Aunt CoHo) about people in her stories with assertion and undeniable truthfulness and for these things; my salute goes to her (always).

But even though she wrote dark stories in the past including an apocalyptic duology with zombies in it, I think All the Rage is her darkest novel yet. It turns out I had good reasons all along by trying to avoid this book the longest time possible because (damn!), that was a seriously heavy read. I know I vowed to keep myself away from cheesy romances with happy endings but after reading this book, I think I’d gladly go back to those comfort books.

I emotionally and physically suffered through the story, at the sadness and grimness of the tone and the unkindness of the people. I don’t understand why people would commune to aim for something really bad but it is a really sad and ugly fact that it does happen. People could do really ugly things. The entire narrative wasn’t easy to read either because it seems a bit disjointed at times and there were certain places I’m not sure I’m reading a present event or a past.

And yet despite the challenges I went through during the entire reading experience, I am once again thankful for yet another eye-opening novel that courageously takes on an issue most of us would rather avoid and develops it into a believable story, perhaps not that of a hero’s or a survivor’s story but of someone broken and lifeless and how she in spite of it all tries to keep moving on, how she could still have the strength to simply breathe and do the usual things she was supposed to do even after losing herself.

In retrospect, she IS a survivor and even though there weren’t real resolutions to the conflicts in the story like most Summers books, it ends with a tiny sliver of hope to the characters and to the reader and that little hope is all it really takes to make us believe that the good could still prevail.

To Ate Holly (September 9) and Vane (September 19), [You can check out their brilliant reviews by clicking on their names]

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605 reviews1,204 followers
June 24, 2020
4.5 "heartbreaking, devastating, unflinching" stars !!

2016 Honorable Mention Read

Romy could be your best friend or sister or cousin or daughter. Romy may have had a similar story to your mama, or auntie or even granny. Romy also has many male counterparts and perhaps this is your buddy, sweetheart, brother, uncle or papa. Think of all the people you hold dear to you and think of the secrets they may have never shared. One of them could be rape, sexual assault or molestation. Let this truth hit you, let it sink in, that somebody had the audacity, the cruelty, the sadism to hurt somebody that you love so very much. To humiliate them, violate them and perhaps turn them into a ghost or shadow.

Perhaps this has happened to you.

This is one narrative of millions. It is Romy's story and it tore my heart out, made me feel so very sad and like the title says full of rage.

Romy is

....a young woman hardly more than a child
...working class poor
....a social pariah
....bullied by the girls and harassed by the boys
....has lost all her friends
....wants to love but feels she is a shell
.....suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder
....likely has a horrible future

A book so very powerful, realistic, gritty and raw. An important story that should not be lost among others. Reach out and help your hurt sisters and brothers. Love them.

Bring perpetrators to justice. No leniency. They make choices to hurt others and it is not acceptable or OK.

Thank you Ms. Summers for this powerhouse of a story.
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595 reviews3,587 followers
January 11, 2021
3.5 stars

Cynical Natalie: ...

Nice Natalie: ...

Cynical Natalie: Well, we're not going to get anything done by staying quiet, so I'll start: All The Rage is not worth the hype.

Nice Natalie: ...

Cynical Natalie: Well? Aren't you going to get up all in my face and say it's a scarily accurate book about rape and feminism and completely aligns with our values?

Nice Natalie: I'm trying to disassociate myself. So when the mob comes, I won't be implicated.

Cynical Natalie: Coward. Fine, I'll do the talking. All The Rage manipulates readers like The Fault in Our Stars. You get all sad and moved because it's a book about a rape victim (or cancer kids) and feel like you have to like it despite its flat characters and confusing narrative.

Nice Natalie: The characters weren't flat!

Cynical Natalie: I thought you weren't getting involved?

Nice Natalie: Yeah, but I'm not going to sit here and let you bash it like that. (Cynical Natalie: Kitty's grown teeth) We've no right to dictate how a rape victim should react or feel, but I thought Romy was a very good representation of someone trying to pick up the pieces in a world where no one believes her. She just seems flat because she's numb inside.

And the side characters are really diverse. You got a black love interest, whose personality bleeds off the page; a mom who's actually prominent; and a disabled stepfather/male parental figure.

Cynical Natalie: Please, the protagonist in Wintergirls was likewise dead inside and we loved the hell of that novel. Romy, not so much. No sparks at all.

Sorry, Taylor, not this time.

And need I remind you diverse characters doesn't mean an auto-five-star? You could parade the cast of Glee and The Wiz in a book and I wouldn't give a damn unless the story or character personalities were compelling. Diversity is supposed to be a given, not a checklist.

Nice Natalie: I still think we're being too harsh. All The Rage represents everything we love: feminism, a rape victim getting over trauma through her own means and not True Love, feminism, the stunning reality of a rape victim, feminism... We practically wanted to highlight the whole book!

"He waits. He waits because he's a nice boy. He's on the football team. His father is the sheriff and his mother sits at the top of a national auto supply chain and they are both so proud.

He waits until he can't wait anymore."

"My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl's sport, but it's not. It's armor.

"When the world wants a girl gone, she’s gone."

Cynical Natalie: I concede the quotes are beautiful and real and yadda, yadda, yadda, but I stand by what I said: All The Rage is sheer, genius manipulation. It's feminist fodder.

Nice Natalie: Now you've basically insulted everyone on Goodreads.

Cynical Natalie: Eh, they'll get over it. So 3.5 stars?

Nice Natalie: ...Sure.

Cynical Natalie: Why are you edging towards the door?

Nice Natalie: 'Cause I hear pounding footsteps and don't want to get blood on my new dress.

Cynical Natalie: Don't be such a wi—ARGH!

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If I Stay
Dreams of Gods & Monsters
The Martian
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
The Fault In Our Stars
Catching Fire
An Ember In The Ashes
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
The Hammer of Thor
The Ship of the Dead
The Last Namsara
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990 reviews6,356 followers
November 1, 2014
This is some terribly gritty stuff! This story revolves around a rape, and soon enough, you can add in a girl's disappearance. So yes, this book is harsh, and Summers tackles it head-on with her immensely poignant writing style. She has a way of dissecting her characters until you can't help but feel just as lost, just as completely broken as they are. I was honestly emotionally and psychologically confused for much of this novel. This book also touches on one of today's biggest challenges with gender violence - society's disbelief and victim blaming. Especially when the accused is the son of a prominent town figure. Stories like this are, sadly, the reality for many girls in our own world.

With that said, this is not a story to tread lightly. This is not the book you pick up when you want a light read, or even just a diversion. This book will make you feel uncomfortable. It will put you into the skin of a girl who feels dirty, filthy… dead. It's not the kind of novel where you will connect with the character in the way one might expect. How can you connect with someone who's so broken, she doesn't even feel worthy of living? Instead, you become one with her. You become one, and you hope against all hope that she gets through this seemingly impossible hurdle - if it can even be called that. In other words, she's a character who forced me to stay at arm's length emotionally, if only to protect my sanity, while still drawing me entirely into her psyche. This girl does not only bear the weight of an assault, she also has to deal with being the school pariah. The person who "cried rape" while her peers bully and mock her for "wanting attention". What's worse is you can glimpse at what a wonderful person Romy truly is… or was. You can see that she is kind, caring, and only wants a freaking break! She harbors so much fear and mistrust, that she can't even see when someone good finally comes around.

Leon is the light at the end of this tunnel, and I was glad that even though she doesn't see it, he brings at least a little bit of warmth to her life - to this book. I was so happy to see him not give up so easily, realizing that this isn't the real her, something is eating her up inside. Furthermore, there's her mom and step-dad who are both there for her, present at just the right times. Similarly, her job at the diner and this work dynamic is a welcome change from the isolation. It sort of becomes a safe haven for her and I loved that. When we're not focusing on Romy's internal struggles, the plot follows the disappearance of the only girl who gave Romy the benefit of the doubt. It's not a plot that ended up surprising me - even though I didn't guess every detail of what transpired, it's easy to predict the bigger picture. However, this story is more about what happened to Romy, than what's happening presently. It's about her finding the strength to at least try. As expected - having read Summers' books before - the ending is somewhat open ended, though full of hope. It's realistic, but I can't say I didn't wish for more. Like a short "one year later" prologue. But that's the thing with her books, you need to know her characters to be okay, so these somewhat open endings, while appreciatively realistic, can feel very abrupt.

All the Rage is raw to the bone. It's painful, bitter, heartbreaking, and incredibly important. Summers has been an auto-buy for me from the very first page of hers I ever turned. She's a powerful storyteller, and she has done it again!

An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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509 reviews2,413 followers
September 1, 2018
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Essential Items When Reading All the Rage:

1. One stress ball (two could work, but you'll need your other hand to flip pages. Duh.) - This book will make you so angry at how horrible some people can be. You'll want to scream, kick a brick, bite the head off a gummy bear... You get my point. The stress ball will help during these moments.

2. A box of tissues - I don't know about the next guy, but this book made me tear up. You'll cry because you're going to want the best for the main character, but maybe she doesn't always get it. Maybe she'll be broken, and so will you. Just maybe.

3. A couch with fluffy cushions and/or your bed - This is important for when you're done reading the book. You're going to need a good place to lie down and think about life and how much you loved this book. Trust me, it's essential.

All the Rage Preparation Checklist (AKA Fabulous Things to Be Excited about):

1. An admirable protagonist--check. Romy's been through (and is still going through) a lot of shit in her life, and she feels that she believes what the people say: that she'd be better off dead. Despite that, Romy kept moving on. She's such a broken girl, a mix of your favorite and most despised characters all in one, which is just the way I like it. You guys are going to root for this one, for sure.

2. An honest story--check. Sometimes people lie. But sometimes people tell the truth. And sometimes, people don't believe them. You're not going to love all of the characters in this book. In fact, you're going to loathe a lot of them, but for all the right reasons. You're going to hate people for being so close-minded and judgmental. You're going to hate them for not giving other people a chance.

3. A fabulous mystery--check. Not sure if you got the memo, but this book has murder in it too. Okay, maybe you'll see the twist coming once we get closer to the big reveal, but every page will keep you on your toes. YOU CAN'T TRUST ANYONE, OKAY?

4. A beautiful family--check. I just love Romy's parents! They're attentive to Romy, and they really do want what's best for her. Plus I totally love how her mom and step-dad are super cute together. (I'd totally read a spin-off about them. Courtney, I hope you can see my uncontrollable winking!)

5. A sweet romance--check. I was not expecting this to have a romance (you'll get why when--when, not if--you start this), but I was pleasantly surprised by it! Leon was such a fantastic love interest. He was sweet, caring, and best of all, really considerate of Romy's situation.

6. All the feels--check. Anger. Swoons. Depression. Joy. This book has it all, folks.

So the gist of this review is that YOU NEED TO BUY THIS BOOK, AND YOU NEED TO BUY IT NOW. Or else I won't let you ride my magical pony.
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806 reviews3,838 followers
February 15, 2018

wow, im destroyed. this is fantastic.



it's time for a courtney summer's marathon reread, folks, i can't wait to get my heart punched again by ms. summers

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757 reviews2,349 followers
February 21, 2018
3.5 stars but rounded up to four because this book doesn't deserve less than 4. Honestly, I'm still confused and it was a little meh but it was also powerful and left me a little shook.

Rtc maybe but honestly my feelings are just akdhskbdksd.

I can't believe I haven't read every Courtney Summers book out there. I'm a fake fan. :((


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1,406 reviews11.7k followers
March 28, 2016
Finally a YA novel worth reading!

Very angry, very painful, very real look at the current rape culture and victim blaming.
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290 reviews319 followers
March 25, 2015
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"...and how do you get a girl to stop crying?

You cover her mouth.

I won't tell you anything about this story because I want you guys to have the whole experience for yourself. BUT. I would tell you how this story made me feel.

I am no wordsmith and this was one of those times that I wished I was so I can tell you guys how fantastic this book was for me. This freaking ripped my heart out in tiny pieces and then it wasn't still satisfied so it stomped at it so many times after that.

This book made me angry for a lot of reasons. As I'm typing this, I'm shaking because I'm still freaking enraged. The people, God. I can't believe this thing is happening right now but I sort of do, too, because that's how messed-up this world is today. People blamed the victim of rape because maybe she liked it, maybe she brought all of this to herself, right? Also. if somebody is well known and popular, he's not freaking capable of assault right? WRONG.

"It doesn't go down easy, this proof of being loved."

Then, the victim started seeing the world in a wrong new light. She can't even believe she's worthy of being loved. She even hates that she has a body and a functioning heart because what good did it do to her? She feels she's better off dead. And this was what hurt me the most. When you say "No", it's NO. No matter how much you liked that person, when you say stop, they should STOP or else that's freaking rape.

"You're not better off dead."

The writing was so powerful, engaging and incredible that I feel like I couldn't go to the next pages fast enough.I wish there was more though. I wish for a lot of things, mainly to know about what happens after everything. But I can't really complain because this novel as it is was more than enough to gut me.

This book was phenomenal. I know I can't give it enough praise that it so hugely deserved through my words but I guess making you guys read this wonderful masterpiece is enough. So bye guys, I'm going to gush about this now on Twitter.

P.S. This was my first read from Courtney Summers and I'm certain it'll not be the last. This author can bring out my freaking emotions and I wonder if her other books was also as good as this one. Pre-order this book now!

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4,744 reviews1,305 followers
March 15, 2015
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)

“His hands are everywhere and he’s a vicious weight on top of her that she can’t breathe against so she cries instead, and how do you get a girl to stop crying?
You cover her mouth.”

I have to say that this book is aptly named; because boy did I feel rage!

I felt so sorry and angry and frustrated for poor Romy in this story. Not only had she gone through one of the most terrible things that a woman could possibly experience, she then had to deal with her classmates calling her a liar and bullying her, and even the local police force calling her a liar and belittling her.

"He said my son raped your daughter."
"Of course, no one believes it."

The storyline in this really got me angry. At every turn it seemed like someone was doing or saying something unnecessarily cruel to poor Romy, and the way things were held against her, the way she was bullied, and the way she was generally treated like trash just really annoyed me. Rage was definitely what I was feeling, and life was just so unfair to Romy.
The murder mystery was almost a secondary storyline in this, but it was good, and it was right to have it there to keep the story interesting.

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There was a little bit of romance in this, but not a lot, and it wasn’t really necessary.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I really hope that Romy’s life will improve from here in.
7.5 out of 10
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492 reviews2,124 followers
March 3, 2015
The title could not be any more appropriate. If ever there were a time when I was very close to transforming into a She-Hulk, it would be while reading this book. But don't get me wrong - I didn't want to actually smash it to a million pieces; rather, I wanted to go inside the book and punch several awful characters many, many times due to how disgusting and sickening their narrow-minded mentalities were. 

This book might just be the most realistic portrayal of the awfulness of rape culture and victim-blaming. Both of these things make me very mad, having seen people actually blame victims of rape for what happened to them, and this book did just that. It made me  RAGE. It made me angry, and sad, and so confused at how people can be so nasty to others who are already so down and miserable. To think there used to be a time back in my childhood years when I naively thought the world was made of rainbows and butterflies, when the contrary is ever more true today. I'm not afraid to admit that this book made me cry in frustration and anger and, to be honest, helplessness; helplessness that the world is like this and it's a reality for thousands, millions of victims.

And you know what? It's alright to be angry. It's alright to cry. Because when you have reached that point, that's when you realize the injustice of it all - you are moved so much by their plight that you cannot muster anything but tears and compassion for them. And All the Rage definitely makes all this more than just a statistic to people who feel this problem is far away from them, because of the honest, angry, and genuine way it was written, portraying this awful reality in the rawest way possible. You'd think that by 2015 we'd have evolved from the primitives we were, but we have not, andthis book really makes you see all the hardships, all the mental and psychological and emotional torture victims of rape and victim-blaming go through. 

And my fucking god, does it hurt a lot. No book has made me this angry for a character before. All I wanted to do magically transport myself inside and teach the people in this small town a lesson on humility and compassion, and rescue Romy from their clutches.

I really don't have anything else to say than that. I don't want to talk about it too much because this is a book that demands to be read and felt without any hint of spoilers whatsoever. It is very emotional and engaging in the realest way possible. The only other time I've read such an honest, genuine narration was when I read Andrea Portes' Anatomy of a Misfit, so trust me on this that it Romy's voice and experience will gut you, pierce you, pull your heartstrings, empty your tearducts, and make your nerves pop out in anger.

This is my second Courtney Summers book, and you bet I'm not going to be stopping anytime soon.
April 16, 2015
When all you can do is watch, you see.

Well, I begrudgingly give this five stars....Oh, come on. Yeah the hell right. Did anyone really expect me to give this any less than a bajillion stars? I am still awaiting the day I'll pick up a Courtney Summers novel and not be floored by her simple words that portray deep, meaningful messages so many authors gloss over today. And even if that day comes? I know to the bottom of my soul, even if the story isn't for me, I will still write her name, like, ten times in my review because that's just what I do with my two favorite authors and because her words will never cease to have an impact on me. You know why? 'Cuz she's Courtney fuckin' Summers and she isn't afraid to get raw, gritty, and in your face.

You know all the ways you can kill a girl?
God, there are so many.

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It's no secret that this woman snuck up out of nowhere and stole my heart with her magnificent and flawless writing. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, when I pick up a Summers book (anyone keeping a count of how many times I'll say her name?) that I will be transported to another world where someone doesn't have it as good as me. That I will not be the same after reading it. That I will never find an author who speaks to me on such a deep emotional level. That, during the story, I will learn something not only about a flawed, broken girl (or boy), but also about myself. Her novels aren't simply page-turners, though they are undoubtedly that, they mean something. They make you wonder, they make you think, "Was I ever so blind to something like this?" "Was I as care-free and oblivious and go-with-the-flow that I was a part of someone's torment without even realizing it?" And that's what Courtney Summers does-she doesn't simply write-she educates. She makes you aware. And this story was no exception.

It's amazing how bad you can make the truth sound. As long as you keep it partially recognizable when you spit it out, a crowd will eat it up without even thinking about how hard you chewed on it first.

Romy is a whole new level of broken. In Summers's previous works, we see lots of broken girls who don't quite know how to handle what they're going through, what they feel. I mean, they think they do...but do they ever really want to do what they think they need to do? Anyway-I digress. My point was that Romy is emotionally broken in a way that, while familiar from her other stories, I have never seen before. It's not like she lays down and takes it. She doesn't simply play dead and walk through the halls like a zombie. She has a bite that is unlike anything I've seen. It was deliciously depraved, some of things she had to do, but it was never over the top. This girl is someone who was bullied for speaking out against a rape no one believes happened, bullied for simply existing, bullied because she had the misfortune of being the only girl 'found.' The things she had to hear whispered behind her back and go through were unwarranted, nasty, and a catalyst to thoughts that a girl should never have about herself...or anyone, for that matter.

I forget what I was doing. I forget what I'm here for. There's a point to all of this but I don't know what it is anymore.

What we see, essentially, is a girl who has been backed into a corner and can as easily be discarded as a piece of paper. No one looks out for her, no one will save her...she has to be there for herself-at school, that is. Outside of school we get to see the love that her mother and her mother's boyfriend have for her, how they worry and would do anything for her. It's not simply a case of blind parenting-they do their best to figure out what's going on and they don't clam up. They continually ask her why she's acting this way, why she is running off, why she started a fight at was heartwarming and broke my heart when they realized they couldn't do anything to help if she wasn't willing to open up. Because not only does everyone in the school hate Romy Grey....everyone in town despises her as well.

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Why her?

And finally there's Leon. The guy she works with. The guy who's above pettiness and high school games and wants to make a name for himself. The guy who would do almost anything for Romy...even after she rips his heart out time and again. He only has eyes for her, but he certainly doesn't take her bull shit. He tells her like it is and he makes her a better person. I loved their relationship and thought it was adorable watching a new romance bloom after the wake of a tragedy, watching the struggle to keep her 'good side.' Okay, I lied. I don't suppose it was adorable so much as uplifting....and heartbreaking. My soul was ripped in two more than once, longing for the perfect relationship, the perfect end to their (Romy's) tremulous journey. But that's Summers and she doesn't sugar coat life. Things happen. It's how you handle life's hurdles that makes you who you are. If you can't get past it? That's your own hang up. And that's what we get to see.

I don't believe in forgiveness. I think if you hurt someone, it becomes a part of you both. Each of you just has to live with it and the person you hurt gets to decide if they want to give you the chance to do it again.

Suited in her battle armor to take on any day and each new event in life, I loved Romy to bits. She was fierce, determined, but fractured into pieces and unable to feel complete and like a real, whole person. Her 'come and get me' red nails and lipstick were a farce for what she really feels on the inside: dull, lifeless, and hurt. Watching her fight her internal battles and take on one snobby bitch or asshole at a time, whenever she felt like it, we saw the fight that has long since extinguished since 'that night.' I hope everyone can find something to love about this story, because I was undeniably hooked and wanted nothing more than to read about Romy's happy ending. I hope you will, too. do you get a girl to stop crying?
You cover her mouth.

*whines* And Courtneyyyyyy.....release another boooook....pleasseeeeee.

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AGHHH!!!! It's LIVE!! FINALLY. *Rubs hands together* I shall start reading under my desk now-lol


I'm going through serious, SERIOUS Courtney Summers withdrawl. It's like I am starting to itch and I need that next fix immediately and I can't seem to find any books that scratch that infernal itch and...

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Soon. April can't make it soon enough.

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1,097 reviews17.7k followers
June 16, 2019
“You know all the ways you can kill a girl?

God, there are so many.”

This is a book of self-righteous anger that, more than four years after my initial read, still sticks with me on a deep emotional level. It is angry, yes, but it is also sad, and real, and deeply heartbreaking.

All the Rage is one of the most excellent portrayals of rape culture I have ever read, in my life. Courtney Summers doesn't shy away from the godawful things that go along with being a victim. The feeling of claustrophobia here is so real. It's a raw, painful story, brimming with deep anger.

I loved the main character here, Romy. She's a bit emotionally cold and unlikable, something many reviewers seem to have noticed, but it is this that makes the book even more impressive. She's fleshed-out, with the primary narrative agency in every moment, and infinitely sympathetic even at her worst. I felt her, and this is what makes her such a compelling, strong narrator.

As for the romance... frankly, I was a bit annoyed, three years ago (I’ve been on Goodreads for over three and a half years?? Jesus), that Courtney Summers felt the need to add a romance plot. This romance plot is actually quite good. I enjoyed their interactions; it's a fleshed-out romance plot that handles her trauma with respect and dignity.

I do, however, generally think modern media needs to not always portray a love interest as the answer to rape trauma. At this point, Romy needs friends, both boys and girls, and family, a good support system. She does not *need* a boyfriend. The narrative of "the boy who builds you back up" almost seems to imply the heroine is "damaged goods" until a boy dates her.

On an individual level, however, this is not a complaint about All the Rage on its own. I think this book executes it all better than most by putting the focus, in every moment, on Romy,

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790 reviews2,530 followers
May 22, 2015
4.5 Stars!!


“You know all the ways you can kill a girl?
God, there are so many.”

This book is about life and how hard is nowadays to be a teenage girl, about society and last, but not least about rape and how survivors of rape are struggling to move on, to accept they deserved more, to accept they are more than a victim. Like many realistic fiction novels this is a read you are not supposed to enjoy. It supposed to open your eyes, to make you realize how society really is, how is easier to believe that someone is lying than believe that someone’s innocence was stolen. It goes without saying this novel felt REAL. The message of the story and the main character, Romy will certainly make you feel. Now…]..if I’m honest here I have to say this book made me so, so angry. Of course I knew before that life and our society are not perfect. And of course I knew people can be ‘ugly’ (inside), but to be reminded so often of these realities is gut-wrenching every damn time. “All the Rage” is a book that will make you think, that will open your eyes and that will make you FEEL.

Now...imagine you have been raped. No one believes you, because your rapist is ‘someone important’ and his family is an influential family in your community. On top of that, you are bullied because you were brave enough to speak out against rape, you are bullied because THEY think you don’t have the right to live (no like them) because you are a 'LIAR', because you are just a girl who 'wants attention'. How can you move on from something like that? How can you learn again how to act, think, feel and trust after everything was stolen from you – your right to choose, your innocence, your voice.

Romy Grey is a 17 years old who knows what is like to be seen like a liar, a girl who lost her friends and not only, just because she ‘dared’ to speak the truth. Romy was raped. She’s damaged, but she’s not totally broken, not like she thinks she is. To read her story was truly heart breaking. The author did a fantastic job portraying her character and her inner turmoil. Romy’s voice was honest, raw and REAL.

She has people in her life that really care for her, people that loves her and believes her – her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and a boy, Leon who works with her. Leon represents the light in Romy’s life. I really liked him and I liked how determined he was to do something good for the girl he likes. Not to save her, no, because Romy is the only one who can save herself, but to do something...anything to bring some happiness in her life.

I have to say I really liked the ending. It’s exactly how is supposed to be - full of hope.

This was my first read by this author and I’m certain it won’t be my last. I really liked Courtney Summers’s ‘voice’ and her writing style – simple, yet powerful.

Overall, a fantastic read!
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500 reviews2,042 followers
May 2, 2015
Okay, how do I even begin to describe how this book made me feel.

Contemporary YA has been heading in the right direction lately. I've mentioned before that I didn't like the quirky, whimsical bullshit that most YA contemp was doing. I want my YA contemp to be realistic as hell, cause it's supposed to be contemporary. In our world, in our time, tackling real world issues and dilemmas.

But this book, I realized, was somehow too realistic, at least for me. Painfully realistic. I felt sick and uneasy and heartbroken throughout the entire thing, because this shit actually happens to girls. The wrong people are given power 85% of the time and it sucks. It fucking sucks.

Just... if any of you are going through something like this, there ARE people who will trust you and stand by you. Don't make other people's disbelief put a plug on your ability to speak up. Hell, talk to ME, even. I wouldn't really be able to help much, but I'd be there as a friend. If you feel alone, don't worry, I feel the same. So why not be alone together, y'know?

Back to the book itself, it is brilliant. It is powerful. But it is also cruel and disgusting and painful and frustrating and afkljhgdlkjdfghaghdagh. As much as I adore it, I wouldn't wanna read it ever again.


Side note: This is not really related to the book, but there's this game you guys should really check out called Life is Strange. ((It's on Steam here if you guys wanna play it on your computer, but if you have a PS4 or Xbox One you can play it there too.))

This particular topic is also tackled in that game with the main character's friend, and your actions in the game could literally determine if you could save her from killing herself. This is exactly what I was talking about when I said there will be people who will stand by you and care for you in this situation, because as you play Max, you'll be able to stand by Kate--the victim in question--since everyone else seems to be against her, and even save her life.

I strongly suggest you guys to play it because it tackles many issues like this. Even if you guys aren't necessarily gamers, I still think you'd enjoy it. Think of it as an interactive 3D young-adult novel.
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347 reviews605 followers
October 4, 2015
You know all the ways you can kill a girl?
God, there are so many.

Romy's had a difficult life. She was raped and no one believes her. And to make things worse, people not only think she's a liar – they also make fun of her and play horrible and cruel pranks on her. So obviously she feels there's no use for her to speak up. No one is going to take her seriously after all.

and how do you get a girl to stop crying?
You cover her mouth.

The name of the book is simply perfect: All the Rage. Indeed, I was angry most of the time while reading this book. The things that happened to Romy were unfair and the people surrounding her were being awful.

At least not everyone in the book treated her like that, though. She had a wonderful mother and a great boyfriend who stops when he's told to stop – as it should be.

The themes addressed in this book are strong, but they're addressed in the correct way. Like, you get to feel how being a girl really is, that a victim of rape is not a weak person, etc. Courtney Summers is certainly a great author. She's now beaten my list of my favorite authors.

I'm not going to spoil you any more details about the book. I'm just going to say that you seriously need this book in your life. Every girl needs this book in her life.

Time passes or it doesn't, but it must – because it has to.

This was my second Courtney Summers book and it was better than the first. She's now in my list of insta-buy authors. We need more authors like her because she's great.

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1,062 reviews736 followers
May 8, 2015
You should read this book.

Don't think you can handle it?

You should still read it.

Think it'll be too intense?

You should still read it.

Don't have enough time?

You should still read it.

Don't like reading?

You should still read it.

Don't know how you found yourself on this Goodreads page?

Hey, here's an excellent book for you to read. It's called All the Rage, by Courtney Summers. More information about it can be found by clicking on the cover image above. Yeah, you should totally read it.

Yes, it is a brutal look at rape culture in today's society. Yes, it draws our attentions to things most of us would rather not think about. Yes, it is dark, disturbing, able to burrow into the most hidden recesses of your mind and stay there long after you put it down. But it is such an important story, one that has needed to be told.

Not only is it thematically important, but it is of such high quality. Summers's prose is crackling and vibrant: the story will draw you in, and the writing will keep you hooked. Romy may not be the most likable character in all of young adult literature, but she is a realistic look at the effect of trauma on human behavior. Some of her reactions are unreasonable, some of her choices irrational, but it just makes her story that much more heartbreaking.

This book has been boiling inside of Courtney Summers for years. Do me a favor--do us all a favor--and read it. Take breaks if you have to, cry if you are inspired to. But read it. You won't regret the experience.
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1,879 reviews1,065 followers
August 6, 2015
Initial reaction: Review to come when I can pick my heart up off the ground. I was expecting an emotional read, and I got one. I felt so sorry for Romy's experiences, and her voice is raw, honest, and heartbreaking. I still feel like there were some threads in the story that weren't completely tied (which is why I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5), but I really appreciated the read. It was beautifully written.

Also, thank goodness for an awesome POC love interest. I really liked Leon a lot.

Full review:

I'll admit it took me the longest time to reflect on this book because it hit home on a lot of things for me, particularly when it comes to discussions of sexual violence and how society at large treats young women and women in general when it comes sexual shaming. Courtney Summers has a way of gripping you in the measure of a teen's emotions and bringing their thoughts so intimately that it feels you're following right in their footsteps, which is why I end up loving many of her respective novels. There's always a strong sense of voice, emotion, and theme in each of Summers's novels.

Romy is a young woman in a lot of pain. She's raped by the son of a prominent figure in her neighborhood, accused of lying, slammed and shunned by her community. She attempts to find some space to escape, working at a diner and finding a friend who makes her feel like she can *feel* something again (Leon, who is so awesome of a love interest and support that I wish more teen guys could be portrayed like him. Plus, he's a POC!) But when a person from her past comes up with a bit of information that shakes her, let alone seems to disappear without a trace, Romy has to figure out what she should do in the aftermath.

This book seems to focus more on the overarching mystery/disappearance (which is intriguing and kept me guessing through the narrative), but there are some very true commentaries on sexual shaming/violence that stayed with me long after I finished "All the Rage". I wish the narrative could've expounded upon Romy's experience with the sheriff's son and how that came to pass, and I also wish that the ending of the novel could've felt a little more complete (then again, I think I've had this issue with some of Summers' other novels for endings, such as "Cracked Up to Be". It may just be a matter of preference). Even with that consideration, this book had me completely and emotionally invested. There were points where it did hit me emotionally, especially seeing what Romy goes through in terms of the bullying, and how she grapples with her own inner anger over her experience, the people who alienated her, her distrust, and wanting to hold onto that which makes her even the least bit happy (though she finds herself pushing away Leon in unfair ways because of her distrust).

The emotions were palpable and scenario very realistic, almost so much that I only put the book down when it hit so close to home, it left me trying to grapple with my own emotions and experiences. If it's something to say, I don't think I know any woman who hasn't had some unwelcome sexual advance or encounter, or hasn't been the victim of shaming in some sexual way. I can even name my own painful experiences, and I've talked about them in some capacities in the past in other discussions, though they weren't easy conversations to have.

If there's something to say, "All the Rage" is a novel that is an important part of a much larger conversation that should be open and encouraged, especially among young women. I think that'd be a huge stepping stone to eradicate the kind of cruelties of action and dialogue that Romy endures through this book.

Overall score: 4/5 stars
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Author 7 books1,212 followers
July 7, 2014
All the Rage is an incredible, authentic, painful book that looks deep into what rape culture is and how rape culture impacts the lives of girls.

Romy embodies what it means to have everything that’s yours taken from you, and she fights back tooth and nail to regain not just a shred of herself but she fights back to ensure that other girls don’t have to endure what she has. That being made to be “less than” because of someone else’s actions isn’t OKAY.

This book is important, and it needs to be on your radar if you care about feminism, about rape culture, about girls and the way girls become victimized over and over again, especially when they’re already a victim. It’s about standing up when you know you are going to be knocked down again.

It’s a book about girls taking back what is rightfully theirs: the voices, their bodies, their place in society as humans.

Summers creates dynamic characters across the spectrum here, and without doubt, Romy is my favorite character she's written. Leon, one of the secondary characters, might be a close second to Romy, though. I also found myself really invested in Romy's mother in this story -- there was one part, in fact, where her mother made me cry with something she said to Romy. It hit one of those few soft spots I've got. Every character here is round, flawed, and compelling. Even the characters who filled me with rage and hate had me caring enough about them to allow those feelings to come up, hard, each time they returned.

The mystery is well-rendered, and the who-done-it element of this story never overpowers the greater story nor does it fall to the wayside. This isn't a book with a message, but the implications of what it is like to be a girl in a world that regularly chews them up and spits them up come through clearly in Romy and the entire diverse cast of characters.

I’ll say a lot more about All the Rage when it’s closer to release date, but if I had to give this a “meets,” it is spot on Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak meets Veronica Mars. This is Summers's best work, hands down, and her writing cuts straight to the bone. It's not friendly and it's not supposed to be.

But it's damn good.
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223 reviews212 followers
July 28, 2015
Once in a while, you read a book that makes you question the worthiness of the human project, All the Rage is one of those books. Sure, the story is told through the eyes of a very angry and depressed teenager, but it's undeniable that slut-shaming, victim-shaming, rape culture, are still issues that are predominantly ignored. I won't get into the dirty because more discerning readers have better articulated these in their reviews. Plus, talking about these issues just infuriate me incoherent, and I do not have ice cream or chocolate in the house today, so better not. Not today at least.

What I like best about this book is how authentic Romy feels. I wanted to hug or smack her alternately. It's hard being a girl, doubly so being a teenage girl and infinitely so being a teenage girl who is considered a pariah in Douche County, USA.

All The Rage is a beautifully ugly, compelling book. That blurb though is quite misleading because you'd expect that Kellan Turner to actually be in the story. No biggie, but if Courtney Summers would write a novella about him and how one night he corners the wrong girl with a katana who chops his dick off, I'd totally read it.
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Author 18 books2,499 followers
April 20, 2017
Holy shit.

This was, hands-down, my most anticipated book of 2015. So much so that I put off reading it for weeks because I didn't want it to be over. The fact that it exceeded my expectations makes my heart explode in every way.

This book is brutal. It is harsh and cynical and scary and so incredibly full of truth about what it is to be a girl in the world that it physically hurts. And the thing about Romy is that she doesn't even have a horribly shitty family; her mom is OK, and her boyfriend is OK, and yes, her dad is a complete and total waste of abandonment space who destroyed all their standing in their town, but Summers doesn't rely on the tactic of making Romy completely alone in the world in order to impress upon readers how lost she is, how dead inside. She has a boy who likes her, has a job. And all these things only further serve to show how much external things cannot save you when your insides have been destroyed. If anything, it only makes the good feel scarier, more fragile, more tenuous.

Romy is in a town without mercy, but it isn't an atypical town. She isn't an atypical case. She is a fully realized character with her own story - as if Summers were capable of any less - but she is so many girls across the country, across the world. She's so many girls who weren't believed, who were trampled for the sake of this golden boy or that one. She is terrifying story after terrifying story that happens every fucking day.

This is the kind of book that should be required reading for teen girls and anyone who ever interacts with them, even as it makes me hate the world to think so.

Favorite quotes (from ARC, so, subject to change, but hoping they won't):

[in response to Penny telling her she can still report her rape] "I almost laugh, but my voice has left me. The chance of that happening is as dead as the girl Penny's talking about and that's what I really want to say to her. She died, Penny, you know that? You know all the ways you can kill a girl?

God, there are so many.

"Her eyes widen and she shoves me back and then there's a space between us, enough to paralyze me with all of the things I could do to her next. I could raise my hand and hit her in the face or bring my knee into her stomach, take a fistful of her hair and rip it out of her skull. You don't get to do this when you're a girl, so when the opportunity for violence finally presents itself, I want all of it at once."

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