- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 14 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 125002191X
- ISBN-13: 978-1250021915
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.1 x 21.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All the Rage: A Novel Hardcover – Apr 14 2015
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“Around these twin mysteries runs a tight, unrelenting plot that brings into sharp, brutal relief the difference between reviled Romy and a girl who suffers ‘a fate no one thinks she deserves.' Tough, weary, hurt and scared, Romy makes believably flawed choices, sometimes hurting others and herself. The small, close-knit town of Grebe is a seething cauldron of grudges and loyalties, and each character is not only carefully drawn, but deeply rooted in generations of history. Unflinching and powerful.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The narrative never shies from its charged subject, and Summers (This Is Not a Test) portrays the unforgiving mind-set of Grebe's citizens with grim realism. Through its resolution is neither tidy nor simple, Romy's powerful story creates a space for change.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Rape culture, class prejudice, and bullying are all handled sensitively and powerfully in this novel… Readers will definitely be compelled to find out whether Romy breaks free from her demons or implodes from the pressure.” ―Voya Magazine
“With a plot that will leave you breathless and characters that will sink into your heart and stay there, it is Summers' ability to take on a painful subject with both nuance and stinging clarity that is the devastating genius of this narrative. All the Rage is full-on astonishing--and will be critical to future conversations about young adult literature. ” ―Adele Griffin, author of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
“Powerful and heartbreaking - Romy and her story will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.” ―Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
“There are good books. There are great books. And then there are books like All The Rage, which take a piece of your heart and won't let go.” ―Elizabeth Scott, author of Living Dead Girl
“Smart, brutal, heartbreaking--Courtney Summers is at her unflinching best.” ―Brenna Yovanoff, New York Times Bestselling author of The Replacement and Fiendish
“All The Rage is a visceral indictment of rape culture and its far-reaching consequences and Romy is an incredibly strong and compelling character. Her story should be shared with both our daughters and our sons.” ―Rachel Vincent, New York Times bestselling author of The Unbound series and The Stars Never Rise
“A Courtney Summers' novel always has wonderfully uncompromising characters and relationships. All the Rage was no exception.” ―Melina Marchetta, Printz Award-Winning author of Jellicoe Road
“The kind of novel that breaks you apart, and doesn't care if it puts you back together again. It's a story about hard choices and about the tumult of being a teenager. Sharp writing shot through with a soft vein of sadness. Courtney Summers doesn't flinch, and neither should you. Read this book.” ―Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Mockingbird
“In All the Rage, Courtney Summers gives a voice to countless teenage girls our society has turned our back on-the ones so many of us try to ignore. With a confident, fearless, incisive, and even compassionate heart, Summers allows these girls to be seen and heard again. A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, this is a work of great power and resonance and I believe it can give a new generation of teen girls a voice.” ―Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services, Los Alamos County Library System, NM
“Summers takes victim-shaming to task in this timely story, and the cruelties not only of Romy's classmates but also the adults she should be able to trust come heartbreakingly to the fore. Romy's internal monologue is breathy and filled with bitter indignation, and while the narrative style may require some patience, older teens who like gritty realism will find plenty to ponder.” ―Booklist
“So, to put it plainly: All the Rage is going to make you feel all the rage. And that's because Courtney Summers takes a woman's brutal reality and puts it on the page, screaming the injustices with her pen.” ―Bustle.com
“Compellingly unpredictable... As a look at the trauma after an assault, it has a queasy power and some bold insight.” ―NPR.com
“Romy is complex and likewise developed well as the story progresses; readers will feel for her as she grapples with her most vulnerable moments and see hope in her times of strength.” ―School Library Journal (starred review)
“Romy's anguish dominates her narration, and the details of her experience-the victim-blaming by her classmates, both boys and girls, and her keeping it all secret from her mother-are acutely observed... In fact, injustice and privilege are the major themes of the novel, and those are topics that ensure this book will elicit lively classroom discussion.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
COURTNEY SUMMERS lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, Please Remain Calm, and All the Rage.
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But when I've put back on my armor, my own version of nail polish and lipstick and I'm ready, I'm going to tell you why this book is devastating and true and Courtney's best.
In the meantime, read it if you identify as a woman. Read it if you're a man. Read it if you have daughters and ESPECIALLY read it if you have sons.
Just read it. Look at Romy. Look at all of us.
All the Rage was excellent novel and I truly believe that everyone should read this book. It's crushing and hard to read at times, but goodness, you need to read this book.
After reading, I'm a little knocked out. Yeah, exactly how the stunning conclusion was supposed to make us feel. It's been a little while since I actually read and even returned this to the library and kind of forget about it. It's actually a pretty forgettable read, nothing special if you really think about it. That's what a book gets from a three star rating. Whoop, that's an accomplishment. *frowns* This could've been better, but whatever, I guess. Just take a look at the concept.
"And it’s in their heads now, that I took something from the search for Penny. I feel the beginnings of a whole new level of hate stirring in them. I pull my shirt on and try to make my mind blank while the room turns to vicious whispers.”
This all jumps into place once the confusing prologue and start kind of gets to the right spot and we meet Romy Grey. From the themes and subjects that are highlighted, you'll presumably tell that she's a "loser." Everyone blames her existence for that another girl, Penny, who went missing. AND THIS IS ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT NIGHT... And of course, you'll figure out what that night held.
I always am in for books that deal with sexual abuse and rape. Those subjects always hit the heart, toughly. And of course, THE FEELS ARE REAL. And the biggest issue that I had with this piece of literature? The feels. I had no sense of emotion, where I spent most of my time literally eyeing the book with a straight face. Huh. I find that this is the usual problem that I have with her books, and I WANTED MORE THIS TIME. Especially since this is her newest novel and I firmly believe that authors improve with their writing after they've written some other books. But this? A complete catastrophe when looking at some of the writing points.
Let's just skip the plot stuff and get straight to it. But I will note that there wasn't too much trouble with it excluding the fact that I was kind of bored with it and nothing special actually comes to mind when I think of the book. Eh. I guess it'll go either way for everyone, but keep in mind that my thoughts of the writing itself wasn't very likeable, I must admit.
Then we have Romy Grey, a really cool chick. Don't get me wrong on the statement I mentioned above on how she was your typical protagonist. She was a likeable person, to be honest. I felt guilt for her (which was the only feeling that I actually felt from the whole book), and her story was real in my eyes. What teenage girl deserves that all? None, I tell you. But that's Summers' story that she wants to plant in readers' minds, and I see that many others have enjoyed this book. So that's my firm opinion.
Romy was the voice of our teenage generation, just saying. Courtney created a teenage character who many young girls can relate to. Her story is very urbanized and modern, and it was like a news story that you watched endlessly. She kept moving on and was SO STRONG. I don't know what I would've done in her situation. And then again, Courtney puts readers in that situation.
I guess by the end, everyone's able to think about the "what-ifs." What if this happened to you? (Not stating this as a personal rhetorical question, by the way.) What if this happened to someone in your school? Would you judge them? You never know what you will do until you're actually put in that situation, to be honest. This is a total book that stands up for feminism. I love that extra quirk that the author added. (Not that I'm a feminist or anything.) But let's go, stand up for rights and against violence!
By the end, I believe that there's a possibility that you're sitting beside your computer, thinking that I shame books for no reasons. I'm chuckling, real hard after typing that statement out. But in reality, I did have some issues with it while everyone else loved it. *slams book into face* I just didn't feel it. Sure, the family and bits of romance were nice and added into the positives, but what are you supposed to do when you just don't feel the book? No rage, no happiness, no crying, no tears, no nothing. I prefer Summers' writing with more lighter stuff since she obviously can't handle the dark things too well. I wish that there was more info-dumping and POV of the actual situation! Go for this if you really suspect that you'll enjoy it and LOVE these kinds of books. Other than that, don't waste your time.
This was such an emotional packed novel. My heart broke for Romy, going to school day after day, not knowing what mean thing she'd have to endure. The sheriff who doesn't believe his son did what she said he did, keeps questioning her. When she was at her most vulnerable and needed someone that cared, no one did. Bullying is a topic that really angers me, so much of it goes on, and people doing the bullying don't realize the lifelong impact.
When she gets a job in a different town and starts to develop a relationship with a boy there, she still can't trust and keeps pushing him away, she doesn't want him to know things about her, she doesn't want her two lives to intercept. She is so full of anger, but pushes everyone away who wants to help her.
This book is well written, a young adult book that doesn't read juvenile. I wish there were books like this back when I was a young adult.
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