Thursday, 19 March 2015

Review - All the Rage by Courtney Summers


Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Pages: 336
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release date: 14th April 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

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:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Romy Grey lost her friends and has been bullied ever since she accused Kellan Turner, the sheriff's son, of raping her.
Romy's one solace is the diner she works at outside of town where no one knows her name.
Then Romy's ex-best friend, Penny goes missing after a party.
Is Penny's disappearance linked to Romy waking up after the party on a road in the middle of nowhere?
Will anyone ever believe Romy about the rape?

All the Rage is a gritty, shocking read about a girl that is broken by what happened to her.
I felt so sorry for Romy that no one believed her and called her a liar. The way she was treated was beyond awful. It's terrible that even in this day and age people will believe a male's word over a woman's.
I liked the characters and the writing style which, I think, effectively portrayed how a victim would be affected by the events that happened.
While I enjoyed the book it didn't grip me and nothing happened that surprised me.
I did find the story confusing at times when it jumped backwards and forwards from 'now' to 'two weeks before'.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.