All the Rage by Courtney Summers Review

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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?

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Release Date: 14th April, 2015

Pages: 321

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Hardback

Source: Purchase

TRIGGER WARNING: Rape/sexual assault

Fancy being captivated by a book? Then give All the Rage by Courtney Summers a try. When I wasn’t reading All the Rage, I kept thinking about it and for me that’s a sign of a great book. I’ve been left speechless by this book, so I don’t really have much to say, which, in the end, is a good thing as I want people to experience the book for themselves.

All the Rage is such a powerful and emotional read. Romy, our main character, is one of the best characters I’ve ever read about. Romy is depicted very well and as a reader, I really got inside her head. Just like the topic of the book, Romy is incredibly powerful and her story still lingered with me days after I had finished the last page.

All the Rage really makes you think about western culture and society, how it treats women of all ages and the topics of rape/sexual assault. To put it simply, All the Rage is an outstanding book and one that I strongly encourage other readers to pick up. Every line is so poetic. The characters feel like they are people you could bump into on the street and the relationships between characters, whether negative or positive, have been depicted well. All the Rage is definitely a book that I will return to in the future.

This is, without a doubt, one of the most important books I’ve ever read and, at the time of writing, All the Rage is the best book I’ve read in 2015. I’ve found a new favourite book and a new favourite author.

Favourite Quotes

“You know all the ways you can kill a girl?” (Page 91)

5/5 stars

 – Liz

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review

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The following synopsis has been taken from Goodreads.

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.

With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: 18th February, 2013

Pages: 368

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Younger Readers

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchase

If you’re looking to read a contemporary YA novel that will keep you hooked from start to finish, then Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian might be the book for you. Burn for Burn is a strong book and the writing is excellent. For me, Burn for Burn was one of those books that I couldn’t stop thinking about when I wasn’t reading it. It was always on my mind. Nearly everything about the novel was perfect and I found the last fifty or so pages to be very gripping – I just needed to know how everything was going to end.

The story is told from the perspectives of the three main characters: Kat, Lillia and Mary. I connected to all of the main characters really well and I went through a wide range of emotions as I read the novel. Many important issues, such as bullying and suicide, have been weaved into the story and this helped to build interesting back stories for Kat, Lillia and Mary. One of the things that I admired about the main characters is that they each had their own distinct voice. I’ve often read YA books that only have one narrator and yet the author struggles to create a well-defined and unique voice for the main character, resulting in many YA narrators from different books and genres sounding the same. This isn’t the case with Burn for Burn. Kat’s voice is definitely the most powerful and I enjoyed reading her perspective the most.

What stopped me from giving the book five out of five stars was the fact that towards the end of the book, things got a little predictable. I was able to work out how the book was going to end but it was still exciting to read. The only thing that I didn’t like about the book was the suggestion that something paranormal is happening to one of the characters. I felt that this particular plot line was unnecessary and I think that the book would have been a better read without it.

Burn for Burn is an addicting read and one that I recommend to YA readers out there. This particular trilogy could very well end up being a favourite of mine.

4/5 stars

 – Liz

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas Review

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It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Release Date: 18th July, 2013

Pages: 400

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Format: Kindle E-Book

Source: Purchase

If you’re looking to read a powerful YA book that is partly inspired by true events, then give Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas a try. I became interested in true crime about six months ago, so I was intrigued by Dangerous Girls, which has shades of the Natalee Holloway case and the trial of Amanda Knox weaved into the story. Dangerous Girls is definitely a good and gripping read.

I was hooked from start to finish with Dangerous Girls. The story is told in a non-chronological order by an unreliable narrator which created suspense and left me wanting to find out exactly what happened. The book is very fast-paced and I liked how Haas also told the story through the use of transcripts, interviews and standard prose, amongst other things.

The characters in Dangerous Girls felt very real and I liked seeing how they developed throughout the novel. The characters contributed to the twists and turns that the novel takes as the story progresses and this was another thing I loved about the book. I never knew what to expect next or if any of my hunches were right.

The only thing that I didn’t really like about the novel was the final chapter. I think that Dangerous Girls would have been better without it. Had the final chapter been edited out, I think that the ending of the previous chapter would have become more shocking, resulting in more of an impact on me as a reader and a better ending overall.

The ride that I experienced while reading Dangerous Girls was a great one. I’ll be reading more of this author’s works in the future.

Favourite Quotes

“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?” (Page 254)

“Any one of us could be made to look a monster, with selective readings of our history.” (Page 366)

4/5 stars

 – Liz

#FridayReads 04/09/2015

If you don’t know, #FridayReads originated on Twitter and every Friday people tweet what they’ll be reading over the weekend. Bunny Cates brought this over to Youtube and I’m hoping to write a #FridayReads post each week to share with you what I’ll be reading.

This weekend I will be reading:

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So far, so good! Burn for Burn is turning out to be quite an addicting read! What will you be reading this weekend?

Happy reading! 🙂

– Liz

#FridayReads 28/08/2015

If you don’t know, #FridayReads originated on Twitter and every Friday people tweet what they’ll be reading over the weekend. Bunny Cates brought this over to Youtube and I’m hoping to write a #FridayReads post each week to share with you what I’ll be reading.

This weekend I will be reading:

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I started reading this book earlier on today and so far I’m quite impressed. I think that Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas will turn out to be a great thriller.

What are you reading this weekend?

Happy reading! 🙂

– Liz