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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“Waiting On” Wednesday #7: 23/09/2015

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (http://breakingthespine.blogspot.co.uk) which allows readers and bloggers to feature an up and coming book that they’re excited about.

My pick for this week is:

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

Alexandra Bracken is the author of the popular The Darkest Minds trilogy, as I’m sure you all know. I read the first book in that trilogy a couple of years ago and I recently, and finally, got around to reading the second book, Never Fade, and I fell in love with Bracken’s writing all over again. I’m really excited to get my hands on Bracken’s latest novel, Passenger, which will be published on 5th January, 2016.

– Liz