Making the Grade / All the Rage

Hi! Making the GradeThe number of stereotypes that surround teenage girls is disheartening, and, as a young female myself, I’ve read, seen, and experienced enough to know that nothing will change in the future unless we openly talk about these issues in the present. Courtney Summers, a popular YA author, has not only discussed the stigmas that plague teenage girls, but written multiple novels on them as well. All the Rage is her most recent release, and like her past books, it brings controversial issues of modern society to the forefront. Finding the connection between a small town outcast and the community’s supposed golden boy, All the Rage is both powerful and unsettling; I hazard to guess that was entirely Summers’ point. Find my full review below!

{A friendly heads up: this book centers on the victims of rape culture. Please keep that in mind as content advisory or a trigger warning!}

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? {Goodreads}

All the RageNeed more convincing? Here’s what other reviewers had to say.
“It tackles some huge issues, but it never feels like an ‘issue book.’ Courtney Summers addresses rape culture and sex shaming in a raw and no-holds-barred kind of way – it’s exactly the kind of book that can cause change, even if it’s just a small one” {read the rest of the review at The Thousand Lives HERE}.

“I really think the only negative thing I can say about this book is that the time frames were a bit confusing. The author started with the rape and then immediately goes to after the attack with no real separation. It took me a few pages to even realize it was after the attack and even then, I wasn’t clear on how much time had passed” {read the rest of the review at Bingeing on Books HERE}.

“Summers has gifted us with a girl who thinks she’s damaged beyond repair, that makes some really poor, frustrating decisions because she can’t mentally break free of her suffering. In her typical refined manner, Summers forces us to stand up for victims all over the world to say, ‘Enough is enough'” {read the rest of the review at Rather be Reading HERE}.

Let’s discuss! Have you read All the Rage? Which Summers book should I try next? {This is Not a Test has me intrigued}. Finally, have you read any “heavier” novels recently, or are you sticking to fluffier reads for the summertime?

Have a terrific Wednesday!
Bella

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14 thoughts on “Making the Grade / All the Rage

  1. Wow, your review has completely turned my view on this book around! When I first heard about it I didn’t even think twice. I just pushed it aside. But now… I really want to read it! xoxo

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  2. I’m such a fan of some of Courtney Summer’s older releases. I hadn’t heard about the release of All The Rage but it sounds like something I should really read. I love that victim shamming has become such a known, in your face, unavoidable issue as of late. The more expose it gets the less people are able to claim it doesn’t exist. Fantastic review!

    (I love the little score card. That’s so unique!)

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  3. […] Courtney Summers is a veteran author for the YA audience, having written several hard-hitting and gutsy novels, but I only just read one of her books this year. Fortunately, All the Rage was impressive, weaving the ongoing conversation on rape culture with a dark and twisted narrative. It’s become my go-to recommendation for friends in need of a powerful story, just as Summers will certainly grow into my go-to author for good books next year. {review} […]

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