I received a proof copy of All the Rage from Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
The first thing I will say about this book is that it will make you feel, as the title suggests, all the rage. And I mean All the Rage. You will want to throw this book across the room because certain characters’ actions will repulse you. You will want to cry and scream until you’re blue in the face because this book exposes a reality that we, as a society, don’t want to deal with. It talks about rape culture, slut-shaming, vulnerability, victim blaming and so many important themes that just aren’t being discussed in mainstream media to a great extent.
It follows a teenage girl, Romy Grey, as she deals with the aftermath of being raped, and how not only is she ridiculed by boys, she is also ridiculed and humiliated by her female classmates and faces verbal abuse. But when another girl comes forward, saying she was attacked by Kellan, who attacked Romy, Romy has to decide whether to speak up or remain silent and her decision has shocking consequences.
I can’t praise this book enough. It examines the shame inflicted upon victims of sexual assault and their decisions which are judged no matter what. Courtney Summers has written an incredible novel breaking down stereotypes, prejudices and a previously taboo topic that so few authors write about. Summers writes with an edge, her characters are flawed and occasionally unlikeable but they are real. Their stories are real. Summers does not glamourise the topic of rape and sexual assault and does not soften what she is trying to say, but instead writes it so it’s loud ad clear. All the Rage will make you uncomfortable in parts, and it will cause shock and it will enlighten you. Although it’s not released here in the UK until January 2016, when it comes out please read it. You’ll be all the better for it.
Rating – 5 stars.