All the Rage by Courtney Summers
TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE
This book tackles directly the issue of rape, and victim shaming, so if you consider these kinds of topics sensitive or might trigger some something negative, I advise to skip this book.
Before releasing this book, Courtney Summers launched the hashtag #ToTheGirls, encouraging people to send messages of love, support, and engorgement to girls and women all over social media. The hashtag was a huge success, as it went viral all over the word on social media, not only that but it was also ranked as one the Most Important Feminist Hashtags of 2015.
“You know all the ways you can kill a girl?“
This story is about a small town, the people who live in that small town, and how their lives will never be the same again.
From far away it might seem like a perfect town, with white fences houses, children playing in the street, and with no one locking their doors at night. But, take a closer look and you will see the shadows beyond those white fences, and the monsters that live in the houses.
And the story begins with that dreadful night when 17 years old Romy Grey went to a party and had an encounter with the town’s golden star, the sheriff’s son Kellan Turner.
“I wish I didn’t have a body, sometimes.”
Romy considered her life over the day she was raped by Kellan, and the fact that no one believed her, not even her best friend broke her even more. Who would ever believe that the golden boy would do an awful crime as rape when he can get any girl he wants! But Romy’s life is about to get even more complicated when she wakes up on the side of the road, half naked, and her old best friend missing.
Through Romy’s eyes, we get a closer look at the emotions and thoughts that rape victims go through. Courtney Summers stunned all readers by her characterization of Romy, a girl who no longer sees the world as a safe place, a girl who is trying to have the strength to pick up the pieces of her shattered life while at the same time face the devil who shattered it along with his loyal followers.
“Touching me without permission. There should be a death penalty for that.”
All the Rage was a very tough book to read, not only because it tackles a very sensitive topic which is rape, an issue that women, men, and children face all around the world. But also because it shines the light on the lives of sexual assault/rape victims after they go through this horrible ordeal. It focuses on how some communities handle the situation, and how some go as far as victim shaming based on the victim’s lifestyle or choices in life. A problem that many victims face worldwide!
But, my god! The storyline, the characters, and the NARRATION. And sadly this story happens every day, she could be your sister, your best friend, a relative, or even a stranger that walked passed you on the street.
“I think if you hurt someone, it becomes part of you both. Each of you just has to live with it and the person you hurt gets to decide if they want to give you the chance to do it again.“
Romy’s experiences of her sexual assault, as well as the effects of it on her life and the lives of the people surrounding her, is sadly very common. The scars that are left behind not only the physical ones but the ones that are hidden deep under the skin. This book doesn’t hold back, quite the opposite, it realistic and raw, a powerful portrait of rape culture today.