Sunday, April 26, 2015

Blog Tour: All the Rage by Courtney Summers- Review & Giveaway

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 in a culture that refuses to protect them.

I've been waiting a loooong time for a new Courtney Summers book, and it's finally here!!!  She's my favorite author.  Forever ever.  I was so excited to be asked to be a part of the blog tour, but also nervous because I had hyped this book up in my head for so long.  I'm glad to say hype didn't kill the book for me.  I read this in a day because it's just so stark and gripping, I couldn't stop.  Courtney Summers really makes you pay for connecting with her characters.  They're so unforgiving and angry... but that just makes me want to get under all that anger and see what's really going on.  Anyhow, here's how I felt about this book:

For the first time in my reading life, I feel like I've just read something I have no business reviewing.  In all my other reading experiences, I've always felt like I'm IN the book when I'm reading... like somehow the character's stories cross over into my life and I feel them too.  And because of that, I feel like I can say whether or not I agree with their actions, whether I understand them or not, and whether that is a good or a bad thing.  With this book I SO didn't feel like that.  I felt like this was Romy's story to tell, and I didn't have any right jumping in there with her and having feelings about the way she was dealing with the things going on in her life.

I will tell you that this book is so much different than I was expecting.  It's just not a typical book.  The writing style is difficult to get used to, the story is hard to hear.  There were so many times when I just didn't know what to do with what I was reading, which frustrated me... not in a bad way, just in a frustrating way.  There aren't answers to this book, just like there aren't answers in real life to all the terrible things that happen.

This should definitely be a book club book.  Oh my are there things that need to be discussed!!!  I wish I could start a convo right here and now about it, but I don't want to spoil anything that happens in the book for anyone.  I'll just tell you it's a REAL story.  It doesn't feel like fiction, it sugarcoats nothing.  When I was done I literally just wanted to type one word here: DAMN.

OVERALL: The most honest book I've probably ever read.  A definite book club book.  Read at your own risk though because shit is real in this book... and it's gritty, heartbreaking, cold, and painful.

My Rating: 4/4

Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm.  



  • (1) Copy of All the Rage by Courtney Summers
  • US & Canada Only

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Thanks to St. Martin's Press for having me on this blog tour and allowing me to host this giveaway!

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  1. I'm hearing really great things about this book. I can't wait to read this!

  2. I didn't even know about this book! SHAME ON ME! Sounds great + I love the author! Will definitely read it!