*This is a spoiler-free review.
♡ Book Title: All The Rage.
♡ Author: Courtney Summers.
♡ Series: Standalone.
♡ Page Count: 321 Pages (Paperback).
♡ Genres: Young Adult & Contemporary.
♡ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 stars.
*I would like to thank Pan Macmillan SA for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The footsteps stop but the birds are still singing, singing about a girl who wakes up on a dirt road and doesn’t know what happened to her the night before…
Romy Grey wears her lipstick like armour, ever since the night she was raped by Kellan Turner, the sheriff’s son.
Romy refuses to be a victim, but speaking up has cost her everything. No one wants to believe Kellan is not the golden boy they thought he was, and Romy has given up trying to make herself heard. But when another girl goes missing after a party, Romy must decide whether the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.
Trigger Warning: Rape.
All The Rage was definitely not the book I was expecting to read. It over-promised and under-delivered, big time. Instead of expecting a story about a girl that was raped and her ordeal with the golden boy rapist, we get offered a mystery with no connection to the previously mentioned golden boy. In fact, we never even get to meet this golden boy – he isn’t actually really part of the story. His name and his crime is mentioned only once and I felt like the synopsis promised something that didn’t happen.
In terms of the under-delivering it wasn’t the book I expected, but in the end it turned out to be not a too bad mystery novel. Even if that wasn’t what I was expecting (or what the synopsis promised) it turned out to be an interesting mystery plot. But the timeline of the plot was a little bit warped making the events confusing at times, this made me really struggle to put together certain events and keep track of what’s happening. Aside from that nothing actually really happens. We basically follow Romy around to school and the Diner where she works, but that’s basically it. It also ended very abruptly and on a very confusing note, that I didn’t like (or appreciate).
In terms of characters, there is some diversification, which is always welcome in any type of novel. Romy was a bit of a weird character which is understandable after the ordeal she went through and the bullying she had to endure. But the nail painting and the lipstick applying became really annoying at a certain stage. I know she used these as weapons/shields, but after a while I was just really frustrated with the whole lipstick thing.
I think if you hurt someone, it becomes a part of you both. Each of you 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.
I just felt that it sounded like the perfect book to make girls aware about rape, but it wasn’t. It was suppose to be a book with a powerful, inspiring message but it just didn’t pack the punch. It does still however make the reader aware of rape and how wrong it is. How it affects the victim and his/her family. It will also make people aware to the fact that they can talk to people close to them about the rape, because it is important to have a good support network when going through something like this. It was definitely sad and a little bit emotional.
- The reader is still made aware about the issue of rape and its implications.
- It does feature one diverse character.
- It turned out not to be a bad mystery novel.
- The synopsis differs from the finished product.
- The timeline wasn’t coherent which made it confusing.
- Nothing really happens.
- I didn’t connect with the main character Romy and her behaviour became frustrating.
I expected a certain story about a broken girl, but that isn’t completely what I got and that was frustrating. If you’re not looking for a book about rape and it’s consciousnesses then you’ll enjoy this book just fine. If you’re looking for a mysterious novel then you’ll also enjoy it. But if you are looking for the story on the back cover, then you’ll be sorely disappointed.