[Blog Tour + Giveaway]: All The Rage by Courtney Summers

[Blog Tour + Giveaway]: All The Rage by Courtney Summers
All The Rage
by Courtney Summers

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: April 14th, 2015
by St. Martin's Griffin

Format: eARC

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?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This book is one of the worst books you will ever read and I mean this in the best way possible. This is a HORRFYING READ and one that will shock you and amaze you. This is a read that will make your eyes water if not make you outright bawl about how unfair things can be.

This is my first ever book by Courtney Summers and if this was anything to go by, I know all of her other books will be amazing.

I went into this book expecting my heart to be torn apart and it was. IT WAS SO TORN APART. I was constantly taking breaks to watch a sitcom (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt if you are wondering) to find some comedic relief and to ease the pain I was feeling.

One of the ways in which this book was slightly easier to read was that we are dealing with the aftermath of the rape instead of a before/after kind of situation (although there is a before/after timeline).

Romy is the main character. She is such an amazing character too and I don’t know where to begin describing her. It’s so hard to be inside the mind of someone who is being bullied because she ‘cried rape’ and someone who feels like they would be better of dead. To be in the mind of someone who is filled with so much self-loathing is hard but given the way people reacted to the situation, the way they refused to look at her side of the story, it’s hard to blame her. All you want to do is hug her and tell her it’s going to be okay but how do you expect her to believe that?

What I adore about this book though is that even though everyone is a complete asshole to her, her mom and her mom’s boyfriend were there for her. They don’t treat her like crap. They feel her pain and you can feel their helplessness as they try to find a way they can make this right for her. But how do you do that? How do you right something when the most powerful person in town is involved and will prevent you from doing so? It’s heartbreaking but I love that they are there for her in any way they can be.

There is also a beautiful creature named Leon in this book who I love. He is perfect. And I think one of my favorite things about him is that he has no clue what Romy has been through. So his beautifulness(and I am not just referring to physical beauty), and the fact that he is so considerate isn’t because he already knows what Romy is dealing with, it’s beacause he is just a kind and considerate person in general and I love that! I love that when Romy tells him to stop, he stops and then the way Romy reacts to that action is beautiful. It’s a little hard to be understanding of the way Romy sometimes treats Leon, and I wish she would give him a chance, but it’s so hard to blame her considering what she goes through on a daily basis. The shit she has to put up with is ridiculous.

This book touches on so many important subjects like bullying, and victim blaming and it handles them beautifully, with the respect they deserve. I keep using the word beautiful when this book is anything but. I just don’t know how else to describe the way, and with the delicateness, in which Courtney treats these issues. She does not play around. We are not thrust into a world where the main character hasn’t told anyone or is hiding from what happened or even has a lot of people supporting her. She is alienated because she dared to tell someone what happened,and people constantly pick on her in the most subtle of ways as a result. But Romy, Romy still keeps her head up and marches through this. She is filled with self-loathing but somehow she still manages to get through this and I love it!

I love this book! I don’t want to say I do because I don’t love what happens but I love how the author has dealt with the issue at hand.

This is a painful book to read, I am not going to lie. It’s going to frustrate you that all of these fucking douchebags REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE HER PAIN and MAKE FUN OF IT. It’s fucking ridiculous that she gets mocked about it but this is what happens in our society. There are not many perfect situations where people are supportive of what happens. It’s disgusting that we live in a society where women are terrified to report cases because of their fear and it hurts but the most wonderful thing about this book is that while it’s completely realistic in it’s portrayal of the situation, it also leaves us with a sense of hope. This is not a book about happily ever afters but this is also not a book that is about the hopelessness of the situation. It  gives us something to hold on to because there will always be hope no matter how bad the situation and it is SO IMPORTANT to remember that.

This is a gorgeously written book that everyone, and I mean everyone, needs in their life. It is so crucial for people to read and for people to understand that these are things that happen. It isn’t some big bad thing you hear about on the news and can forget about a day later, they are real things that happen.

I love this book and I love Courtney for writing it and I just hope that someday, we will live in a world where we don’t constantly sham or victim blame women for the pain they have been through.

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About the Author

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.

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Giveaway Time!

So, time for the fun stuff! The kind people at St. Martin’s Press are giving away 1 copy of the book to one of our lucky readers but unfortunately this is restricted to US/CAN residents only.

Giveaway Rules

  • You must be 13 or above in order to join
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  1. says

    I agree! I really really want to read this book as well! But deym, reading your review made me crave for it Rashika! I agree, it is vile and disgusting how our society will instantly judge someone who is a victim of such a crime, instead of trying to understand or console him/her about their situation. Too bad the giveaway is US/CA only, but I hope the winner will enjoy it! I can’t wait to get my hands on this! :D
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  2. says

    Such an excellent review.

    I know the book is going to fill me with rage at Romy’s experiences and what she goes through, but I’m so glad you mentioned that it ends with a sense of hope.

    I hope this book does exceedingly well, because it’s so important, and from the reviews I’ve seen, is incredibly well written.
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  3. says

    I recently reviewed this novel on my blog as well, I really love how powerful and strong All The Rage actually is.. The title suits it well, it sure does enrage the reader. I love the points you have made about the book, I hated most of the men in this book except of course Todd and Leon :) I so agree that slut shaming and victim blaming is wrong.. I wish society was more open minded instead. Thank you for the stellar review.
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  4. says

    Funny enough, this is the second time I read a review of this book and Benish loves this as well. And I know Faye also reviewed and loved this too! So much love for this book! I feel like this tackled serious issues that it rampant in our society today (bullying, victim blaming)…not to mention a crime that’s so heinous, it breaks my heart on how often it happens. I’m very glad that the author was able to portray a victim beautifully and that she was able to tackle these important issues right. I still don’t know if I can read this book…I feel like I’ll be bawling my eyes out. Still, I will join the giveaway and if I win, then this must be a sign that I should read it. I’m scared though…I absolutely hate victim blaming and slut-shaming. I hate how girls turn on girls. Lovely review Rashika!
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  5. says

    Fucking douchebags is the most accurate statement I’ve seen regarding this book. I still have 30% left so I’m not sure how it ends right now, but I really hope everyone gets a good hard slap to the face and Romy is redeemed and lives happily ever after with Leon. *crosses fingers*

    The one thing that confused me is the before/after timeline – I thought it was about the rape, so it took me a while to understand that it had happened months before the book even started.
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  6. says

    I WANT THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE. It’d also be my first book by Summers, but from all of the good things I’ve heard (including your review) I know this story is one for me. So glad this giveaway is open to Canada (:

    I do get what you mean about this book being rage inducing, but in a good way. I think it’ll be raw in the most real of ways and I won’t be able to tear my eyes away from the pages. I will be no doubt screaming at this book at all of the awful treatments the MC will endure by the judgmental other characters >.< Rape is such an real issue and as is the aftermath. I think this one sounds like it'll be painfully realistic at portraying this. And that will make me want to cry, but however this accurate portrayal is so important like you mentioned in raising awareness (about rape culture itself and the awful victim blaming common in our society) and creating hope for those who feel so helpless.

    The characters in this one all sound wonderfully crafted. Romy herself will surely have all of my love, and sounds like the very definition of a strong character who has undoubtedly been through so much and yet continues to push forward despite her self-loathing. The love interest Leon also sounds great, I think it's going to be wonderful to see Romy slowly begin to trust him and his overall kindness. I also like the sound of the unwavering support Romy's mother and boyfriend have.

    Lovely review Rashika <33 Can't wait to experience this one for myself.

  7. says

    I’ve read one book by Summers before and that utterly destroyed me, but I loved it at the same time, and I have a feeling that I will probably be going through the same ride that I did with that book. But you know what I sort of don’t mind, I like my books which deal with real life tough issues and don’t give you nicely wrapped up endings, sometimes we just need to experience the realism of it all. I should be picking this one up pretty soon, so expect your phone to blow up with messages from me. Gorgeous review Rashika!
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  8. says

    I was initially a little scared to read this one and part of me still is, but I’m willing to give this a shot. I’m going to obviously have to mentally prepare myself. My heart is already breaking for Romy and I’m raging. I’m glad she has a supportive family and Leon by her side though.
    I can’t wait to read it.
    Lovely review, Rashika!
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  9. says

    Absolutely fabulous review Rashika. This sounds like such an important and powerful book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I love that Courtney Summers is realistic in her portrayal of victim blaming and whatnot, and that she treats it with the respect it deserves. Thank you for sharing this review (and for the fabulous giveaway too)!
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  10. says

    I am simultaneously REALLY excited to read this book and REALLY afraid. Obviously, it is going to make me stabby. Especially because this kind of stuff really does happen, and it is awful and wrong, and I am pretty sure the feels will do me in. BUT, I also think it’s an important topic, and I have been hearing so many amazing things, that I know I want to read it. Fabulous review!
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  11. says

    I can tell I’m going to have to stop and watch a bunch of old school Disney movies full of singing birds and princesses and crustaceans while reading this book Rashika! I love books that can infuriate me to this degree though, it means I’m emotionally involved which is always a good thing. Still, definitely going to stock up on chocolate and sappy movies before I dive in!
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  12. says

    Ah, yesss. <3 Gorgeous post Rashika :D I love your review. And oh. I loved this book so much too. IT IS EVIL. Yet so perfect. And yeah. It was amazing :) So glad you loved it too. <3 Thank you for sharing about it sweetie :)
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  13. says

    Yes yes yes! I think my reaction review was “Fuck this book. I love this book.” Seriously, because what else it there to say? So many tragedies, and so much realism. This book should be handed out in high schools. Maybe it will save just one girl from the bullying that occurs when she tries to defend herself when she is raped. I love how it really gets into the thoughts and the feelings and the turmoil that happens after it is all said and done, and how the victim is left with this horrible aftermath.
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  14. says

    I’m less than 20% into this book, but I really love it so far. I gave your review a little bit of a quick skim because I don’t want to end up spoiling the book for myself – and I’m really good at piecing together what happens in a book based on how people react to it, or taking tiny little hints and turning them into figuring it all out, but I already agree with what you’ve said about it being one of the worst books in the best way.

    This is definitely one of those unapologetic books that makes you cringe in a good way.
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  15. says

    This book sounds like an emotional rollercoaster filled with pain, but at the end you’ll want to ride again. Gosh, I just can’t even deal. I mean all those douchebags that treat her badly and make fun of her, when she’s hurting already, it makes me angry already. Books like these are important and so powerful, but I do need to be in the right frame of mind to read it. Wonderful review Rashika! BTW how is Unbreakable?
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  16. says

    I seriously need this book in my life. It sounds like a dark and difficult read in places. The main character seems to be someone very strong and pushing through everything. And yes, she might lash out at people at times but from what I am reading it can be allowed, to some extent. It has definitely gone onto my TBR. Thanks for the review!
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  17. Christina R. says

    It’s awful and unfair and makes it all worse and it’s good books are bringing it to light.

    I have a CAnadian address but rafflecopter might show my location outside CAnada because I’m doing a semester abroad

    thank you so very much :)

  18. says

    I just can’t imagine what people go through in this world. And for one of the real world happenings being portrayed a book is really moving and intriguing for me, so that’s why I want to read it. Thank you for this amazing chance. I really liked your review and it makes me want to read and check it out that much more! :)