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March 29, 2015

Blog Tour: All the Rage by Courtney Summers – Review and Interview

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Hi everyone and welcome to our Tour Stop for

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

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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?

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Publication Date:  April 14, 2015
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Griffin

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Gabby-2013The only way that I can start this review is by saying that All The Rage by author Courtney Summers is haunting. It’s the kind of novel that I read and shook my head at and felt completely and totally unsettled. This is a novel that shocks you and disgusts you and keeps you fearful for the truth of just what is going on in the plot. This is an unforgettable read that I think everyone should pick up at least once. It is mysterious and eye-opening, showing readers the life of a girl who is shamed for being assaulted and her struggle to survive past it.

Romy Grey has lived being ridiculed by her peers. Talking about what happened to her at the hands of Kellan Turner has cost her friendships, family, and her happiness. But the Turners are an influential family in town and to be speak out against them is to sign your own death certificate. Nobody can look at Romy without thinking of her as a liar. A girl seeking attention. When news reaches Romy about Kellan assaulting another woman, the idea of speaking up and fighting back against him rises to the surface. But how can she? Running off to a party, Romy finds herself caught inside of a web, one where any wrong movement could mean facing a truth darker than anything she could imagine.

All The Rage begins with beautiful writing describing an ugly scene. We are introduced to the novel’s subject matter firsthand and are left to wonder what’s supposed to come next. Summers does not shy away from how gritty the situation that Romy is put in is. She is a character who is surrounded by hatred in a town fueled by animosity. The people around Romy are cruel and judgemental and are portrayed in a way that feels incredibly real. Summers does an amazing job at showing us a place where victim blaming is alive and well, through the eyes of the victim.

The story inside of All The Rage is one that is heartbreaking and heart pounding. The first chapter we are introduced to shows us the night of a party. The first half of the novel is set before said party, showing us the build-up and giving us the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of Romy being there. The second half of the novel is all mystery. The entire town searching for a missing girl who everyone wishes was Romy instead. Romy suffers through the second half of the novel. Trying to connect back to memories that have been supressed while also trying to come to terms with what has happened to her.

Every single moment of All The Rage is emotional and hard to stomach and forces readers to cheer on our protagonist, hoping for the best in a bad situation. I was brought to tears more than once and constantly wondered what the big reveal at the end of the novel would be. I will admit that I was a bit underwhelmed by it considering the build-up and that the conclusion wasn’t at all what I expected it to be, but the exposition and slow-build was enough to keep me satisfied. This is definitely a novel that is unforgettable in its realism and will give readers some food for thought, as well insight into the life of a victim of sexual assault.

I would recommend All The Rage to readers who are looking for a novel that is exhilterating. Any readers who are looking for a novel that is a mystery with bits of romance and action thrown in should also give it a read. Readers who want a novel that is well-written with beautiful prose should also give All The Rage a shot.

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Interview
Top Favs with Courtney Summers

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why
1) Taking a break because sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.
2) Re-reading what I’ve written because sometimes I’m stuck because I’ve messed something
up.
3) Asking a critique partner for help, because a fresh perspective can be very helpful.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why
1) Beyoncé because she’s INCREDIBLE. Her music is amazing and work ethic inspires me.
Everything about her does.
2) Lana Del Rey because I love the gritty and destructive stories she tells in her songs.
3) Marina & the Diamonds because her songs are fantastic.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why
1)Â The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (both versions) because Lisbeth Salander is an
amazing character.
2) Kairo (Pulse)Â because it’s haunting and creepy and incredibly atmospheric.
3) Shadow of a Doubt because I think it’s Hitchcock’s best. It’s so unsettling.

Top 3 favorite animated movies and why
1)Â Anastasia because it’s so great, and such fun, I bet Disney is sad they didn’t make
it first.
2) Despicable Me because who doesn’t love the minions?
3) The Last Unicorn because it’s a childhood favourite and such a beautiful and
melancholy story.

Top 3 favorite gadgets and why
1) My iPod shuffle because I love taking my music with me everywhere.
2) My phone because it has Cortana now and she’s great.
3) My laptop because I can’t write books without it! (Well, I could–but it’d take even
longer than it already does!)

Thanks for having me on your blog!

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

Courtney Summers

COURTNEY SUMMERS was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. To date, she has authored five novels. Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published three more books–2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book, Some Girls Are, 2012 YALSA Quick Pick, Fall for Anything, and 2013 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book This is Not a Test. Her next projects are an e-novella, Please Remain Calm (a sequel to This is Not a Test) and a new novel, All the Rage, both out in 2015.

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