I am super excited to be a part of the ALL THE RAGE Blog Tour and to be able to share a short Q&A with Author Courtney Summers, my thoughts about the book, and a giveaway.
I think Courtney Summers is an amazing writer and I have loved every story of hers that I’ve read. So I was very interested in reading her latest release – even though I knew how tough the subject she was tackling in her story would be to read – as I was confident she would handle it in the right way, give it the weight it needs, and not shy away from the emotions it would bring up.
For those not familiar with ALL THE RAGE, some information about the book is immediately below. The interview with the Courtney Summers and links to places she can be found online is next. And my thoughts about the book follow.
If you have a US or Canada mailing address, be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book, courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin. And if you’d like to check out a few of the stops on tour so far to take a peek at the quote graphics, hear what other bloggers had to say about ALL THE RAGE, read a few interviews with the author, and enter other bloggers’ giveaways for more chances to win a copy of the book, the partial schedule is at the bottom of this post.
About ALL THE RAGE
Title: ALL THE RAGE
Author: Courtney Summers
Release date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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.
Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
Q&A with Courtney Summers
Q. What was your favorite and/or most challenging aspect(s) of writing ALL THE RAGE?
When you write about a topic like rape culture, you want to be very aware of what your work is adding to the larger conversation. That creates a lot of pressure on an author. But it’s a very, very necessary pressure because these kind of topics should be approached with an extreme level of awareness and care.
Q. When researching for ALL THE RAGE, what was the most interesting/ shocking/ chilling/ fascinating thing you learned about the culture of violence against young women?
I think one of the hardest things to keep coming across in my research was apathy. There are many people who care about rape culture, about support and justice for victims and survivors—and those people give me hope—but whenever I came across people who couldn’t bring themselves to care, it was always like a punch in the gut every time.
Q. If readers could take away one thing from reading ALL THE RAGE, what would you hope it might be? And why?
I hope All the Rage makes them angry about rape culture. I hope they channel that anger into being a part of the conversation because we need to keep this conversation going if we want anything to change.
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About Courtney Summers
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.
ALL THE RAGE is an emotional and powerful and difficult read. It’s a story that will make you feel everything that Romy is going through – her pain, anger, hurt, denial, numbness, her need for normalcy and control and escape, her desire to find and hold on to that one good thing that will allow her to feel like the girl she used to be before. It will make you angry. It will make you uncomfortable. It will make your heart break. It will leave you wrung out. It is a story that will be remembered. It’s a story that will leave its mark.
Courtney Summers introduces a character who has been victimized by not only the boy who raped her, but by her friend who should have stood by her, the community that should have supported her, her parents who should have fought for her, and the law enforcement officials who should have protected her. The author tells her story, and it is real and raw and messy and ugly but it is not without hope.
Romy is fracturing, on the verge of falling apart, but still fighting to keep herself together. She is fragile but has more strength than even she might have realized. But when her former friend Penny goes missing, her disappearance threatens to destroy the tenuous hold she has on herself, her emotions, her self-control.
With everyone in shock and looking for an outlet for their anger and for someone to blame, Romy provides an easy target. She absorbs their hatred without fighting back. She accepts the guilt they say should belong to her. She believes her life’s worth less than that of her former friend.
ALL THE RAGE is an important and well-written and poignant story that promises to incite outrage at what happened to Romy and at how she was treated. It will evoke sympathy for Romy, for Penny, for Leon, for Romy’s mother, and for everyone who was suffering. It will bring you into Romy’s personal hell and allow you to better understand her, make a stronger connection with her, ache for her. And it will leave you feeling as if your every last emotion was run through a cheese grater.
Courtney Summers dug deep to tackle the issues presented in ALL THE RAGE and held nothing back. She created a story that has the potential to open readers’ eyes to the harm in victim blaming, victim shaming, and staying silent, and to get them talking about a subject that they might otherwise shy away from. This is not a light read meant to entertain or serve as an escape, but it is a significant and necessary one.
Courtesy of the publisher, I have a copy of ALL THE RAGE to giveaway to ONE winner – US/Canada ONLY
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY
- There will be ONE winner
- Giveaway ends on May 5th at 11:59 p.m.
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- Winner has 72 hours to respond
- Prize will be sent directly by the publisher
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A Few Stops on the Tour So Far
Apr. 16th – Hollywood the Write Way – Review + Image Quote
Apr. 17th – Books with Bite – Giveaway
Apr. 19th – The Writer Diaries – Review + Giveaway
Apr. 20th – The Windy Pages – Review + Giveaway
Apr. 25th – The Bookshelves – Review
Apr. 26th – Pink Polka Dot Books – Review + Giveaway