Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on April 14th 2015
Genres: Abuse, Contemporary, Light Romance, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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.Amazon •
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?
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language, Sexual Content, Underage Drinking, Drugs, Mention of Rape
“He reaches over and squeezed my hand, startling me with his sweetness. But just because something starts out sweet doesn’t mean it won’t put itself so far past anything you could call sweet anymore. And if it all starts like this, how do you see what’s coming?”
I do have to start by saying the back blurb really doesn’t describe the story properly. The main story doesn’t even involve Kellan Turner but his younger brother, Alek, and Alek’s best “friend” Brock. It always aggravates me when the blurbs are nothing like the book!
Romy is a broken girl hiding behind a mask of red lipstick and nail polish that she religiously re-applies any time there’s a smudge or a chip. She marches into school everyday knowing she’s going to face the same people who accuse her of lying about being raped. She’s the daughter of the town drunk. She lives on that side of town. Kellan is the sheriff’s son and from a rich family. Romy’s just trying to get attention, right?
Alek is the younger son of the sheriff and is from the rich side of town. He’s also the boyfriend of the missing girl and his favorite pastime is bullying Romy. What is really aggravating is that most of his bullying is done indirectly.
Brock is from the same side of town as Romy, but he acts like a slave or a guard dog so Alek keeps him around to do his dirty work- from bullying Romy to picking up pizza.
The story begins completely tangled and truthfully the first two chapters are a bit of a mess, but once you get past those the flow evens out. It takes place a year after Romy is raped and now living with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. Romy’s mother is defiantly a character I did not like- first because of Romy’s situation with her father and then her mother’s reaction to the rape.
Several events happen that have Romy questioning just where she stands among the community. If she were missing, who would be searching for her? Who would be the people too devastated to attend school? Who would rally the troops to search for her and search again?
It should have been you.
There is a romantic interest, but the book is less about the romance and more about the fear of starting a relationship built on Romy’s lies and brokenness. She meets Leon working in the diner where no one knows her past, and by wearing her red mask she becomes someone else and leaves “that” girl behind.
Overall, All the Rage is a haunting novel that is worthy of its title. The female lead struggles not to lose herself while the community tears her to pieces, and the main villain is a man sworn to protect and serve. I recommend All the Rage to readers interested sociological/abuse stories and mysteries since a major part of the story is based around finding the missing girl.