Every once in a while there comes a book that you wish you’d written yourself. A book you want to read again immediately after finishing because you need to keep it in your life a little longer, or unlock its secrets, or savor the brilliance… Whatever the reason may be, all you know is that this is a book you will not be able to forget, ever. It is a book you want to share with friends and strangers. A book that has made such an impact on you that you want it to wedge its sharp corners into everyone else, too.
This book for me is All the Rage by Courtney Summers. And you are in luck: It is on sale TODAY.
I’ve been a fan of Courtney’s work since we connected over our blogs—this very blog here—and I have loved each and every one of her books (and I was honored to even be asked to blurb one! the ferocious, gripping, and glorious This Is Not a Test), and it’s always difficult to shine a light on just one of a favorite author’s books.
But All the Rage is my most favorite Courtney Summers novel yet.
Here is the jacket copy…
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 past there. 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.
But let me tell you in my own words…
This is an important book. This is a book we need, in YA and in the world. This is a book by one of the best YA writers of our time, at the height of her talents.
Do not miss this book. Go out and buy it this week if you can. Then come back and tell me what you think about it.