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Thursday, January 29, 2015

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

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All the Rage 
by Courtney Summers

All the Rage is a short novel about the aftermath of rape.  Romy has been raped by the BMOC, but no one believes her.  She has lost her respect, her best friend and her identity.  A tragic event leads Romy to look at herself and what happened to her, and to try to begin to heal.

There is a lot of interpretation necessary in All the Rage.  We only see Romy's point of view on events as they unfold.  If it weren't such heady material, it would be a perfect read for middle school students on inferencing.  It is short and engaging.  

I also really liked that not all of the adults in the book are jerks.  Romy's father is a drunk, but her mother is kind and caring and does her best to help Romy in any way that she can.  Her mother is also involved in a healthy relationship, which is very refreshing!

This would be a good read for teen girls who have been abused.  They can see themselves reflected in Romy and it might help them in the healing process to know that they aren't the only ones who have been in this situation.  Romy makes it out okay, and other girls can too.

Enjoy is the wrong word to use for this book, but I couldn't put it down.  It was hard to read at times, and I admit that I cried.  But when it was over, I felt hopeful and gave my daughter a big hug!


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