Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

I can't even begin to talk about my feelings for this book. Because I have a lot. I started reading it last night, thinking I should read just a little bit, but then I could not stop. Not for a moment. So I had to stay up until three am to finish it. And it was so worth it. This book was beautiful. And so heartbreaking.

This book made me feel so much. So much anger. So much sadness. But it also made me happy at times, as some good things do happen to Romy. But there is mostly pain. And it is so real, because I can relate to all that awful bullying and it hurts my heart. Yet I loved reading about it so much. It's so good.

The cover for All the Rage is so stunning. Especially the red nails and red lips, because it fit with the main character. Romy is such an amazing person to read about. I adored her so much. Though I didn't really get the obsession with the red lips, as I wouldn't have been able to do it all the time, but I also understood why she needed it, why she felt better with it on. And she's just so amazing. Sigh. I loved reading about her mom, though I wish her mom had done a bit more. Had tried a bit more. But she also did try. And she is there for Romy. And I just adored her. And her step dad, Todd. He was awesome too and I loved the details we got to know about them both. So exciting and different. So much love. Curious about her dad, though.

I don't read many contemporaries. I tend to not like the high school drama and such. And there is school in this one. But I had to read it. Because it is Courtney. And because it sounded so damn good. I'm so glad I read it. Because it broke my heart so much and I loved it. I even loved the school things. Despite all the awful people who were treating Romy so badly. It made my heart hurt so much. Sobs. Yet I loved reading about it at the same time. It hurt so badly, but it was so real, and I enjoyed it so much. Sigh.

I'm not sure how to describe the plot of this book. It's so much. And it's so good and so interesting. It is the story of a girl dealing with having been raped. A girl dealing with being told she lied. A girl dealing with the awful people who don't believe her. And it is so heartbreaking. And so perfect. I loved reading about it all. Because Romy is such an amazing main character. I adored her so much. And my heart hurt for her at all times. But she's also so strong. She did some stupid things, but I still loved her so so much.

Most of this book is so sad and it made me so so angry. People can be so cruel and mean. Even the damn Sheriff. Hmph. I do not approve. But it also felt so real. Sigh. But there are also some happy parts. There is the new boy, Leon. Whom Romy works with. And he is so cute. And he likes her. And he tries so hard. And she sort of uses him but she also cares for him and I adored reading about them together, despite all the hurt. And his family is the best. I adored his sister. So sweet. I just really liked Leon.

But then there are all the other characters. I won't be talking about them all. But oh. They were so awful. And it broke my heart. Tina was such an evil girl. Yet she was still awesome to read about. How mean. I'm still unsure about Penny. I think I would have loved her a year before. Before she didn't believe Romy. Before their friendship ended. Sniffs. But then she did some stupid things and I did not approve. But at the same time I did like her a little bit. Maybe. Wishing she had done a lot more about things, though.

Then there were those awful boys. I cannot. There were so many of them. Brock was so cruel. I did not like him at all. And Alek. He was so evil too. But then he was so heartbroken when his girl went missing, and I'm still not sure I believe he was being honest about being so sad. Still, he was an awful boy. The summary mentions Kellan. But we do not get to see him. And I'm so happy about that. There are some awful flashbacks, though. Sobs. My heart. But yeah. Just hearing about Kellan was bad enough for me.

There is so much I could say about All the Rage. But I think I've written a whole bunch already, lol. Just. I really liked this book. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I'm so glad I read it. The writing is, as always, stunning. Courtney is amazing. I enjoyed the ending of this book. Though, like Courtney's previous books, I do think it could have been a little bit longer. Hmph. But I loved it even so. I just really liked this book. I think All the Rage is important. So important. Despite all that awful heartbreak. Sobs.

I shall have you know that I adore Courtney Summers. She is such a sweet and kind person and I just really like her. Plus she writes amazing books. <3 So happy that I re-read This is Not a Test then got to read Please Remain Calm, and then All the Rage right after. <3 Feels so good to read a bunch of books by a favorite author and love them all. I will be reading her previous books too, pretty soon I think. So excited for them all. And so excited for any upcoming books she might have planned. I cannot wait.

All the Rage is a different book. And I loved every moment of it. There is mentions of blood and periods and I loved it. So real and honest. And pretty awful too, lol. There is the sweetest black boy. Leon. And I adored him so damn much. Sigh. He was so awesome. There is a bunch of awful men doing what they want without getting any punishment for it. It hurt my heart. But it was all so real. This whole book is so real. And I loved reading all of it. Thank you for writing this stunning book, Courtney. <3 I loved it so.

You should all read this book. Because All the Rage is heartbreakingly amazing. There is so much pain and hurt. But there are also some hopeful and sweet moments and I loved every moment of it. I loved this book to pieces. And I think all of you would too. Because All the Rage is so real. It is so honest. And it's awful. Yet so perfect at the same time. This book is sad. Yet so beautiful. I hope you will all read this book when it comes out in April. It's worth the pain. Huge thank you to St. Martin's Griffin for approving my request on Netgalley to read this beautiful book. I will be searching for a print edition of it too :)


  1. I'm pretty surprise that you enjoy this one, C. It's not your typical read, but I guess that says a lot about how much you love Ms. Summers. :)

    I'm dying to read this one!

  2. So happy to hear you read and loved this one since I know you don't read many contemporaries!
    I have it requested on NetGalley so I hope I'll get approved for it too!

  3. So glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Carina! I haven't read a Courtney Summers books, and I really should I've heard they are all packed with emotion. Fantastic review!

  4. You're really selling this. I can tell you loved it tremendously from your review, and it does say a lot in its favor that you're not even generally a contemporary fan. I generally can't really read books where main characters are dealing with rape, but are there other Courtney Summers books that you'd recommend? You seem to love her so I'd like to give her a try!

    Great review, Carina. <3.

    1. (This is Layla from TMG, sorry! Forgot to log into the right account.)

  5. Ahhhh. I'm so glad you got to read this one, Carina! I know how excited you'd been. But I'm 100% I won't want to read it now lol. Not a *me* book at all :D

    Excellent review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. Aw, I've heard such good things about this one! I've had Courtney's This Is Not a Test for ages, but haven't gotten around to reading yet. I'm so glad you loved it Carina!! :D


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