Courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin
Some people may describe a book as watching car accident as it happens. All the Rage made me feel like I was in the car accident as it was happening.
Romy Grey used to hang out with the “golden” crowd despite being from the wrong side of the tracks. Even when her drunkard father insults the town’s queen bee, the mother of her best friend’s boyfriend, Romy is still embraced by her crowd. Her best friend, Penny, makes sure the group knows that Romy isn’t like her father. However, this changes in one night when one of the golden boys rapes Romy. Ostracized by her old friends, community, and school, Romy takes refuge working in a diner where no one knows her story.
What makes All the Rage stand apart from all abuse/bully books is how Summers gets the readers in Romy’s head. Readers suffer the bullying firsthand and experience how Romy hides her emotions. We see the world through Romy’s eyes. Even the potential love interest is not fully developed, but this is completely relevant to the story. Romy does not allow Leon to get too close, so how is the reader supposed to get to know Leon?
Rage, hatred, and grief will readers’ constant companions. I recommend getting a latte and prepare for an all-nighter of an emotional roller coaster ride.