Books

All The Rage by Courtney Summers | Review

28 March, 2015


My Thoughts

If I could get away with saying All The Rage by Courtney Summers is amazing and leave it at that, I would.  But doing that probably won’t really convince you to go and add the book to your ‘must read’ list and really, you should.  All The Rage by Courtney Summers is a book ripped right from some of the headlines we see pretty much everyday surrounding rape and sexual assault.

 But All The Rage isn’t just about the actual acts of rape and sexual assault; rather it’s about about the culture that surrounds it.  At times the book is brutal, haunting, unflinching and just as powerful as the news reports we read and hear about all too often.  Courtney Summers gets teenage girls, she understands teen politics, she understands small town mentalities, class prejudice and bullying.  She has taken all of that and poured it all into All The Rage with a stunning dose of humanity and compassion that you don’t find in many books no matter what the topic.  Courtney Summers has managed to create a book that is so raw and real that you will find it on many ‘best of…’ lists this year.

Lets face it, rape and sexual assault aren’t easy topics to write about, but Courtney Summers has tackled these subjects with such skill that it is astounding.  For me, it’s not often that I read a book more than once, but All The Rage is a book that made me do just that.  This stunning indictment of rape and the culture that surrounds it is the kind of book that sticks with you and fundamentally changes the way you look at things.  All The Rage is a book, that once you read it, can’t be unread and likewise you as the reader won’t ever look at the issue of rape culture the same way again.  And that my friends is a good thing.

All The Rage, for me is a ‘must read’.  In fact I would go so far as to say that All The Rage by Courtney Summers, should join Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher on a list of required reading found in all high schools.

But don’t just take my word for it.  Be sure to stop on by the other tour hosts to hear their take on this amazing book.

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