Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.
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 name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. 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 after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?
I haven’t read anything by Courtney Summers before, but this premise pulled me right in when I first read it. With everything that’s going on in the news about violence against women, women’s rights, rape on college campuses and how many schools would rather condone it than lose potential future students… I think there is absolutely room in young adult literature for a book like this. I don’t get political about a lot of issues, but this is one that really speaks to me, both as a woman, and as a citizen. The more awareness there is — that can be generated — about how women are being treated on a cultural and institutional level, the better for future generations. Summers’s book has all the makings of being the next Speak, and I think it could prompt a lot of great, necessary, conversation. It also sounds like it’s going to be an emotional read, so I’m preparing myself now.
What are you waiting for this week?