All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Tour run by St. Martin’s Press
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Hi guys! I’m extremely stoked to be a part of the All the Rage blog tour! This was my first venture into Courtney Summers’ work, and I’m super glad I gave this book a chance, because I ended up absolutely loving it!

The Book

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

published on April 14th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
young adult | contemporary | abuse | thriller

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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 in a culture that refuses to protect them.

Review

Essential Items When Reading All the Rage:

1. One stress ball (two could work, but you’ll need your other hand to flip pages. Duh.)This book will make you so angry at how horrible some people can be. You’ll want to scream, kick a brick, bite the head off a gummy bear… You get my point. The stress ball will help during these moments.

2. A box of tissues – I don’t know about the next guy, but this book made me tear up. You’ll cry because you’re going to want the best for the main character, but maybe she doesn’t always get it. Maybe she’ll be broken, and so will you. Just maybe.

3. A couch with fluffy cushions and/or your bed – This is important for when you’re done reading the book. You’re going to need a good place to lie down and think about life and how much you loved this book. Trust me, it’s essential.

All the Rage Preparation Checklist (AKA Fabulous Things to Be Excited about):

1. An admirable protagonist–check. Romy’s been through (and is still going through) a lot of shit in her life, and she feels that she believes what the people say: that she’d be better off dead. Despite that, Romy kept moving on. She’s such a broken girl, a mix of your favorite and most despised characters all in one, which is just the way I like it. You guys are going to root for this one, for sure.

2. An honest story–check. Sometimes people lie. But sometimes people tell the truth. And sometimes, people don’t believe them. You’re not going to love all of the characters in this book. In fact, you’re going to loathe a lot of them, but for all the right reasons. You’re going to hate people for being so close-minded and judgmental. You’re going to hate them for not giving other people a chance.

3. A fabulous mystery–check. Not sure if you got the memo, but this book has murder in it too. Okay, maybe you’ll see the twist coming once we get closer to the big reveal, but every page will keep you on your toes. YOU CAN’T TRUST ANYONE, OKAY?

4. A beautiful family–check. I just love Romy’s parents! They’re attentive to Romy, and they really do want what’s best for her. Plus I totally love how her mom and step-dad are super cute together. (I’d totally read a spin-off about them. Courtney, I hope you can see my uncontrollable winking!)

5. A sweet romance–check. I was not expecting this to have a romance (you’ll get why when–when, not if–you start this), but I was pleasantly surprised by it! Leon was such a fantastic love interest. He was sweet, caring, and best of all, really considerate of Romy’s situation.

6. All the feels–check. Anger. Swoons. Depression. Joy. This book has it all, folks.

*The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because I had trouble with the then vs. now parts. It was hard for me to tell (despite the chapters clearly stating them) which events were currently happening and which happened before.

So the gist of this review is that YOU NEED TO BUY THIS BOOK, AND YOU NEED TO BUY IT NOW. Or else I won’t let you ride my magical pony.

4 stars

The Author

Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers
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Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm. 

Giveaway

This giveaway is open to US residents only–sorry, INTL readers!

  • 1 physical copy of ALL THE RAGE

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Are you interested in reading this book? Do you like books that deal with tough but timely issues?

About Aimee

Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.

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56 thoughts on “Review + Giveaway: All the Rage by Courtney Summers / “A Fabulous Must-Read”

  1. I didn’t realize this was a bit of a murder mystery, too! I mean, I was planning to read it anyway considering all the good things I’ve been hearing about it — but now I’m just that more excited for it. :) I can see why you’d struggle with the past/present sort of style, though; I’m personally not very fond of that way of telling a story, but hopefully it’ll work for me. Lovely review. :)

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    1. Me neither, so all the bonus points! ;D It was weird since the ‘past’ chapters were all in the beginning, but sometimes it seemed like the narrator was talking about the present. >_<

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  2. Ooh, I’ve heard about this one but you just made me even more interested in it. *grabs stress ball* I quite like then/now books, so possibly I’ll like that more? Still, MURDER. HOW WONDERFUL.

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  3. Hmmm seems like there’s a lot going on with this novel. I usually avoid books that deal with heavy topics mainly because they LITERALLY drag me down. But I’m willing to make an exception for this book especially since I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by this author!

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    1. This was my first Courtney Summers book too. >_< I plan to read all her books if I can. I also tend to shy away from heavy books, but this one was pretty amazing.

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  4. I’m glad to see that this book ended up a real big impression with you too Aimee, I’ve only read one of Summer books previously and I was thinking about it or days afterwards, and this was certainly the case with this book too. I have to agree with all the points you’ve made too, I adored Romy’s family and the unexpected romance that cropped up! I can’t wait to read more from Summers soon!

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    1. I’m definitely going to pick up more of her books. It sounds like all her works are ones that you’ll day dream about for days after! <3 The family and the romance were both such adorable aspects. :)

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  5. Aimee!!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I love your review. You have enumerated points that makes me wanna get a copy ASAP. The honest part is very true. (Plus, I love that there’s also a mystery part!) Yes, people lie, but people also tell the truth. AND NOBODY WOULD BELIEVE THEM! It’s quite depressing! I’m really excited for this because I read bits of Cracked up to be. I would love to read more from Courtney.

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    1. You definitely need to get a copy ASAP, Carmel! Such a wonderful and honest read, this one. :) Definitely–it was horrible seeing how people belittled Romy’s honestly. :( And good luck with the giveaway!

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  6. Eeeek I am so excited about reading this one! I cannot wait to be thrown into yet another awesome world of Summers’. Love the new style of review! <33

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  7. Ahhh I’m so dying to read this one, Aimee! I have seen some posts on tumblr and they make me so excited for the story. It sounds like a very inspiring one. I hope there will be more books like this in the future :)

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    1. Yes, you’re going to love this, Kezia! :) And I really hope that more authors will write about topics like this, and that they’d do it as realistically as Summers does. <3

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  8. I want to ride the magical pony! Aka I will read this. Great review, Aimee! I want to feel all the feels!! I’ve only read one Courtney Summers book (This is Not Test) and looooved it – it was a zombie book, ha.

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  9. A stress ball AND tissues? oh shit, that does not bode well for my stomach lining. *sigh* I love this author. I’ve only read one other book by Summers (TEN) but I absolutely loved it. So need to pick this up, ASAP. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!!

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    1. I think you got the authors mixed up… Isn’t Ten written by Gretchen McNeil? ;) Anyway, yes, you totally need this book! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  10. All the Rage was my first venture in Courtney Summer category too Aimee, but it definitely won’t be my last. I loved reading this book but my reading experience with it was emotionally and mentally exhausting. All The Rage gives you just that, all the rage. The anger I felt reading this one was unparalleled to anything else I’ve felt before. Thank you for the honest review Aimee, I hope it inspires others to give this one a chance.

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    1. I was definitely really tired after reading it as well. Everyone was just so horrible, and it’s even worse knowing some girls in real life experience this. :( Thanks, Lily!

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  11. Thank you for the review. I’ve heard so many good things about this book I can’t wait to read it! You *must* read more of her books! I really enjoyed This is Not a Test.

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  12. Yaay yaayyy I really liked this book as well – it’s one of those novels that always stay with you. I also loved how the author challenges victim blaming and stereotypes, loved reading every part of your wonderful review! I also loved the romance as well, it’s really great how diverse this novel is too. The open ending bothered me a tiny bit, I needed a better ending that left me satisfied.

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    1. So glad to hear that, Benish! It’s definitely one of those books that will keep you awake all night thinking about it. The romance was a lovely addition to this story. :) I actually really liked the ending… Open endings are a hit or miss with me, and I’m glad to say that this one worked out perfectly for me. :)

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  13. This sounds so, so good Aimee! I mean a book with not only a solid mystery and all the feels but one with actual legit family dynamics too?!? I am so in. ;) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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  14. Haha, this review was way too good! My favorite part was probably “You’ll want to scream, kick a brick, bite the head off a gummy bear….” Lol!

    I guess I better buy this book ASAP so I can ride your magical pony!

    Julia Anne

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  15. I’ll definitely check this one out because I loved your review! I like reading books that deal with tough issues because they’re very eye-opening and powerful. Books like that always give me new perspective regarding social issues people are facing nowadays.

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    1. You should definitely read this, Inah! I just spotted a copy in Fully Booked when I was there earlier. ;) Definitely! A lot of them are really making me more sympathetic to the people who’re experiencing all kinds of judgement and pain.

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  16. I really wonder how I didn’t know about this book until now!It’s exactly my type of story and I can see that I am going to love it just after reading the blurb.Plus I am a huge fan of tough concepts and realistic portrayal of issues.
    Btw,I love your review Aimee!

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    1. Yes, it’s a wonder! o_o Hopefully you’ll end up really enjoying this and that you learn something from it, too. :) Thanks so much, Mishma!

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  17. This book sounds so powerful from the reaction that it evokes, all of the feels and the hate of the people that make it horrible for Romy! I love the sound of the rest of the elements though, this book has everything! I didn’t expect it to have murder actually, or even romance. Great review Aimee <3

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  18. Oooh what an intriguing mystery! I love the fact that it elicited so many different emotions from you Aimee, that is definitely a sign of a brilliant book. Romy sounds so strong despite what she has to go through. And I’m sure those stress balls will come in handy – I can’t handle awful people ugh!

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  19. I LOVED this book. I actually didn’t need a stressball. There was a lonely pencil sitting on my desk. look on the bright side, now there are two. This book made me so angry because Romy wasn’t. She was almost… out of it. I felt so bad for her because she was so confused and hurt and putting herself in the other girl’s shoes and just FEELs. I couldn’t do it without crying so good call on the tissues.

    AWesome post!!!

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  20. OoooOOOooo. I had seen people FLAILING about this book on Twitter, and I had never heard of it before. The plot sounds intriguing, and everything else that you pointed out has me pretty interested in this book, Aimee! Also: I love the layout of this review. It is so unique and absolutely golden <3

    I love books that make me hate people, because it just comes SO EASILY TO ME. If you like that feeling: I suggest THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE and NONE OF THE ABOVE. Both had me RAGING at people for being so completely ridiculous. SO I can tell I will like that part of this book ;D

    Thank you for reviewing this, and bringing it to my attention, lovely <3

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    1. Yes! There was some buzz for this when it first came out, but definitely not enough! And thanks so much. ;D
      I enjoy raging as well! I’ve already read None of the Above and it was brilliant! I think The Truth About Alice’s on my TBR. :)

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  21. I want this so bad! I’ve heard raving reviews – and then some mixed. I guess I can understand their perspective, though.

    Still – Courtney Summer’s writing is SO GOOD.

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    1. Personally I adored this, so I hope you do as well. :D

      I haven’t read her other works, but if I base my thoughts on this book, then Courtney’s writing is FANTASTIC.

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