Romy’s fragile half life crumbles further when she and another girl are reported missing on the same night, and she is the only one who makes it back home. All the Rage is as hard hitting as Speak or Living Dead Girl, and it is just as compelling. It is an unflinching and dark look at the suppression and shame inflicted on a victim of rape, and most readers will find they must continue reading Romy’s story, if only to be a silent witness to her victimization
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?
While I found I could not put this book down, I did have trouble following shifts in the narrative, particularly at the beginning of the book, and several times I had to reread sections. Romy can also be a frustrating character, because of and despite the sympathy she evokes. The ending was surprising, but not altogether satisfying. This is a book that demands conversation, and I think it will be one that high school students will be desperate to discuss. It is an important topic, but this is a book that is going to be controversial for some parents due to the dark, unrelenting tone. Language and situations make this a read for mature high school readers.
This book is available in the MHS library.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.