by Courtney Summers
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Pub Date: April 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Book Links: Goodreads Amazon Book Depository
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?
My Review: First off, I love when an author takes a tough subject. I love seeing what they can do with it, and its also a make it or break it type of thing. Courtney did such an amazing job. She held nothing back and just bew me away with the writing.
But, at first I wasn't liking the book. It just started off a bit slow and had me all over the place. I'd be reading one character and the next page it would be about another character. Now usually I don't like that much, and in this case I wasn't too thrilled with it. I wanted to know more about the character before chaning to another so quick.
So I continued on and a few more pages in, I was finally hooked, got to know the characters, and just really enjoy the book. The subject the author used is a tough one and an all too real one. Things do happen and I did enjoy the way it was viewed in the book. I won't go too much into detail, since some readers may be sensitive to it. But it really is a fresh new view and one that everyone should read.