All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: April 14th, 2015
No. of Pages: Hardcover, 312 pages
Synopsis & Review:
Trigger warning: Rape
In 2015, a lot of people kept saying that the Young Adult world needs more diverse books and I cannot agree more. Even though there is a huge surge in Young Adult books with LGBT+ characters, I honestly think that diversity means more. It is not just the LGBT+ community that requires more attention from young readers, but minorities and victims also need more representation in the literary world.
Courtney Summers’ All the Rage follows the tragic story of Romy as she faces the heartbreaking consequences of telling a truth that no one wants to hear. When she was raped by the sheriff’s son, a person with high status in the town, it is not hard to imagine that people will not believe her. However, what is hard to imagine is the exact extend of the effects of people not listening to her and turning her into an utterly powerless nothing.
It is certainly incredible to read from a rape victim’s point of view. Being a female myself, I would definitely agree that being raped is something that scares me a lot but I have never quite imagined all the psychological consequences of being raped. It is difficult to understand what rape victims feel when you are not one yourself. As a result, I definitely appreciate the effort of Courtney Summers as All the Rage certainly makes it way easier to understand rape victims from now on.
However, I do believe that All the Rage can bring more to the table by focusing more on the immediate aftermath of being raped rather than on people not believing the rape victim. The latter theme is certainly important as it reflects the society’s trend on blaming the victim for dressing too little, drinking too much etc. and people’s reluctance in listening to the weak. On the other hand, All the Rage would be even more emotionally powerful if Courtney Summers talk about the instant consequence of being raped. Of how Romy comes to term with this horrifying incident herself and try to move on with her life. There are clearly more stuff that the author can cover in this novel.
This book alone is certainly not enough to educate people but it is definitely a great step to raising awareness and changing people’s mindset towards rape victims. All the Rage by Courtney Summers certainly conveys the important message of stop thinking that she was asking for it because nobody is asking to be raped. Ever.
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