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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

:::5 Stars::: Utterly gripping!

Even better than expected and, after loving Some Girls Are, my expectations were set pretty damn high.

There are writers who tell stories, and then there are those who give their stories a pulse. All The Rage felt alive, and every breath it took was jagged, labored, and suspenseful.

You know all the ways there are to kill a girl? I do.

Courtney Summers knows how to captivate her readers by constructing some of the most flawed characters I’ve come across and boldly placing them in gravely unfortunate circumstances. Yet nothing ever feels over-the-top or put-on.

Her writing has a smooth and natural flow, and maintains an air of sophistication even through its most brutal descriptions. Her beautifully constructed stories beg to be not only read, but emotionally digested. I’ve grown smitten with this author’s unique prose and find myself inhaling her words as easily as air.

The subject matter in this book is dark and intense, dealing largely with rape, abuse, bullying, and all the messy aftermaths. These aren’t spoilers, they are the direct driving forces of this plot. These areas, although vivid and intense, are handled with much respect.

Romy’s anguish was so incredibly raw and real, I felt like I’d somehow swallowed some of it. She suffered a gut-wrentching tragedy and is forced to keep it buried inside—festering and intensifying—because no one has the decency or courage to believe her. Inside herself is where she’ll hide, until she can no longer keep the agony contained.

Although we do gain enough finality, every outcome in this story is not tidy and complete—offering more insinuation and hope, instead. There were a couple areas I would’ve liked to have seen further explored, but overall, this book was beyond fantastic. (And I guess I became greedy by wanting more.)

Courtney Summer’s stories have the “Young Adult” vibes of Gillian Flynn novels, as well as Liane Moriarty’s—which are every bit as powerful and twisted, and seem to peel off the layers of life until only the importance of survival remains.

No, I’m not there … That was a long time ago…and that girl—I’m not her again. I can’t be. I’m in the dirt. I’m on my hands and knees and I’m crawling in it, what I came from. I don’t remember standing, don’t remember ever being a thing that could stand.

If you’re a fan of fast-paced YA thrillers—heavy on the suspense, lighter on the romance—DON’T let this one pass you by…

My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl’s sport, but it’s not. It’s armor.

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Book Stats:

▪  Genre/Category: Thriller/YA
▪  Steam Caliber: Mild
▪ Romance: Takes back seat to plot, but present.
▪  Characters: Broken. Very well fleshed out and believable.
▪  Plot: Surrounds a young girl who quietly suffers a tragedy until she can no longer be silenced. Mystery/suspense
▪ Writing: Superb! Witty, quick, and intense. Fabulous descriptions.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪  Cliffhanger: None/Standalone

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