Parents' Guide to

All the Rage

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Powerful story about an isolated rape victim's struggles.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Enlightening

I read this for the first time a little over a year ago, completely falling in love with it, I recommended it to a few friends, accidentally giving it to someone who was heading off to uni. So when I managed to get a hold of another copy I was delighted to go an re-read it. The difference being when I read it back in late 2017, I had not experienced what Romy had. Yes, I felt angry, yes it was excruciating as I followed along with her story feeling every beat she did, but that was just it; I felt everything for her, I was feeling sympathetic not empathetic. Flash forward to 2018 I look at Romy's story in a completely new light, I knew exactly how she felt and it pained me to continue reading because, I know what it's like to feel like that. I no longer feel like the outsider to the story. I now understand why Romy didn't lash out at Kellan like I wanted her to back when I was sixteen, and why she didn't lash out at Tina - at least in the beginning and despite the people you love most believing you, sometimes it just isn't enough. Whilst I do believe this is of educational value, I don't believe anyone under the age of at least fifteen should be reading it as many of the situations that occur are starting to become common place for people that age. - Particularly for British audiences. Parties with heavy drinking and casual sex aren't common for a bunch of twelve to thirteen-years-olds. The back of the book says 'for mature readers' for a reason.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Author Courtney Summers' unflinching look at the horror of not being believed after a rape is difficult to read. All the more so because Summers doesn't pander to readers by making Romy's violent encounter a run-in with a masked stranger. No, her attacker is the Big Man on Campus, a guy she openly liked and desired.

Romy's story arc doesn't come with pat solutions to the anxiety, isolation, and outright cruelty she has faced in the aftermath of accusing her rapist. Although she starts to fall for Leon, a 19-year-old graphic designer and part-time diner cook who does stop touching her when she asks him to, Romy struggles to overcome the shame she feels about her body. Terrible things happen to and around her; she isn't a senior with hopes of a good college and a vision for a sunny future. Nonetheless, Summers makes you ache for Romy's nearly perpetual sadness and cheer for her to find happiness and healing.

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