All the Rage

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Powerful story about an isolated rape victim's struggles.

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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.

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