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Rage: A Love Story

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intense read about an abusive lesbian relationship.

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Written with obvious good intentions, the story sinks beneath its own weight. Rage takes on so many horrors at once that the main story of the romance between two teenage girls is almost lost. The violence and language are undoubtedly true to the situation of the teen twins who live with their addict mother and her abusive boyfriend. The issues include parental deaths, estrangement from her only sibling over her sexuality, drug abuse, autism, poverty, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, and finally murder.
There are really no clues given about why Johanna tolerates the intense physical abuse, and younger readers may have trouble believing anyone would stay in this relationship. What little redemption there is comes nearly too late: The last 30 pages or so attempts to neatly wrap everything up, with both girls getting therapy and recognizing their problems.

Book Details

  • Author: Julie Anne Peters
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication date: September 8, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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