Romy Grey is an outcast. After she revealed the truth about an incident with the Sheriff’s famed son, Kellan Turner, she was deemed a liar. Romy was cast aside by everyone around her, including family. Now she is constantly bullied by former friends. From now on she is keeping her problems to herself because there is no one who would ever believe her or be able to help.
She does her best to continue on with life after the incident. She works at a diner on the outskirts of town and buckles up to bear with the suffering at school. While she is at work, someone Romy knows visits her to let her know that Kellan has assaulted another victim in a town nearby. Romy leaves work immediately. Meanwhile, the town is in upheaval because a girl who knows both Romy and Kellam goes missing. Romy must now decide whether breaking her silence on all these problems surrounding the missing girl is worth the cost. Will people believe her this time?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
All the Rage is hard to describe. The title is fitting, though as Romy's rage screams from the page. As a reader, I was outraged, too. I couldn’t believe how cruel people were and how Romy suffered because of them. It really opened my eyes. Everyone seemed like a real person, each with their own flaws. They weren’t stereotypical characters like you find in other books. The book presents a problem today’s society faces quite often: being able to share traumatizing experiences. Romy told the truth once before and no one believed her. Because of that, she held back on revealing anything to anyone. I would add that I did get confused by the direction of the plot. This is a book I recommend for readers 16 and older.
NOTE: Despite the low reading level, this book is for students high school age or older.
The story is compelling, and readers will not only find themselves invested in Romy and her life but also thinking about their own. This is a book that begs to be discussed with teens. All teens, not just girls.
The subject of sexual assault and rape are part of the story. Our teen reviewer also noted that there is strong, mature language and themes not intended for young audiences.
This is a young adult novel that has a very real, contemporary feel and explores issues of gender acceptance, stereotypes, and hard choices. This is a high interest / low readability recommendation for teens and young adults.
Teens are likely to see "real life" in much of this story. It is well designed for discussing a number of issues, including grief, healthy relationships, personal safety, among others.
15 and Up
13 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Borrow. This is a powerful, must-read for teens. It may not be a book you want to keep forever, though.