Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Macmillan)
Release Date: April 14, 2015
The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy's only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won't now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.
Kayla: First off, thank you so much, Courtney for answering a few questions about All the Rage. I guess I’m curious about this – what was the hardest part about writing a book about rape for teenagers?
Courtney Summers: Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I appreciate it. All of my books explore heavier themes like depression, girl-bullying and suicide. I’m committed to doing the best I can by those topics and so I’m very conscious of my approach. You have to be aware of the larger conversation surrounding these subjects and you have to be aware of what your work is adding to that conversation. Exploring sexual violence and rape culture in All the Rage was no exception. There’s a lot of pressure and it can be hard to write under that kind of pressure—but it’s also very necessary, no matter what audience you’re writing for.
Kayla: What was the most shocking thing that you discovered while doing research for your novel?
Courtney: I think the scariest thing about researching rape culture is how quickly you realize so many people are desensitized to it. There are, of course, so many people who care and who advocate for support of and justice for victims and survivors of sexual violence—and those people give me hope—but I never stopped being shocked when I came across people who were just so apathetic, who couldn’t even find it in themselves to get angry.
Kayla: What is it that you would like readers to take away from All the Rage?
Courtney: When a book is out, it belongs to readers. But I do hope All the Rage will make them angry about rape culture and inspire them to keep the conversation going because we need to keep talking about it if we want anything to change.
Kayla: Thank you so much for your time!
Courtney: Thank you!
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About the Author
Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm.
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