All the Rage
by Summers, Courtney

Branded a liar and bullied after being hurt by the golden-boy son of the town's sheriff, Romy, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, seeks refuge in the diner where she works and faces a difficult choice when another girl is assaulted. Simultaneous eBook.

COURTNEY SUMMERS lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, Please Remain Calm, and All the Rage.

When Romy accused the well-regarded sheriff's son of rape, not only did no one believe her but she became the town pariah. Months later, she lives her life like a shadow, melting into the background to avoid scorn and desperately clinging to any shred of control she can muster, while inside she simmers with fury. When she wakes up next to the highway with her clothes undone and no recollection of how she got there, she is terrified to face the same kind of vitriol from her community a second time, so she keeps quiet. When another girl goes missing the same night, however, Romy slowly realizes that she needs to reveal the painful truth. Summers takes victim-shaming to task in this timely story, and the cruelties not only of Romy's classmates but also the adults she should be able to trust come heartbreakingly to the fore. Romy's breathy internal monologue is filled with bitter indignation, and while the narrative style may require some patience, older teens who like gritty realism will find plenty to ponder. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

In a small town, one girl is raped, and another girl disappears.In the aftermath of her rape, Romy Grey lost her only friend and gained a reputation as a liar and a slit—"[b]ecause 'slut' was just too humanizing, I guess." Beyond the poetic, searing recollection of the rape that opens the book, however, this back story is never directly recounted. Instead, readers stumble with Romy through locker-room viciousness, long shifts at the diner, and constant microaggression from sneering teachers and cruel, powerful Sheriff Turner, the father of her rapist. After an alcohol-soaked party, Romy wakes up bewildered by the side of the road with no memory of the night before. The same day, a popular girl goes missing. Around these twin mysteries runs a tight, unrelenting plot that brings into sharp, brutal relief the difference between reviled Romy and a girl who suffers "a fate no one thinks she deserves." Tough, weary, hurt and scared, Romy makes believably flawed choices, somet imes hurting others and herself. The small, close-knit town of Grebe is a seething cauldron of grudges and loyalties, and each character is not only carefully drawn, but deeply rooted in generations of history. Unflinching and powerful. (Fiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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