I'm so happy to welcome Courtney Summers back to The Hiding Spot to chat about her newest novel, All the Rage. I have been a huge fan of Courtney's writing for years and truly love every one of her novels, but it's All the Rage that, for me, has resonated the most. If you've never read a novel from Courtney, now would be a perfect time to start. If you're already a fan, do not miss this new book! Don't forget to check out my other interviews with Courtney, as well as reviews of her books, here.
In which ways would you say All the Rage is like and unlike your other books?
I think a lot of the hallmarks of my fiction are in there—people tend to expect dark and gritty books from me and everything I learned from my previous novels went into this one, so it’s my darkest and grittiest yet. It’s probably one of the most emotional. My long-time readers might be surprised to see supportive, present parents in All the Rage. Parents don’t often get much page-time in my novels. :)
Did a particular person, event, or place inspire this novel?
No particular person or place or a specific event inspired it, but All the Rage is definitely a response to rape culture and victim-blaming and is a reflection of the world we live in now.
It’s word association time! List 5 words that will give readers a brief impression of All the Rage.
Feminist, Girls, Red, Fury, Consequences.
About the Book:
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.
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. Learn more about Courtney at her website: http://courtneysummers.ca/
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