During her junior year of high school, Romy was sexually assaulted by Kellan Turner, the sheriff’s son. When she tries to speak out about it, the incident is pushed under the rug by the sheriff himself. To make matters worse, she becomes bullied constantly at school and is called a liar. Now a senior, Romy is still bullied by her classmates. She also lost her best friend, Penny, who is dating Kellan’s brother. Luckily, Romy gets a job at a diner outside of town, where fewer people know her. There, she befriends Leon and they grow feelings for each other.
At her high school, it is a tradition for seniors to throw a huge party at the end of the year. Romy ends up going, and another cruel act is committed against her. The day after the party, Penny is reported missing, and Romy experiences a lot of inner turmoil. She in not sure whether she knows anything that will help find Penny. In addition, she still hasn’t come to terms with what was done to her, and those who harmed her haven’t faced the consequences. Romy is conflicted about what to do. Should she stay quiet and risk other girls getting hurt, or speak out?
All the Rage is definitely a page-turner. It is beautifully-written and fast-paced. The novel reminds me of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, but it is unique in its own way. The ending may seem a little unsatisfying for some readers, but I thought it was realistic. I highly recommend All the Rage. It illustrates what can happen to a person’s psyche when horrible acts are committed against them, and no justice is carried out.