All The Rage by Courtney Summers

All The Rage by Courtney SummersAll The Rage by Courtney Summers
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 14th April 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Publisher
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Rating: five-stars

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 after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

Because teenage girls don’t pray to God, they pray to each other. They clasp their hands over a keyboard and then they let it all out, a (stupid) girl’s heart tucked into another girl’s heart.

I read this book a while ago, was deeply affected by it and have since avoided writing a review for it because I didn’t, and still don’t, have words to put into writing how good All The Rage is. This is a very dark, often upsetting book that honestly puts Courtney Summers onto another level as an author. She is brilliant, unflinching in the subjects she chooses to weave a story around, unafraid of carving out female characters who aren’t always sympathetic or fit the traditional lead girl stereotype, and above all she is completely scathing of the way girls (especially teenage girls) are treated by society.

'It's different for girls,' - queen lyla garrity, speaking the truths that all girls know

‘It’s different for girls,’ – queen lyla garrity, speaking the truths that all girls know

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #181818;">Cath is a Simon Snow fan.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?</span></p>

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”

I read Fangirl on a whim; I’d really enjoyed Eleanor & Park so I was pretty intrigued to see whether Fangirl would be as good. I still prefer Eleanor & Park, mostly because it deals with more serious issues, but Fangirl is, I think, a very cute novel that is so much fun to read.

So Fangirl is basically about a pair of twin sisters who at first seem very different. Cath, our main character, is an introvert with a talent for writing; she is deeply involved with the Simon Snow fandom i.e. the book’s version of Harry Potter, and the novel is interspersed with sections of her own fanfiction. Wren, once as big a fan of Simon Snow as Cath, now enjoys going out, partying and flirting with boys. There’s also romance, within Cath’s real life and in her fanfiction, a love story about Simon i.e. Harry Potter and Baz i.e. Draco Malfoy, which is just the best tbh. Cath’s family also plays a big part in the story – her relationship with her twin sister Wren but also with their father adds more background to an otherwise sweet, light story.

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