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All the RageAll the Rage by Courtney Summers (Macmillan Children's Books, 28 January 2016)

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Courtney Summers is incredible. Her writing is incisive, powerful, startling. The only other book I've read of hers is her debut, CRACKED UP TO BE (published in 2008), which I also enjoyed, but her writing has come a long way since then. ALL THE RAGE is sickeningly honest, and that's obviously meant as a compliment to Summers. I don't know how she does it. How she carves the truth onto every page of fiction.

Romy Grey was raped by Kellan Turner, one of the sheriff's sons. No one believes her, because everyone knows she wanted him. She's lost her best friend, Penny, the most popular girl in school. They all bully her now and call her a liar and a slut and worse. She finds a job out of town where no one will know about what happened to her, and it's there that she meets Leon. Leon likes her, and she likes him back, but nothing can be so simple as that anymore, and it's a struggle to keep him separate and distant from everything else in her life. But when Penny goes missing after the biggest party of the year and Romy wakes up on the side of the road with no memory of the night before, things get even more complicated and Romy finds it increasingly difficult to keep her life from unravelling further.

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Cracked Up to BeCracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers (St Martin's Griffin, 23 December 2008)

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knew I would like Courtney Summers' books the moment I stumbled upon them on Goodreads. Unlikeable heroines? Unapologetically honest portrayals of real issues? SIGN ME UP. And I totally loved CRACKED UP TO BE.

Meet Parker Fadley, our unlikeable heroine. Everyone thinks she's a bitch. She used to be perfect: cheerleading captain, straight A student, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school. Now she's single, getting drunk all the time, failing all her classes and no longer on the cheerleading team. Something horrible happened, and Parker doesn't know how to cope with that. With the fact that it's all her fault. With the fact that she's not perfect anymore.

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