Monday, 30 March 2015

Blog Tour: ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers

Book: All The Rage 

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: Raincoast Books

Publication Date: April 14th, 2015

Pages: 336 Pages

Format: ARC provided by the publisher

Source: Raincoast Books

Where to Buy: Amazon CA, Book Depository, Chapters Indigo
Check out ALL THE RAGE on the Raincoast Website!

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?

All the Rage hit me hard, right in the feels. It was raw, unapologetic, and It wasn't scared to knock you out. I think that's what made me love this one so much. It's such a great story with real and palpable characters that are in situations that are just far too real, and the fact that Courtney Summers didn't hide behind anything was really great and really refreshing to read. This was my first Courtney Summers read, and man, I can't wait for my next one.

One of my favourite parts about All the Rage, was that Romy felt like someone that I could have gone to school with, or probably went to school with. She's such a contemporary character that brought this sense of unedited reality to the story. While I was reading, I kept thinking about how I could have passed a Romy in the halls - Lipstick and Nailpolish included. She was the real driving force behind the book, and there were some lines that just had my heart break. I wanted to just hold her, and protect her from everyone. She got close to me, and I just don't know how i'm going to let go.

This book does deal with a lot of dark and gritty subject matter, and I think that characters like Romy helped facilitate that conversation. Had Romy been less real, I wouldn't have believed her story. But Courtney Summers did such an amazing job of writing Romy's world to be just as raw and unforgiving as she was. Romy's life is filled with disappointments and tragedies, and the fear that she feels is so relatable, and so palpable. The subject matter in this book did not dictate the story, or even categorize it. While there are so many books that are simply just books about sexual abuse and assault, All the Rage stands out. It's not just another book, it's a character's story, and it's so amazing to read something like this.

Courtney Summers has blown me away not only with her characters, but with her writing as well. There were parts when I look down, and when I looked back up again, I had been reading for well over an hour. And there were some parts that packed such a punch, I had to walk away for a few minutes. I was so impressed by her writing and I cannot wait to dive into more of her works.

All the Rage is a story that hits hard, and doesn't apologize for it. It tell's Romy's story, and it gives you the good, the bad, and the ugly, whether or not you wanted it. And I can tell that this will stay with me for a long time. 

4.5/5 stars.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you want to keep up with the rest of the blog tour, check out where the next stops are! Thanks for Raincoast Books for setting all of this up and providing ARCs!

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time, happy reading!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Review: Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up by Grace Helbig

Book: Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up

Author: Grace Helbig

Publisher: Touchstone Books

Pages: 224 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Gifted to be by my Brother for Christmas!

"One of the sharpest, funniest voices on YouTube" (Forbes), comedian Grace Helbig offers an irreverent and illustrated guide to life for anyone faced with the challenge of growing up.
Face it—being a young adult in the digital era is one of the hardest things to be. Well, maybe there are harder things in life…but being an adult is difficult! So Grace Helbig has written a guide that’s perfect for anyone who is faced with the daunting task of becoming an adult.
Infused with her trademark saucy, sweet, and funny voice, Grace’s Guide is a tongue-in-cheek handbook for millennials, encompassing everything a young or new (or regular or old) adult needs to know, from surviving a breakup to recovering from a hangover. Beautifully illustrated and full-color, Grace’s Guide features interactive elements and exclusive stories from Grace’s own misadventures—like losing her virginity solely because her date took her to a Macaroni Grill—and many other hilarious lessons she learned the hard way.
Amusing and unexpectedly educational, this refreshing and colorful guide proves that becoming an adult doesn’t necessarily mean you have to grow up.

Grace Helbig is not only one of my favourite YouTubers, but one of my favourite comedians. I think that she's relatable, and her self deprecating humor always leaves me clutching my sides. She is hilarious, and this book is such a great amalgamation of her personality. This book is not only filled with funny lists, many of which I tabbed to recall at a later date, but these stories that made her audience realize that she is a human, and that she, like the rest of us, screws up. 

The Book starts out on a great note, with a foreword from her brother, Tim, who has shown up on her videos on multiple occasions. Guys, the book starts out with a POKEMON REFERENCE. Needless to say, I basically started crying laughing. And this set the tone, something funny yet insanely meaningful that tells Grace's story. 

There are sections on dealing with hangovers, on travelling, being in relationships, and so many other tips and anecdotes that never felt the slightest bit preachy. It felt as if you were sitting with your anxiety ridden older sister who was double fisting rum and cokes and talking to you because she doesn't want to spend the holidays explaining her life choices to relatives. Get it? I hope so. 

Grace's Guide is a hilarious, meaningful, and brutally honest, whether you wanted it or not. It's a book that came to me at just the right time, and I feel like it was a gift from a pretty drunk God. Grace Helbig is unapologetically herself, and her humor is infectious. This was one hell of a ride, and would recommend this to everyone, because it doesn't matter who you are, no one's got a handle on life. 
5/5 Stars. Loved it.