If you don’t know the name Courtney Summers, be prepared to get used to hearing it. The Ontario-based author of YA novels including her 2009 debut Cracked Up to Be (a Cybil Award winner) and 2012’s Fall for Anything (a YALSA quick pick) is joining the ranks of superstar authors Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl) and U.S. National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) in having her book selected for Tumblr’s Reblog Book Club.
Publishing this month, All the Rage (St. Martin’s Press/Raincoast), tells the story of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is raped by the local sheriff’s son, and must deal with the emotional, psychological, and social trauma that ensues.
“All the Rage is about rape culture, victim-shaming, and how we fail victims and survivors of sexual violence; a reflection of the world we’re living in now,” Summers told Q&Q via email. “It’s a difficult subject to read about and inspires difficult conversations, but we need to keep those conversations going if we want to see anything change.”
Summers, who only found out about the profile-boosting honour a week before yesterday’s official announcement, is excited to have her book featured in a forum that will allow her to connect directly with her audience.
“The Reblog Book Club is truly one of a kind and it allows authors to engage with readers and readers to engage with the work in a really unique way,” says Summers. “I’ve followed their past book picks and it’s awesome to see so many thoughtful, smart, enthusiastic, and creative readers in one space getting excited about books. I’m so happy All the Rage will get to be a part of that. I’m looking forward to seeing the read-along unfold and the discussion it creates!”