Top Ten Best Mothers In Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Mother’s Day freebie. I decided to go with some of the best mother’s in literature…so here goes!

Marmee- Mrs March- Little Women- How can you not love her? She cares for her four girls so much and is just a wonderful human being ❤

Molly Weasley- Harry Potter– Adorable woman! I love her feisty spirit and devotion to her family.

Lily Potter- Harry Potter– We don’t read nearly enough about her, but from what we do see, we know that she and James loved Harry immensely.

Rosa Hubermann- The Book Thief– A fierce lady but definitely kind at heart.

Mother- The Railway Children- She cares for her children despite the madness going on with her husband.

Natalie Prior- Divergent– Another woman I adore. She tries to protect her children no matter what.

Rosaleen- The Secret Life of Bees– Rosaleen may not be Lily’s mother, in fact, she’s her maid, but she cares for Lily as if she was her own child.

Ma- Room– Ma does everything she can to protect Jack. She devises a plan for them to escape as she wants the best for Jack!

Marilla- Anne of Green Gables– She may not be mother to Anne by birth, but she’s a wonderful adopted mother despite a rocky start.

Romy’s mum- All The Rage– Romy’s mum and boyfriend are supportive throughout the story. I love reading about carers who are actually there for their children.

What did you pick for your Mother’s Day freebie this week? It may not be Mother’s Day in the U.K. but it’s never the wrong time to celebrate mothers!

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All The Rage

All the Rage

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Pan Macmillan

Synopsis:

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. 

Thoughts:

This is the first time that I’ve read a book by Courtney Summers. I have heard so much about her books, but for some reason never really got around to reading them. I will definitely rectify that after reading All The Rage. This book really captured my attention. It was so well written. I can’t believe I’ve missed out on reading this fantastic author!

It’s going to be so hard to review this book because it was a horrible read. However, it was horrible in a gripping way and in an important way. The subject matter is incredibly real, but tough to deal with. Yet, it’s subject matter that should be explored in books because it does happen and I believe needs to be represented.

All The Rage centres around Romy, a young girl who was raped several months before. Romy is being isolated by her peers as they don’t believe the boy (the Sheriff’s son) she accused would do a thing like rape a girl. Romy has lost her friends and her reputation has been damaged. Romy was drinking on the night of the attack and her peers believe it was all Romy’s fault. All The Rage shows the aftermath of the attack and how Romy tries to move on with her life and find herself once more. Romy finds herself surrounded by more drama when her ex best friend Penny visits her and tells her she believes her and needs to speak up about the attack before someone else gets hurt. Penny goes missing and Romy has to find the strength to deal with another tough situation.

I really felt sorry for Romy in this book. She’s not perfect, she’s made mistakes, but I felt so sympathetic for her. I couldn’t believe the way she was treated. Courtney Summers did a great job of making me feel for Romy and absolutely hate her peers who treated her disgustingly. I was thrilled that Romy’s mum and her mum’s boyfriend were so supportive. All too often parents are missing or don’t care in YA fiction, and it’s good to read about supportive adults in the main character’s lives. I also really liked Romy’s boss at work who was so caring and understanding. Leon, a guy that Romy begins to trust was an amazing character too. I really believed in their relationship and loved seeing it grow from strength to strength.

All The Rage is packed full of action, drama, horror and much more besides. I could not stop turning the pages. This book is so real, so raw and SO good. The only thing preventing me from giving it the full five star treatment is that I wanted more resolution with the ending.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars

I absolutely devoured this book. I can’t wait to read more from Courtney Summers!