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Rage: A Love Story

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,901 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
A National Book Award Finalist offers an intense portrait of an abusive relationship.

Johanna is steadfast, patient, reliable; the go-to girl, the one everyone can count on. But always being there for others can’t give Johanna everything she needs—it can’t give her Reeve Hartt.

Reeve is fierce, beautiful, wounded, elusive; a flame that draws Johanna’s fluttering moth. Johann
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ebook, 304 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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April
Aug 14, 2012 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, romance
It wasn't so much that reading this was painful for me, it was the fact that it seemed like such a rough, tiring journey for nothing. I'll quote Ketchum: '...despite Rage being a painfully realistic portrayal of abuse, and the darker side of LGBT culture, this book left me with a bad taste in my mouth.' It's the same thoughts I felt after the novels completion.

The premise is already thick with deleterious possibilities: a compassionate 18-year-old Johanna, besieged by tragedies of loss and wave
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Melissa
Originally posted at Sweet Treats & Thrilling Tales

I can’t lie. Rage is a very difficult book to read. It would be difficult for anyone to read even if they haven’t been in any sort of an abusive relationship. But for someone who has been in an abusive relationship, it’s extremely difficult. However, Julie Anne Peters writes with such a poetic grace that you cannot help but be sucked in.

Reeve is probably the most realistic character of the book. Her pain is real and obvious. She hates what s
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elissa
Apr 24, 2010 elissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to elissa by: Capitol Choices
Took me almost 2 mos to read this, not because I didn't like it, but because the abuse was hard to read about, so I could only take it in small doses. That speaks to the powerful writing here. The ending was very strong and realistic, so I'm glad that I stuck with it, as it was worth it. The characters were all likeable, including the abusive girlfriend. It was very easy to believe that they would all behave the way that they did. First love can be very complicated (or any love, really). Probabl ...more
Alicia
Jan 18, 2011 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a different kind of amazing-- it wasn't the writing but the shock value of the characters' plights. Johanna is living alone as a senior in high school after her father and mother have both passed away and her sister has chosen to unsupportingly move away with her husband. But everyone in the story is dealing with a loss. Tessa (Johanna's sister) has lost two unborn babies (and her parents). So, when Johanna meets Reeve and her autistic twin brother Robbie, her world becomes tumultuous t ...more
Robyn
Dec 09, 2011 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fiction Lovers, lesbian teens, teens in abusive relationships, Everyone
Rage: A Love Story, a rather misnomer in my opinion, but go ahead, I'll bite.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the author, Ms.Julie Anne Peters, her book is officially the shortest book I have ever read that took me 10 days to finish. *claps in mock enthusiasm*
Honestly that is not a jab at her more so at me. There are very few books I have found in this world that make me so uncomfortable I literally cannot read them. So Bravo. Well written. (and that is complete honesty). On that same note
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Bunker
Dec 07, 2009 Bunker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale of lesbian courtly love gone awry features Johanna, a reliable and compassionate eighteen-year-old whose life seems destined to be defined by loss, and Reeve, the young woman Johanna has fallen in love with from afar. Johanna has lost her mother and father, and her much older sister, Tessa, who has recently moved back home with her husband, has remained distant ever since Johanna revealed her sexuality. Assigned to tutor Reeve's twin brother, who is autistic and violent, Johanna slowly ...more
Melinda
Sep 20, 2014 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian, young-adult
The first half was a little tiresome and hard to get into — the characters and storyline started fleshing out by the second half. (view spoiler) ...more
Vanessa
Jun 20, 2011 Vanessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtq
Hm okay so this brief review has some spoilers but not a lot.

I guess this novel was kind of hard for me to read because it reminds me of me and my ex-gf. While she wasn't physically abusive to me, she intentionally hurt me with words. It was emotionally abusive, I guess you can say. Reeve reminds me of her. She's so torn and destroyed on the inside that she inflicts that same pain on other people. Violence is all she knows. While the story was good and kept a good pace, I found myself disliking
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Jillian Jayde Hastings
Sep 24, 2011 Jillian Jayde Hastings rated it did not like it
I found myself incredibly disappointed in this book. The pacing and the plot were technically good but I found it to be rather predictable. I found mysrlf incapable of connecting to a single character and at times felt that the storyline and soul behind Johanna was rushed for the sake of length. Maybe I am desensitized from working with LGBTQ teens, some of which coping with abuse, but I didn't find the abuse scenes particularly difficult to read or insightful. All in all, I'd say it suceeds at ...more
Sarah
Mar 25, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books, lgbt-books
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Sarah
I really like the way JAP writes, but this plot just wasn't working for me as well as some of her others. She tackles young lesbian abusive relationships, which, oddly, there aren't many books about (ha), but I don't like the speed at which the characters are "in love". They hardly know each other and Johannah is saying I love you to Reeve 43 times.
Kobi
Jun 07, 2015 Kobi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jumanji
I enjoyed this book a lot. Johanna Lynch is dependable, smart, and works hard for what she wants. But when she meets Reeve all the things she once was fly out the door. Reeve and her brother Robbie have always lived in awful circumstances, using mother and abusive father. Growing up like this has caused the two to have bad reputations and be somewhat violent. As much as Reeve protests Johanna still falls in love with her.
I like that this book doesn't really dwell on what sexuality they are. Ther
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Summer Munger
Feb 07, 2010 Summer Munger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lez-lit, crap
It just felt pointless in the end, and in a very 'after school special' kind of way.
Julie Decker
Johanna isn't the most stable of teenage girls. She's just lost her mother and she only has her older sister to lean on, and her best friend Novak needs more support than she gives. She distracts herself with her volunteer job, grieving her mother and stewing, but then when her teacher talks her into tutoring autistic Robbie, she develops a crush on Robbie's twin sister, Reeve. Reeve does happen to find Johanna attractive, but when they have their passionate and violent encounters, Johanna is le ...more
Ab
Apr 09, 2011 Ab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-ness, queer-lit
The greatness of this book doesn't come particularly in the writing, or the plot -- the presentation of the characters, who they are, what they feel, all of that, is very real ... I feel like this book has successfully climbed out of the alluring mire of the "woe is I -- a gay teen in high school". This girl, Johanna, is gay. She knows it. She figured it out, it was maybe a tough thing to tell her family, etc., but she's past it, and still in high school. She's majorly crushing on another "out" ...more
Ricki
Dec 31, 2014 Ricki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I feel like this book took me for a roller-coaster ride. I was hooked and unable to put it down, but there were many aspects of the book that bothered me. Johanna is a fragile girl who falls for an abusive girl, Reeve. Reeve's twin brother has autism, and she comes from a home with a drug-addicted mother and abusive father. Johanna's sister doesn't seem to accept Johanna is gay, and she also is emotionally affected by her miscarriages. To add to all of this, Johanna's parents both died, and she ...more
Courtney
Johanna only wants one thing - Reeve Hartt. Reeve consumes her thoughts, her dreams, her reason for living. With an intensity that borders obsession, Johanna makes it her mission to make Reeve hers before their senior year is over, which gives her approximately fourteen days. Through a twist of fate, the two girls are thrown together, and they ignite a passionate love affair that turns abusive. Throughout the novel, the reader experiences the emotional roller coaster of their turbulent relations ...more
Jamie
Jan 09, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dysfunctional, 14-16, lbgt
Johanna has a huge crush on Reeve, one which is based almost entirely in fantasy as opposed to reality. She also has lost both her parents and her older sister lives with her as a practically absentee guardian. Rather than feeling victimized by everything, Johanna tries to make things right with those who don't deserve it while ignoring those who need her, something that I found very realistic. The lesbian sex fantasies are quite spicy, and they also show the difference between your fantasy of s ...more
Desiree
May 16, 2011 Desiree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this after reading Keeping You a Secret, but I was pretty disappointed. I was hoping for more interesting LGBTQ books but I wasn't a fan of this one. There were two main reasons that I didn't really like this book. One: It wasn't really what I was looking for, mostly regarding the ending. Two: The remarks the narrator had about Reeve's mentally challenged brother Robbie really bothered me a lot. My brother is autistic and in the beginning of the book the comments she made about ...more
the golden witch.
This book was very emotionally difficult to read. It deals with a serious issue within the gay community as a whole - domestic violence. Most outside of the community don't understand or believe that domestic violence doesn't happen (much) there, but it does. And this book boldly goes where not too many have gone before. Combine that with rising rates of teen domestic violence within relationships and you have an explosive story on your hands.

But! Just because this book is painful to read doesn'
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Staci
Dec 06, 2009 Staci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
I've read some of the author's other YA GLBT books(Luna, and Keeping You A Secret) and enjoyed them a lot more than I did this one. I was actually looking for a more developed relationship between the two girls. Because without that, the actual abuse that occurs doesn't totally ring true to me. Even though I was a bit let down I still think the author wrote about an important topic- Domestic violence. It occurs in all types of relationships: gay/lesbian, straight..violence knows no labels or sex ...more
Morgan
Apr 08, 2015 Morgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I had just turned 14 years old (early 2011) and about to start high school in a few months. I didn't realize the relationship was abusive until the very end when it was pointed out because it was a girl being abusive; that hit me like a truck, and literally ruined my life for a few weeks. I feel like this book gave me a new outlook on abuse and abusive relationships while I was still very young and for that I have it four stars.

Note: I do realize how ridiculous I sound abo
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Felix Flax
I feel like Robbie wasn't realistic. I have a brother with severe autism and mental retardation, and Robbie just... the way Johanna describes him as almost robotic or dead inside felt stereotypical, as did the prone-to-violence thing. Autism is an already stigmatized condition, and Julie Anne Peters did not handle it well. It felt like Robbie only existed to contrast to Reeve, and the bit where "Reeve can control her rage. I'm not sure if Robbie can." rubbed me the wrong way. When autistic peopl ...more
Chassity Oden
i think that this book was really good i mean it was a little weird at the begging of the book because this girl watches this old man master bate to himself in his bed and then starts to cheer him on i mean who does that but anyways this book is still a very sexual cute romantic book for mature readers i would not recommend letting young readers read this book it just has way to many thins going on it it that they should not be finding out in a book so if you are a young reader don't read this b ...more
Stormy
Dec 21, 2010 Stormy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jo
ugh my first f/f book and it was TERRIBLE. god. characters are stupid. johanna's an idiot and an obsessed creep UGH i hate this book. i made it past half-way and then i was I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE SPARE ME ALL THIS SADOMASOCHISTIC RELATIONSHIP UGH WHY PEOPLE WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELVES HAVE YOU NO SELF-RESPECT dkjafshlkjdahflskjdfhlkjdsahfdsalkjh /tableflipping rage why did i read this
Cristi
Apr 27, 2014 Cristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really remember much of this because I did read it a while ago, but it was the first LGBT book I read and I know that I enjoyed it. The character was raw and I like that. I picked this up from the library based on the cover and I didn't even read the synopsis. I am glad though because I think the fact that I read it on a whim made it better. I would recommend this to anyone.
RedRoom
Aug 13, 2011 RedRoom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO AMAZINGLY so hardcore that you feel the amount of pain and confusion that the main character goes through she loves her girlfriend but knows what she is doing is wrong but so desperately tries to help and change her so she wont lose her and you wanna scream at her she doesnt love you this isnt right but then you know you cant change her mind because love is soooooooo so blind
Sascha
Jun 16, 2014 Sascha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wlw-books
YA novels about queer girls are hard to come by, and in a desperate attempt to find some good ones, I splurged and bought seven books that had queer girl protagonists. This book was undoubtedly my favorite out of those seven.
The main relationship in the book is not a healthy one. There is a lot of abuse and manipulation involved, and the book makes a point to present these issues as harmful. I have read several YA books now that present abusive relationships as ideal, and I was glad that this wa
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Sonia Gosetti
(Some Spoilers)
I give this book two stars solely for the writing. I really don't like YA books but I had high hopes for this book. The topic was interesting and I thought could have been a great story. The writing was okay, pretty standard YA type narration. It was easy to read and I finished it in 3 hours. Mostly because I knew if I put the book down I wouldn't bother finishing it. Where to start....The main character Johanna is horribly naive. She would be 18/19 but she acts like she is 13. Sh
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Julie Anne Peters was born in Jamestown, New York. When she was five, her family moved to the Denver suburbs in Colorado. Her parents divorced when she was in high school. She has three siblings: a brother, John, and two younger sisters, Jeanne and Susan.

Her books for young adults include Define "Normal" (2000), Keeping You a Secret (2003), Luna (2004), Far from Xanadu (2005), Between Mom and Jo (
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“Is that all I am? A friend?"

"Of course not," I say. "I love you."

"Am I the only one?" she asks.

"Yes. Completely." First, last, and always.”
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