Rage: A Love Story
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Rage: A Love Story

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,141 ratings  ·  189 reviews
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. Johanna is determined to get her, against all advice, and to help her, against all reason....more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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...more
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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...more
Apr 24, 2010 elissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Robyn Briggs
Dec 09, 2011 Robyn Briggs rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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.
Summer Munger
It just felt pointless in the end, and in a very 'after school special' kind of way.
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
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
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
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...more
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
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
Jillian Jayde Hastings
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
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
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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
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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
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...more
Johanna is living in her imagination dreaming of a classmate, Reeve. Johanna's parents have died, she lives with her sister and brother-in-law. She has so much love to give and sets her sights on Reeve. Unfortunately, Reeve has grown up with a drug addicted mother and in an abusive household. Reeve focuses only on her brother, Robbie and pushes everyone else away. Reeve expresses her frustration with Johanna's unconditional love by fighting it, hitting, pushing, stealing- anything to make Johann...more

As powerful and frightening a love story as you'd ever want to read. Peters does a superb job of conveying the rage and its resultant abuse, but also the love and the desperate need for that love. It’s a book that deserves a long review full of insightful comments and endless praise – there is little to complain of in plot, characters, or prose – but I will say only that Rage is the sort of novel that when you finish reading it, you sit holding the book between your hands, staring at the cover,...more
Max (MaxAboutBooks)
Awesome Book. This was the first LGBT YA Fiction book I had ever read. I remember hunting literally for more after this book as way back in 2009 LGBT fiction seemed extremely hard to find.

The story is about an abusive relationship between Johanna and Reeve. I really enjoyed the story although the content was difficult at times. I found the characters relatable and the story well written and very digestible. I can not go in depth with this as I read it way back in 2009 but remember who I felt an...more
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I'm not 100% sure what I was expecting when I read this, but I still didn't see all of that coming at me. This book was complex, on several levels, and so serious that it kind of took my breath away. At times this was a difficult book to read because of the emotional upheaval around every single corner. There is not one "normal" character in this book. Every single person we meet is broken, not necessarily beyond repair, but bad enough that it's impairing their daily lives.

Johanna & Reeve ar...more
I think this is a great book for GLBT teens. FYI, there is no ACTUAL sex. There are is frank sexuality in daydreams and longing, but there is much more SENSUALITY than sex. And I didn't find it offesnsive at all. It took a while to get to the climax, and watching Johanna's descent was painful. I felt like- why isn't anyone SEEING this child?? Why can't they look beyond their own needs and expectations to guide a young person who is desperate for deep connections?? but then we all know the answer...more
Difficult to read, but to intriguing to stop. I did read this in one sitting, so no sleep for me again.. It is not an enjoyble book but an excellent one, it is a visceral story of love and violence. I have so much Feels!!!

Johanna has not had an easy life. She lost her father at an early age. Her sister went to college then her mother got ill, she cared for her terminally ill mother until her sister moved back home and arranged hospice care. Now Johanna floats between school, work, and a tense ho...more
I had picked up other works by Julie Anne Peters before, but due to a number of reasons I had never finished them. This one, on the other hand, I finished in about a week; I couldn’t put it down.
The book touches on a topic that many people are unfamiliar with: the abuse that someone who identifies as LGBT can face by someone whom they are in a romantic relationship with. What drew me to this book was the fact that it had addressed a topic that I had yet to seen written about before, much less in...more
Rage is a love story dealing with partner abuse, but the relationship is between two teenage girls. I'd actually give this book a 3.5, but that isn't an option. First, I like that authors are starting to write young adult lit for the gay/lesbian audience. And I think even if that factor did turn some teens/readers off, Peters handled it well with most of their sexual interaction focusing on kissing and the "pull" Johanna feels toward Reeve (and most scenes actually occur as fantasies in Johanna'...more
Rage is a love story, as the title suggests. But this isn't your ordinary boy-meets-girl love story. First of all, it's a girl-meets-girl love story. But it is so much more than that. As the story begins, we meet Johanna, the patient, reliable, go-to heroine. She's in love with Reeve. Reeve is the opposite of Johanna. She's dangerous, alluring, and mysterious. The story proceeds, and we find ourselves learning about Reeve's abusive family, which leads her to abusing Johanna.

I wanted to love th...more
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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 (...more
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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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