Rage: A Love Story

Rage: A Love Story➽ [Reading] ➿ Rage: A Love Story By Julie Anne Peters ➲ – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 HarttReeve is fi 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 HarttReeve is fierce, beautiful, wounded, elusive a flame that draws Johanna s fluttering moth Johanna is determined to get her, against all advice, Rage: A Epub / and to help her, against all reason But love isn t always reasonable, right In the precarious place where attraction and need collide, a teenager experiences the dark side of a first love, and struggles to find her way into a new light.

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 SusanHer books for young adults include Define Normal , Keeping You a Secret Rage: A Epub / , Luna , Far from Xanadu , Between Mom and Jo , grlgrl , Rage A Love Story , By the Time You Read This, I ll Be Dead , She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not , It s Our Prom So Deal with It , and Lies My Girlfriend Told Me Her young adult fiction often feature lesbian characters and address LGBT issues She has announced that she has retired from writing, and Lies My Girlfriend Told Me will be her last novel She now works full time for the Colorado Reading Corps.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 306 pages
  • Rage: A Love Story
  • Julie Anne Peters
  • English
  • 22 July 2018

10 thoughts on “Rage: A Love Story

  1. April says:

    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 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 wavering relationships, falls for the already hazardous personality of Reeve Hartt, the perturbing elder of the autistic boy Robbie whom Johanna is helping graduate Johanna has always idolised Reeve from the beginning, discerning that Reeve is her destiny, frequently taking us readers into her fantasy realm named Joyland somewhat lucid dreams in which primarily blissful events transpire concerning Johanna s ill suited longing for Reeve Thrown in with this are drifting characters that assume some part in the story, Johanna s constantly varying role as best friend Novak, her distant and tragic sister Tessa accompanied by her husband Martin and various other personalities that hover here and there Now, all credibility to Peters for writing about abusive relationships in women That is an admirable thing and something that should be made aware of in modern society it s not always men who are the culprits of abuse So kudos, Peters, kudos HOWEVER, that in itself doesn t make this novel interesting enough to read I get it, it s a poignant tale that involves broken characters and a sorrowful storyline Written beautifully it might have been a heartfelt novel, but the colloquialism was off putting for me I thought some takes of Joyland were depicted ethereally with captivating abilities, but that was as far as it went for me personally.On the other hand, going back to the theme of abuseBy afternoon, the bruising has spread down my whole left cheek It symbolizes something trust Intimacy You can trust me to take what you dole out, Reeve I gaze into the mirror and think This is a phase of our love We re taking it to the next level I immediately awarded a star to this book just for that small passage In all its aberrancy, disgust and mere foolery, it s one of the most poignant perspectives of someone in an abusive relationship in my opinion It didn t of course justify why she was going through it, but it certainly gave some sort of explanation as to why she was enduring the constant violence Now arguably the most basic of points that irked me was the relationship Somehow, through some bizarre, unexplained manner, Johanna has become almost ensconced by Reeve s presence and seems to rapidly yearn for her comfort, which we are forced to accept almost immediately though no explanation is given Now, Reeve falling for Johanna is something that we as readers transcend yet can t possibly understand Or at least, for me I couldn t Whether or not it was from the beginning plainly manipulative on Reeve s part, or some other sort of overpowering desire to dominate a weaker being is unknown, but regardless, it seemed overly brash and hurriedly fashioned So alright, not very realistic we can go with that Henceforth, why didn t we, as readers, deserve an outrageously dramatic, unbelievable ending concerning Johanna s and Reeve s relationship Quoting Ketchum again, it left me with a bitter aftertaste because the ending was for me so lukewarm and vague Is Johanna s harrowing endurance doomed to accompany her for many years to come, spanning from her desire to be near Reeve Or have we seen some sort of passive resistance, an epiphany of the prior ludicrousness she let herself be put through Truth is, we re left unsure We don t know, and the truthfully, I myself wasn t that particularly interested in finding out anyway In full not my cup of tea Alright in some parts, little bit of drama here and there, a few interesting characters I d analyse Reeve s personality to death but not something I ll likely read again My rating stands at 2

  2. Melissa says:

    Originally posted at Sweet Treats Thrilling TalesI 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 she d Originally posted at Sweet Treats Thrilling TalesI 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 she does to Johanna and yet, she doesn t know how to control herself She very much loves her twin brother Reeve and protects him as much as she possibly can She can be selfish and yet at the same time she can be extremely unselfish And that shows in every scene that she s in with her brother.Johanna has had an extremely difficult life From the loss of both parents to the fact that her older sister whom she adores appears to have not been able to accept her sexuality to her relationship with Reeve As much as I wanted to like her, I had a really hard time doing so Johanna is basically a doormat She pretty much lets everyone walk all over her For most of the book, I found myself wishing that she would finally grow a backbone and tell everyone off.That was my one major issue with this book, and with abuse books in general Just because someone has become a victim of abuse does not mean that they have to stay a victim Just once, I d love to read a book where the victim fights back and does not succumb to the victim syndrome It is in fact possible to remain strong after being a victim and that is also important And personally, I think if Johanna hadn t been such a victim, the book would have ended better All in all though, Johanna is still a very believable character Her reactions and fears are very common So many women and men deny that there is a problem or will wait for their abusive partner to change, only to discover that that change will never come.But despite my two cents on how I wish Johanna had been, I still recommend this book Books about domestic violence are rare Especially the domestic violence that occurs within a same sex relationship and I applaud Peters for writing a very real book about a very real topic

  3. elissa says:

    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 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 Probably 3 1 2 stars, since it took me so long, but I m rounding up because of the ending Maybe the best written Peters novel that I ve read Great cover, too

  4. Bunker says:

    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 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 learns the truth about Reeve s home life, which is fraught with drug use and physical abuse Wanting to save her from the atrocities of her life, Johanna is willing to give up everything for Reeve, including her dignity and self respect Everyone surrounding Johanna, including her best friend Novak and Reeve s ex girlfriend Britt, attempt to save Johanna from becoming another victim in the abuse cycle Reeve s violent tendencies are visible from the very beginning, but Johanna does not seem to care, as the allure of Reeve overpowers her better judgment Reeve knows that she is abusive, and she questions Johanna for taking it without fighting back or extracting herself from the situation The ending provides a disturbing quick fix to Reeve s circumstances and detracts from the rest of the narrative.While this book is engaging, the dynamic and attraction between Johanna and Reeve is an enigma Johanna only seems interested in the physical aspects of Reeve, without considering the content of her character However, same sex dating violence and domestic abuse is sorely underrepresented in literature and Peters novel does begin to fill the void

  5. Melinda says:

    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 Although the discussion of abuse in lesbian relationships is an important one, and I appreciated Julie Anne Peters s attempt to show how the abuser in this situation was a complex character with her own history of abuse, but her portrayal did not feel too realistic The extent of abuse in Reeve s family was so extreme culminating in her stepfather mur 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 Although the discussion of abuse in lesbian relationships is an important one, and I appreciated Julie Anne Peters s attempt to show how the abuser in this situation was a complex character with her own history of abuse, but her portrayal did not feel too realistic The extent of abuse in Reeve s family was so extreme culminating in her stepfather murdering her mother and brother it was as if to say that anything less wouldn t constitute an abusive home, and the absolute lack of anger in Johanna, in response to Reeve abusing her, was hard to believe The fact she would try to excuse the violence and manipulation and focus on how much she loved her, fine, but that she would never ever even blink, shout, cry Not too realistic It was also strange to me how quickly Reeve fell in love with a girl she had never talked to I was also bothered by Johanna s best friend, Novak, who consistently referred to her as Lesbo, sexually harassed her, and was an all around jerk to her, being presented as the good friend alternative to Reeve hide spoiler

  6. Alicia says:

    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 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 to say the least Reeve is abusive, but Johanna is so in love with her that she endures it The entire story is one disturbing nightmare and you feel like yelling at Johanna and everyone else for their wise comments, their unemotional and sometimes too emotional responses to the situations, for their homophobia, for their disdain for human life The book is loaded The cover could convey the seriousness of the topics covered, but if it represents Reeve, it s almost a perfect kind of cover I m definitely recommending it

  7. Jillian Jayde Hastings says:

    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 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 being a message novel but the end is too wrapped up and see everyone discovered and acknowledged their faults and we re all OK now ending that annoyed me

  8. Robyn says:

    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 herso 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 not 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 herso 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, before we get into specifics I would like to mention one thing This Book IS a trigger And as such I believe it should come with a trigger warning, so that people who have dealt with abuse before can prepare themselves adequately That being said, let s get to the good stuff shall we This book was absolutely wonderful It took a bit to get into, and it was a hard read, but in the end you will be glad you read it The story follows Johanna Lynch, Senior in high school, Star crossed lover, and oh, bonafied, true to the bone Lesbian The book begins with her obvious obsession of one the most popular and damaged girls in school, Reeve Hartt, and essentially the entire book is story of their relationship unfolding Here s the catch Where you start the book off thinking it s going to be just a normal find your one true love relationship story It is not It is a story of abuse, and hardship, and finding yourself among the ashes It is a story on when the thing you hold most dear to you is the very thing that causes you the most pain Drug abuse, Family abuse, relationship abuse, death, rape, murder, all in one book see why I mentioned the trigger warning This book is a veritable melting pot of horror To be fair, I am going to enter this side note This book was a difficult one for me too read, because, like millions of other teen girls and boys, I also suffered from extreme dating abuse I try to be as non biased as possible at times like these, but sometimes, I have very little respect for the character who reminds me of who I used to be, and it showsThis book is a story of Love, and of redemption, but that doesn t mask the fact that one of the most prominent problems in teen society is also one of the most ignored Dating violence is everywhere, and this book is eveneye opening because it is a lesbian novel It shows that dating violence doesn t just happen in heterosexual couples, where the male is violently abusing the female Girls get violent too In conclusion, I would like to say that, if you are like me, the moment you decide you like this book will be an hour after you finish reading it When your disgust with the weakness Johanna shows against Reeve s violent actions abates, perhaps you will realize just how well written and true to the bone this book is It really speaks volumes if you care to listen And this is me, and I am telling you to listen closely Perhaps it will ring a bell for you too

  9. Desiree says:

    I wanted to read this after reading Keeping You a Secret, but I was pretty disappointed I was hoping forinteresting 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 I wanted to read this after reading Keeping You a Secret, but I was pretty disappointed I was hoping forinteresting 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 him bothered me enough that I almost just tossed the book Basically, I think that some people will enjoy this, but it definitely is not the book for me

  10. Sarah says:

    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.

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