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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. Johanna is determined to get her, against all advice, 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.


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Published: Random House Kids an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780375893582
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I kind of hated this book. On the positive side, it's queer and the writing style isn't bad.

But... if a main character is wrong, they need to figure it out for themselves. Other characters can't tell them that they're wrong for half the book and then turn out to be right. I think this is a common problem when old people try to try to write books for young people, at least when there's an intentional message and it's not just an adventure story. The stuff I've read by Sarah Dessen annoys the heck out of me for the same reason.more
I couldn't put it down, it was exciting, ravishing, enthusiastic. The perfect book about family issues and how they can bleed into your personal life. I honestly enjoyed it and recommened it to many of my friends. Imore
Am a fan of Peters' other books, but didn't like this one as much. Perhaps it's because I couldn't suspend disbelief in some crucial plot elements, such as a teacher asking one student to tutor another after school without making sure that it happened in her classroom, the library, or any other place it would be supervised. Tut, tut.more
The novel, Rage by Julie Ann Peters encompasses love hurts. In the beginning, johanna, struggles with her sexuality and coming out to her sister. Throughout the middle she perseveres through loving a girl who has a heart filled with pain. By the end she has learned that sometimes love does not have to be painfull in a physical way. (293/293).more
I absolutely loved this book. It was amazing. The story was incredible well written and I was so pulled into it that I didn't even notice that it got dark outside. I put off eating and sleeping to finish it because I just had to know what would happen next. This is another must read. Julie Anne Peters is officially one of my favorite authors.more
Johanna is in love with Reeve from afar and has been since she first saw her. But Reeve has never taken notice. Reeve hangs with the LBD (LesBo Dykes) crowd and Johanna is more of a loner, hanging mostly with Novak who also uses Johanna’s apartment as a rendezvous with her boyfriend. A request by a teacher that Johanna help Robbie with his senior essay, sets the stage for Johanna and Reeve to meet. Robbie is Johanna’s brother.Johanna’s wish is finally granted and before you know it, Reeve and Johanna are girlfriends, or are they really? Do either of them really know what love is? Johanna drives by Reeve’s house one day only to get a view of what Reeve’s life is really like. She encounters Reeve’s uncle Anthony dragging her addict mother out of the car by her hair, a stream of foul language coming out of his mouth. As the days pass, Reeve’s story of abuse by both her uncle and her father unfolds and the by products of that become all too evident: Reeve has an abusive streak of her own.Johanna’s history: Her father died of Parkinson’s disease and her mother of cancer. She took care of her mother during those last months, her sister Tessa being away at college. Now Tessa is back home with her husband Martin. Once close, Tessa and Johanna rarely speak, and certainly not about important things. As a result, Johanna is going through this ‘love affair’ on her own, having abandoned Novak because of Reeve’s jealous streak.Abusive families breed abusive children. Isolated children seek love, in whatever form it comes. The combination of the two can be horrendous, as in the case of Johanna. She will take the physical abuse, ‘knowing’ that Reeve really loves her and doesn’t mean to hurt her. She is willing to lose so much for the sake of love…including her self respect. Peters’ writing in Rage: A Love Story, true to form, has produced an engrossing look at Johanna’s dreams and her reality. Johanna and Reeve and Novak are real characters that readers will relate to, care about, sympathize with, and like or dislike intensely. As with many books on this topic, readers will want to figuratively bang Johanna’s head against the wall (Reeve does it literally) and tell her to wake up and smell the roses. While the conclusion is bittersweet, it is a viable ending that readers will accept. Fans of Julie Anne Peters will devour Rage and non-fans will become fans after reading the book.For other versions of this story, read Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn or Dreamland by Sarah Dessen.more
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I kind of hated this book. On the positive side, it's queer and the writing style isn't bad.

But... if a main character is wrong, they need to figure it out for themselves. Other characters can't tell them that they're wrong for half the book and then turn out to be right. I think this is a common problem when old people try to try to write books for young people, at least when there's an intentional message and it's not just an adventure story. The stuff I've read by Sarah Dessen annoys the heck out of me for the same reason.more
I couldn't put it down, it was exciting, ravishing, enthusiastic. The perfect book about family issues and how they can bleed into your personal life. I honestly enjoyed it and recommened it to many of my friends. Imore
Am a fan of Peters' other books, but didn't like this one as much. Perhaps it's because I couldn't suspend disbelief in some crucial plot elements, such as a teacher asking one student to tutor another after school without making sure that it happened in her classroom, the library, or any other place it would be supervised. Tut, tut.more
The novel, Rage by Julie Ann Peters encompasses love hurts. In the beginning, johanna, struggles with her sexuality and coming out to her sister. Throughout the middle she perseveres through loving a girl who has a heart filled with pain. By the end she has learned that sometimes love does not have to be painfull in a physical way. (293/293).more
I absolutely loved this book. It was amazing. The story was incredible well written and I was so pulled into it that I didn't even notice that it got dark outside. I put off eating and sleeping to finish it because I just had to know what would happen next. This is another must read. Julie Anne Peters is officially one of my favorite authors.more
Johanna is in love with Reeve from afar and has been since she first saw her. But Reeve has never taken notice. Reeve hangs with the LBD (LesBo Dykes) crowd and Johanna is more of a loner, hanging mostly with Novak who also uses Johanna’s apartment as a rendezvous with her boyfriend. A request by a teacher that Johanna help Robbie with his senior essay, sets the stage for Johanna and Reeve to meet. Robbie is Johanna’s brother.Johanna’s wish is finally granted and before you know it, Reeve and Johanna are girlfriends, or are they really? Do either of them really know what love is? Johanna drives by Reeve’s house one day only to get a view of what Reeve’s life is really like. She encounters Reeve’s uncle Anthony dragging her addict mother out of the car by her hair, a stream of foul language coming out of his mouth. As the days pass, Reeve’s story of abuse by both her uncle and her father unfolds and the by products of that become all too evident: Reeve has an abusive streak of her own.Johanna’s history: Her father died of Parkinson’s disease and her mother of cancer. She took care of her mother during those last months, her sister Tessa being away at college. Now Tessa is back home with her husband Martin. Once close, Tessa and Johanna rarely speak, and certainly not about important things. As a result, Johanna is going through this ‘love affair’ on her own, having abandoned Novak because of Reeve’s jealous streak.Abusive families breed abusive children. Isolated children seek love, in whatever form it comes. The combination of the two can be horrendous, as in the case of Johanna. She will take the physical abuse, ‘knowing’ that Reeve really loves her and doesn’t mean to hurt her. She is willing to lose so much for the sake of love…including her self respect. Peters’ writing in Rage: A Love Story, true to form, has produced an engrossing look at Johanna’s dreams and her reality. Johanna and Reeve and Novak are real characters that readers will relate to, care about, sympathize with, and like or dislike intensely. As with many books on this topic, readers will want to figuratively bang Johanna’s head against the wall (Reeve does it literally) and tell her to wake up and smell the roses. While the conclusion is bittersweet, it is a viable ending that readers will accept. Fans of Julie Anne Peters will devour Rage and non-fans will become fans after reading the book.For other versions of this story, read Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn or Dreamland by Sarah Dessen.more
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