Book review – Rage is a Wolf (Spoiler Free)

“You know, I think I’ve always thought that it’ll be okay. Someone will save us. I’ll still go to college, get some job, and have some life. Someday we’ll stop fighting each other. We’ll stop chopping down the rainforests and filling the water with chemicals. Girls won’t have to get home early and never walk alone. We’ll change. Eventually.

But what if that’s not true?”

  • Title: Rage is a Wolf
  • Author: K.T. Mather
  • Genre: YA Fiction
  • Pages: 395 pages
  • Publication date: April 22, 2020

I found out about this book at AWP. I’m not sure if I saw K.T. on a panel or if I saw the book in the bookstore and decided to grab it. Either way, I’m glad I did.

Rage is a Wolf is about Elaine Archer, who’s mad at the world for being a terrible place. Between climate change, poverty, and more, she doesn’t believe she’s learning anything in school that will help.

So, she convinces her moms to let her do unschooling, which is a form of homeschooling where kids learn based on their interests rather than from a curriculum. In her case, she sets out to write a novel.

The story itself was wonderfully written. The dialogue and tone are great throughout. It also got me thinking more in a good way. I was folding laundry last night with loneliness is a canary, rage is a wolf stuck in my head.

The book deals with deep topics about our unfair world, which is relatable considering…everything. It’s also cool to see the main story build while the story she’s writing also builds at the same time.

My only complaint is that two situations got me pulling out a calculator and wondering about ages. Not that that doesn’t happen in real life, but it makes me uneasy.

Overall, this book is a quick, enjoyable read that makes a reader ponder mortality and have a good few laughs.

Score: 9/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.33/5

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