Book Review – Sadie by Courtney Summers


And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.

Hello Bookworms, I met the author of Sadie a couple of months ago, and I finally got a chance to read it! This novel is packed with suspense, mystery and more!

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(5/5 stars)

Publisher:Published September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books

Length:Hardcover, 1st Edition, 308 pages

Summary: A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about. Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late. (Goodreads)

Recommendation: Sadie was an incredibly raw, and emotional book. The story is told in alternating chapters, between a podcast; The Girls, and Sadie. Sadie’s narrative is months in the past, and while the podcast has just started, she has been missing for over a year. The podcast is started by a curious journalist West McCray, and he interviews people in Sadies life, to try and find her.

The Girls is a tool that is used throughout the story and can actually be found in real life. The Girls can be found wherever podcasts can be downloaded and can be listened to alongside Sadie’s narrative. Courtney Summers was able to portray the realities of this cruel world and explored themes such as a sisters love, child abuse, the realities of poverty.

Although I was slightly disappointed by the vague ending, it allowed readers to visualize their own endings to Sadies story. I would recommend this book to the ages of 13-17.

A little about the author: Courtney Summers is the bestselling author of several critically acclaimed novels. Her first book, Cracked Up to Be, was published in 2008, when she was 22. To date, she has authored six books and is best known for her unapologetic, difficult female protagonists. Her newest novel, Sadie, is a New York Times bestseller, Edgar Award Winner, Odyssey Award winner, Audie Award winner, received six starred reviews, appeared on over 30 Best of 2018 lists and was the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Runner-Up for Best YA Fiction. Courtney has reviewed for The New York Times, is the founder of #ToTheGirls, a 2015 worldwide trending hashtag, and in 2016, she was named one of Flare Magazine’s 60 under 30. At 14, she dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently and currently lives in Ontario, Canada. You can follow her on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. (Goodreads)

Praise for Sadie

“Courtney Summers’s powerful story of love, neglect, abuse, and revenge is narrated with irresistible urgency by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner, along with an ensemble of supporting narrators…this is a production that will not be forgotten” — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner

“…the ensemble proves utterly spectacular.” –Booklist, Starred Review

Sadie is an electrifying, high-stakes road trip. Clear your schedule. You’re not going anywhere until you’ve reached the end.” —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of There’s Someone Inside Your House and Anna and the French Kiss

“A haunting, gut-wrenching, and relentlessly compelling read.” —Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series


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