Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publishing Date: September 4th 2018
Pages: 308 / 7:57:36
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
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.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page
T/cw: death, sexual assault, violence, pedophilia, murder, drug addiction
Like what I usually do, I dove into Sadie, blindly. I chose to listen to this because I was looking for an audiobook that has a full cast – which I expect to give me a unique experience (btw, thanks Joce for the recommendation!). Heck, I am so glad to announce that… I wasn’t disappointed at all. That first credit of mine on Audible I spent on this was SO worth it.
DARK, ATMOSPHERIC WRITING, THREE DIMENSIONAL CHARACTERS, NOT-SO PREDICTABLE PLOT
First thing I loved was the writing, that was so atmospheric and immediately made me get this dark, mysterious vibes. I also loved the changing of point of views from Sadie to McCray and the existence of a podcast in this book where McCray shares his progress on finding Sadie in his program called The Girls. I haven’t read a book with a podcast before and that was actually cool. The whole plot really amused me. There were only few things I predicted. When I thought I couldn’t be more surprised, more revelations about Sadie and the other characters will unfold. And it was… mind-blowing. And oh boy THAT ENDING! KILLED ME! It was painful but there are also good things that happened. It wasn’t the ending I was exactly rooting for BUT IT DOES MAKE SENSE. And that’s probably what makes this book even more special.
I love Sadie. She’s not your typical teenage girl. She’s complex. She stutter, making it hard for her to communicate, making her seem weak outside. But little do people know, there’s a a powerful force inside her. There are times when she really scared me. She can legit be dangerous. But she’s human and also have soft spots – especially for her sister. And I love it. I love the presence of all other characters as well, who supported the story, especially West McCray and May Beth. There were all realistic, believable and contributed a lot to whole story.
TACKLING ABUSE, DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES, MISSING GIRLS, AND SENDING POWERFUL MESSAGES
Given that I dove into this blindly, what really threw me off guard was the presence of abuse, sexual assault and pedophilia. I thought this is only mysterious. But there’s more to it than that. These topics left a heavy rock in my chest. But I liked how they were explored – carefully, truthfully, and bravely. This is one of those books that give powerful messages – about missing girls, looking for missing girls, dysfunctional families, having a stutter, sexual assault, and pedophilia.
What I love the most is how this shows that a predator can have many faces – both good and bad. And portrays how hard it is to believe that a predator is a predator when you’ve only seen their good side, and how difficult it is for the victim to believe that they actually have a good side and convince other people to believe who they truly are.
BROUGHT INTO A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL BY THE AUDIOBOOK
The audiobook deinitely brought my reading experience into a whole another level. THAT WAS QUITE A PRODUCTION. It gave the story SO much life and definitely the reason why I was so drawn immediately. I love the narrators’ voices – how they carry all those emotions, the background musics, and the podcast! Oh boy, the podcast was actually there. The narrators were perfect for each roles..
I tried reading the book, but compared to its audibook, it felt a little underwhelming. If I wasn’t listening to the audiobook I think I would have enjoyed this less, wouldn’t feel that much edge in Sadie’s personality, the knife in her words, and the power in her voice. And will most likely lower my rating.
Sadie was able to make me feel so many emotions – some I’ve already felt before, some, new. With its dark, atmospheric writing, complex main character with a powerful voice, unpredictable plot, interesting storyline and powerful messages, Sadie will drive you into a unique, not easily forgettable ride. I highly recommend this book, especially listening to its audiobook.
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.
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