Sadie by Courtney Summers

Look. I’m about to suggest a book to all of you lovely people out there and it’s going to make you angry. It’s going to make you so incredibly sad. But it’s also going to keep you reading ferociously until the very last word.


Title: Sadie {311 pages}

Genre: Young Adult

Publication Date: September 4, 2018


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 meagre 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.


I love podcasts. My love for them began as a want to love audiobooks, but I just couldn’t do it. I don’t know what it is, but audiobooks can’t keep my attention. But podcasts. Oh man, those things can keep me going for hours. Sadie combines my two biggest loves – books and podcasts – into one sad, fascinating novel.

On one side of the story, we have Sadie Hunter, a nineteen-year-old girl who has left home after the death of her sister, thirteen-year-old Mattie. Sadie knows more about her sister’s murder than she’s told anyone, and she’s not about to let the Cold Creek police – if they even have any – take over. Her story takes us across the United States, from small towns to larger suburbans, in a quest to find the person responsible for her sister’s murder. Sadie Hunter is on the road to revenge, and she won’t stop until she gets exactly what she wants.

On the other side is West McCray, a host at a radio station who decides to report on Sadie’s story after Sadie’s surrogate grandmother begs him to hear her out. From May Beth’s words, West creates the podcast The Girls, part Sadie’s story and part his own, but he doesn’t know that yet.

The first book of Courtney Summers’s that I read was All the Rage. I won it from Goodreads and was like, what the heck, let’s give it a try. It ended up ruining me for a good month. I then devoured all of her other books, and those ruined me pretty good, too. Sadie is no different. The kind of writing that comes from Courtney Summers is ridiculous, because I’m falling in love with this tiny hamlet of people through a podcast, and I’m wanting to physically reach through the book to get Sadie out of danger. Summers just makes me care so damn much to the point where I’m like, you know what, this hurts too much to read, let’s put it down. But I don’t. I read Sadie in a day. I refused to put it down until I found out what happened to Sadie.

If you’ve read any other Courtney Summers books, then you’ll know exactly why I waited so long after the ending to write this.

I don’t even know how to handle my love for this book. I got a copy from NetGalley, and the moment I finished reading it, I preordered a copy. I read that one, too, just because I wanted to. Sure, some foolish part of me thought that maybe certain events were different in the finished copy, but it wasn’t too big of a part of me. Jut my whole heart.

I love Sadie, and even that feels incredibly inadequate to say. This book hit me deep in my soul, and I know this is the part where I tell you how hard I cried and all that, but I didn’t cry. Not once. Mainly because I was too frozen by what Sadie and Mattie went through, because it’s something that girls go through all the time. This book is fiction, but it’s also not. And that’s why I’m probably going to read it again, and that’s why I’m going to recommend it to everyone I come across, and that’s why I’m going to pass this book down my daughter if I ever have one.

We should talk more about Courtney Summers because she writes stories that are too important to keep silent.

So, go off, what are you waiting for? Buy Sadie, curl up with a blanket and an animal {real or stuffed, whichever}, and read. Read until you reach the end and then flip back to the first page and read it again.

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