Badass Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Badass Book Review: Sadie by Courtney SummersSadie by Courtney Summers
Published by Wednesday Books on September 4, 2018
Pages: 320
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four-stars

A gripping novel about the depth of a sister's love; poised to be the next book you won't be able to stop talking about.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she's left behind.

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.

“And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.”
As a new book blogger, I was thrilled to receive Sadie as my first physical ARC! I’m addicted to e-books, but every true book nerd knows there’s nothing like having an actual book in your hands every once in a while.
After I read the blurb I knew I was in for an awesome summer read. I love a good thriller so I couldn’t wait to dive in!
This is the first book I’ve read by Courtney Summers and it left me a bit heartbroken, and appropriately so. This isn’t a happily-ever-after, although, I’m not sure the story could have or rather, should have, ended any other way. Its overall theme is pretty much a tragedy. Sadie knows nothing except to live for her sister Maddie
Sadie is not just well-written, it is very uniquely written. Alternating between Sadie’s POV as she tracks down the mystery surrounding her sister’s murder, and a transcript-like narrative of a podcast showcasing Sadie and Maddie’s story, you’re able to piece together the story from every possible angle and see it from the point of view of everyone involved. Yet, ultimately, you’re constantly left wondering what will happen next and where the story will lead.
As if the writing wasn’t unique enough – an extra-special addition to this novel is an actual podcast which has been released on iTunes entitled The Girls, just as it is in the book. Take a listen here!
For the most part, I’ve moved on from reading YA. However, this wasn’t your typical angsty and unrealistic YA romance. It was a very real and gritty read; a suspenseful mystery with a touch of thriller.
Anyone who loves true crime, vigilante justice, and strong female characters will love this book.
Has anyone else gotten the chance to read Sadie? Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

About Courtney Summers

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Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. At age 14, and with her parents' blessing, Courtney dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently. At age 18, she wrote her first novel and never looked back. Her first book, Cracked Up to Be, was published in 2008, when she was 22. To date, she has authored five novels and is best known for her unapologetic, difficult female protagonists. In 2016, Courtney was named one of Flare Magazine's 60 under 30.