Sadie by Courtney Summers
Published September 4th, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Genres Young Adult
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.
I loved All The Rage and This is Not A Test by Courtney Summers so I was really excited when I received an ARC of Sadie in the mail. The synopsis of this book really intrigued me and it definitely lived up to the hype. This book is a young adult mystery, but it’s also a lot more. I really enjoyed the format that the book is written. We get to hear directly from Sadie’s POV, but we also get to hear from West McCray as he broadcasts a pod cast called The Girls, about Sadie’s story.
Sadie was both easy to like and relatable as a main character. From the very beginning of the book you see what a rough life Sadie has had. Her mother is a drug addict and never really pays any attention to her. Her mom eventually takes off and leaves Sadie’s little sister Mattie in her care. Sadie ends up dropping out of high school to try to support herself and her sister, but Mattie never really gets over her mom abandoning them. The book begins after Mattie has been killed and Sadie decides to leave town to track down her killer. Sadie fills in our unanswered questions about her life throughout the book. Then we have the pod cast chapters, hosted by West McCray, where he both explains Sadie’s story and also interviews wide variety of people who may or may not have information about the case.
This was a great book and I highly recommend it. I love Courtney Summer’s writing and this book is probably my favorite so far. It does deal with a lot of hard topics, such as abuse and drug addiction. The ending wasn’t what I expected and frankly left a little speechless.
Thank you to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for sending me an ARC of this book.