Sadie by Courtney Summers

Norma, Lindsay and I read Sadie with six of our Traveling Friends and this story made for a fantastic group discussion.  

img_6531Norma’s Review

Powerful, compelling, & heartbreaking!

I have enjoyed YA stories in the past but in my opinion, I think this book is geared to a much wider audience than just teens.

SADIE by COURTNEY SUMMERS is a memorable, important, and a fantastic YA mystery novel that immediately grabbed my attention and had me glued to those pages right to the very end.

Sadie’s story was not an easy read as it delves deep into Sadie’s pain and some tough subject matter. But, I thought that the author handled it with such care though and was very sensitive with the delivery.

I didn’t necessarily find the storyline all that gripping but, the way that the author weaves her sentences and delivers this story was absolutely enthralling. When I wasn’t reading this one, I was thinking about it. Sadie really got under my skin and has left a lasting impression.

I loved COURTNEY SUMMERS’ unique writing style here and thought the podcasts was a very effective way for us to get to know all the characters. It gave us a different perspective into Sadie’s character and I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. Sadie’s narrative with a stutter and all was absolutely heartbreaking to read and really impacted me as a reader.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Courtney Summers for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Web_L521-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Review

Shortly after this one was chosen as a group read I went out and bought the book and started reading it. Once I started reading the podcast parts to this story I decided to listen to it as well.  The audiobook is so well done with multiple narrators that really enhance the whole experience with this story. I highly recommend listening to this one.

Sadie is a dark, gritty, moving yet at times bleak story that explores abuse and power and one girl’s driven need to seek revenge.  We follow along as our main character; angry, brave, reckless yet very sensitive Sadie as she searches for the man she believes is responsible for her sister’s murder. We also meet West and through crime podcasts he tracks Sadie’s journey and we hear from people who have met Sadie along the way.  The podcasts are so well done and really adds to the suspense of the story.

From that haunting line from May Beth “My heart can’t take another dead girl” my heartstrings were pulled and I was desperate to find out more about Sadie. Courtney Summers does such a great job drawing us into Sadie’s world.  I instantly fell in love with Sadie. I wanted to protect her, love her and allow her to grieve with me.  I could feel Sadie’s heartbreaking vulnerability, her love and support she had for her sister Maddie. Her grief becomes dangerous and I wanted to keep her safe.

The ending here made for quite a bit to discuss. We had a few different reactions to the ending and it was really interesting to see the different thoughts to the ending, so for that reason alone we highly recommend this one for group reads.

Web_L109-2_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Review

4 stars!    A heart-wrenching and haunting coming-of-age story.

This novel revolves around nineteen-year-old Sadie who has run away from home in the hope of seeking revenge for the murder of her younger sister Mattie.  Sadie has always been Mattie’s protector, taking on a mothering role to Mattie from the time she was born.  Sadie hides many deep and disturbing childhood secrets that she is planning on addressing and exposing in hopes of getting justice for Mattie’s suffering.

This book will break your heart.   It deals with some extremely sensitive and highly disturbing subject matter but is presented in a respectful way that conveys the message without getting into unnecessary detail.  Be prepared for something that will pull at your heartstrings and have you rooting for these characters to find justice.

I enjoyed the presentation and flow of this novel.   It is told in alternating chapters through Sadie’s perspective and then an eight-episode podcast hosted by popular radio host, West McCray.   The podcasts were a fantastic piece of this compelling and suspenseful journey.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Courtney Summers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Web_L095-3_brunette_brown-eyesFrom Kim’s review 

This book is so unique. The author has you following along with Sadie’s journey as she hunts down the killer in Sadie’s own chapters. Yet we also are following along with a radio podcast being put on by a fellow named West McCray. The podcasts are reporting the search for Sadie as she now has gone missing. So they are retracing all Sadie’s steps along the way. I loved the podcast chapters, there was so much personality and it was so entertaining as they interviewed people that Sadie had come into contact with.

I loved this book! I did not pick up this book as an ARC because quite frankly I did not want to read a YA. Well then all the rave reviews started rolling in from people that I know read the same type of books I do and they loved it. So I picked up my copy of Sadie and whoa this is not your typical YA. There was a lot of hardcore, not so pretty details. These details made you feel like you were right there with Sadie. I was rooting for Sadie all the way.  For Kim’s full review

FC-2 VerityFrom Diane’s review

Although marketed for the young adult audience, this book is a worthy crossover. It is hard-hitting, timely, with the movement so often in the news, and the young, Sadie, is sure to win your heart. When Sadie’s younger sister Mattie is murdered, a sister who she raised, Sadie sets off on a journey to find the man responsible. When Sadie’s car is found, empty but holding all her belongings, a neighbor who was more of a mother to the girls than their own contacts a man who does podcasts focusing on cases such as these.

The pages fly by in this book, partly due to its form, alternate chapters between the podcast, called the Girls, and a first-person account by Sadie. Sadie’s vulnerability, her sense of guilt over her sister’s death, and her stutter, quickly wins over the reader. One of my triggers is any type of abuse of children, I usually try to avoid this type of read.

Web_L109-6Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Stunning, breathtaking, and a perfect and highly affecting representation to storyline.
Title: Simply brilliant and such a meaningful representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Edgy, witty, emotive & brilliantly written.
Plot: Engaging, impressive, unforgettable, perfectly-paced, and held my attention.
Ending: An ambiguous ending that I think worked really well for this YA story but didn’t necessarily satisfy my need of knowing a little bit more though.
Overall: Sadie definitely left an impression on me as well as this author’s writing style! Would recommend!

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Have you read this one?  Added it to your to be read list?  Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

13 thoughts on “Sadie by Courtney Summers

  1. I wasn’t sure about this book at first, but keep hearing rave reviews..it’s on my tbr but I haven’t read it. Great reviews!!

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you so much! We would love to hear from you if you do get around to reading it! 💕

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  2. Great reviews! I recently finished this one and enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to.

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you! So glad to hear you enjoyed it too!!

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  3. Sounds so wonderful ladies. I am super anxious to fit this one into my scedule soon. Great reviews everyone!

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    1. It was a really good one, Marialyce and I hope that you do get a chance to fit it in! Thanks so much! 🙂

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  4. Norrie says:

    Can’t wait to read this!
    Have you tried the audio version? I’m planning to listen to it while reading the book.

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Excited for you to read it Norrie! I didn’t listen to the audio but several members in our discussion did and they absolutely loved that enhancement. Hope you love this! Let us know your thoughts once you finish – we would love to hear from you! 💜

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  5. Diana says:

    Fab reviews for shat sounds like quite an interesting YA. Glad you all enjoyed it. I hope to read this one soon 🙂

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks Diana! Hope you enjoy it!

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  6. carhicks says:

    Great reviews ladies. Interesting ideas expressed and I am definitely intrigued, especially about the ending. This one is on my TBR, so I will get to it eventually.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carla! Let me know when you get a chance to read it so I can read your thoughts on it as I’d love to hear them! 🙂

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