Book Review: “Sadie” by Courtney Summers

This review is spoiler free!

I first stumbled upon this book in an Instagram ad. Increasingly intrigued about its contents, I chose to pick it up at Barnes and Noble one afternoon and dive right in to “Sadie”, without much knowledge of how much this book would impact me.

This book absolutely broke my heart. There’s no sugar coating it.

Following the death of her sister, nineteen-year-old Sadie Hunter is haunted by her past and a desire to correct the wrongs in her life – even if that means she will have to kill a man.

Sadie’s out for the blood of the man she is certain killed her sister, Mattie. She’s spent her entire life building herself into Mattie’s mother-figure in the absence of their drug-addicted mother. Sadie’s disappearance causes Sadie and Mattie’s surrogate grandmother, May Beth, to seek the help of radio personality West McCray in the search. West records a serialized podcast, detailing his own search for Sadie, which he titled, “The Girls.”

I believe that this book wasn’t written to be a comfortable read. Courtney Summers tackles several hard topics, such as pedophilia, abuse, drug-addiction, etc. The novel grabs the reader by the ankle and submerges them in Sadie’s feelings of grief, guilt, and anger.

Sadie’s narrative voice is so developed throughout the novel, driving the story forward. When Sadie speaks, she stutters. But her internal voice is so powerful, which is one of the things that makes this story so compelling.

That, and the use of the podcast transcripts of the book that switches with Sadie’s POV. I didn’t think much of the podcasts at the start of the novel, but it does an excellent job in aiding with the plot. I loved the way that Summers used this to her advantage, and the way that it showed me a different side of Sadie and Mattie’s life.

Overall, I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is because I’m still bitter about the ending, but I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out!

For those that are interested, here’s the full synopsis of Sadie (courtesy of the dust jacket):

When popular radio personality West McCray receives a desperate phone call from a stranger imposing him to find nineteen-year0old runaway Sadie Hunter, he’s not convinced there’s a story there; girls go missing all the time. But as soon as West’s boss discovers Sadie fled home after the brutal murder of her little sister, Mattie, he sees the making of something big and orders West to the small town of Cold Creek, Colorado, to uncover what happened.

Sadie has no idea that her story will soon become the subject of a blockbuster podcast. She just wants revenge. Armed with a switchblade, Sade follows a meager set of close hoping they’ll lead to the man who took Mattie’s life, because she’s determined to make him pay for it with his own. But as West traces her journey to the darkest, most dangerous corners of big cities and small towns, a deeply unsettling mystery begins to unfold – one that’s bigger than them both. Can he find Sadie before it’s too late?

Book Stats:

  1. Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery

  2. Plot: Sadie seeks revenge on the man she believes killed her sister

  3. POV: First person and podcast transcripts (alternating)

  4. Cliffhanger: Yes (with no anticipated series)

  5. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Have you read Sadie? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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