Sadie Out Now!
4 Starred Reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly!
"Sadie: a novel for readers of any age, and a character as indelible as a scar. Flat-out dazzling."--A.J. Finn, #1
New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"Sadie is an electrifying, high-stakes road trip. Clear your schedule. You're not going anywhere until you've reached the end." ―Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of There's Someone Inside Your House and Anna and the French Kiss
"A haunting, gut-wrenching, and relentlessly compelling read." ―Veronica Roth, #1
New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and The Divergent series
Read this gripping novel about the depth of a sister's love with an ending you won't be able to stop talking about.
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.
About the Author:
Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario, 1986. At age 14, she dropped out of high school. At age 18, she wrote her first novel. Cracked Up to Be was published in 2008, when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published four more critically acclaimed books: Some Girls Are, Fall for Anything, This is Not a Test and All the Rage, as well as an e-novella, Please Remain Calm which is a sequel to This is Not a Test. Her new novel, Sadie, is available now wherever books are sold. #findsadie
In 2016, Courtney was named one of Flare Magazine’s 60 under 30.
official website: courtneysummers.ca
Author: Courtney Summers
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with this ARC.
So, this book has been appearing on my feed a lot. To be honest whenever I put my name in for an ARC, I wasn’t even sure what Sadie was about. I was taken by surprise and this surprise ended up being a good one. I really enjoyed it. This is my first Courtney Summers book and I know I will be back for more.
Courtney digs into the darkest parts of the real world-parts that we really don’t want to go into. While most young adult books feature main characters who live a rather comfortable life, the characters in Sadie are faced everyday with struggles and darkness. We are taken into the deepest and darkest parts of a teenage girl’s mind-one that most people think doesn’t actually exist. We get to experience grief, hardship, hope, love, and fear. It is like you are a teenager again, expect I’m sure that many of us haven’t been through what Sadie has.
Courtney makes you feel really deeply for both Sadie and Mattie. You become a part of their daily lives and just simply really feel for them. Mattie is Sadie’s entire world and once she loses her, she will do anything and everything to make it right. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking we’ve had this a million times, but I truly did feel something for them. Everything is a lot more complicated than what it looks on the surface and you will find yourself drawn to them. I promise….
Sadie isn’t your normal young adult lead either. She’s not perfect. She has a severe stutter, which I think is a nice touch. How many strong young adult characters do we come across with a speech disorder? Not very many. And how many kids have them? A lot! I think it will draw a lot of readers to Sadie’s character…Anyway…She is determined to find out who killed her sister and will do anything to avenge her sister’s death. She is determined, loyal, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. Unlike so many characters, she does have to bring out the claws and it’s so heartbreaking. She is alone and has no one. Those who should be there for her aren’t.
I think what really adds to the story is the writing. We switch back and forth between Sadie and a radio show. Now, I personally thought that this was a nice mix. I don’t know if everyone else feels this way, but I enjoyed it. McCray is not really involved in the situation, but at the same time, he is. It kind of reminded me of those crime investigation shows on TV-can’t think of what they are called at the moment. Anyway….I thought it added an extra punch to the story.
So, we really don’t find out what happened to Sadie at the end. It really does make you wonder and leave you wanting for me. However, I don’t know if a second book is needed. Sadie going into the unknown just kind of fits her character.
There are a few trigger warnings though. This book does deal with drug abuse, sex abuse, and pedophilia. I would not recommend Sadie to younger readers.
Overall, a great read! I really enjoyed it.
This book comes out September 4, 2018.