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byCourtney Summers

Hardcover | September 4, 2018

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A New York Times bestseller!
An Edgar Award Winner!

A Booklist Top 10 YA Book for Adult Readers
One of the Best YA Novels of 2018 by Publishers Weekly
One of B&N Teen Blog's Best YA Books of 2018
Bustle's Best Young Adult Books of 2018
Good Morning America's Best Books of 2018
In NPR's Guide to 2018's Greatest Reads
In Paste's 30 Best Young Adult Novels of 2018
Nominated for YALSA's 2019 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

4 Starred Reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers 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

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

Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of several critically acclaimed novels for young adults, including Cracked Up to Be, Some Girls Are, Fall for Anything, This is Not a Test, All the Rage and most recently, Sadie, a New York Times bestseller, Indie bestseller, Odyssey Award winner, Audie Award Winner and Ed...
Title:SadieFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.55 × 5.82 × 1.22 inShipping dimensions:8.55 × 5.82 × 1.22 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250105714

ISBN - 13:9781250105714


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great thriller This audiobook was recommended to me by a friend. The story is written partly as a podcast, so it works really well as an audiobook. There are even sponsorship “ads” for MacMillan Publishers during the podcast chapters, which really made it seem like a podcast. One of the other great things about this audiobook was that it had many different voice actors. Each character had a different voice, which made it seem like a live production. It also made it easier to keep track of the characters. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to follow an audiobook because I listen to it when I’m driving. This one was much easier to follow because it was more like a TV show or play, since it had so many different actors who put a lot of emotion into their voices. This story was fascinating and heartbreaking. There were many horrifying subjects, such as children being sexually assaulted, which were difficult to hear. There weren’t graphic details, but they were implied. These subjects may be difficult for some readers. I loved this story, but the ending didn’t give me the closure that I was hoping for. I don’t want to give anything away, but I enjoyed the whole thriller up until the end, which left me with a big question. I still highly recommend this audiobook. I’ll definitely look for more Courtney Summers books!
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! I was so invested in Sadie's journey and fate right from the beginning. I didn't want to do anything but read this book, so I read it quickly! Some of the subject matter is difficult to read about. The whole story made me feel big feelings throughout. This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time!
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild ride! “And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.” Sadie, focuses on the story of a missing girl, who disappears shortly after her younger sisters murder. The story is written from Sadie’s perspective, and from the perspective of a “true crime” serialized podcast. And this is where I’m going to stop, because I want to spoil nothing about this book! This book drew me in right from the first page, and I had a hard time putting it down (no, seriously, I had to stop myself because I had schoolwork to do). I loved the format in which this was written, and as with most teen books, it moved so quickly! Trigger warning for just about everything, so just be warned that this is a super heavy teen read. But if you’re into true crime, you’re likely going to enjoy this one!
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, But What Happens? This book was one of those books that were so hard to put down. It's suspenseful and leaves you wanting more. It's intense but not scarring in my opinion. The only thing that drove me crazy about this book, was that the ending was a cliff hanger. You never get to find out what actually happens, and if you hate that as much as I do you might not be satisfied.
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book from Courtney Summers! This book was absolutely one of my most-anticipated books of 2018. I loved this book, but be warned that it is difficult. The format was so great, moving through different points in time. And I liked that it included transcripts of interviews and the podcast. It also reminded me why true crime as entertainment has always made me uncomfortable: there are real victims whose pain is consumed in podcasts, books, and TV shows as entertainment. And in the name of entertainment, sometimes the real person gets lost. By going back and forth between West’s podcast and investigation, and Sadie telling her own story, it brought that to the forefront, and given the popularity of true crime podcasts and TV shows, I think it’s a really timely book. The way Sadie’s story was combined with West’s podcast is part of what made this book so captivating. It kept me on the edge of my seat, trying to piece things together as I read. Sadie herself was so fierce and strong, and I was so invested in her story. This is a heartbreaking book (I expect no less from Courtney Summers!), and it made me think about how easily girls can slip through the cracks and disappear. It’s one that I’ll be thinking about for a long time. (Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2018-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Addictive Read Usually not into mysteries but this was a hard book to put down. Its an amazing and intriguing story about family, loss, and grief. The author does an amazing job telling the story with a podcast and also the protagonists perspective!
Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, addictive read! Wow this book! Addictive, powerful, compelling, and dark with loads of shocking twists. The style of writing in this book was absolutely fantastic! It’s not often you read a book as told in a podcast format and although it was a different book for me to read in this way I loved it! It was so unique and lends to the plot very nicely. Well done Courtney! The different points of views flowed nicely in the story and came together in a fantastic way to give the reader a full picture of what was going on. The podcaster takes on the role of detective and is determined to uncover the whole story and the truth of what happened and deliver the story to his podcast listeners. A young girl who takes after her little sister, as their mother is addicted to alcohol and drugs and doesn’t take care of her two young daughters. Sadie finds herself as the motherly role for her younger sister and is devastated when her young sister is found murdered. Sadie is determined to find the person responsible for her sister’s murder and is set on making them pay! We see the world from Sadie’s eyes and her point of view as she sets out to find her sister’s murderer. Her journey takes her to several places where she meets several different people and she is left to fend for herself and she tries to uncover the truth. Will Sadie find the person she is looking for and get the revenge she desperately seeks? A definite must read! All the stars for this powerful, addictive book!
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is like a giant punch to the gut. Sadie's hunt to find her sister's killer and the grief she carries with her is so heavy. The love that Sadie feels for Mattie is so palpable, and you can't help but root for this girl who has gone through so much in her nineteen years. This book isn't for the faint of heart and it's so sad, but it's such a brilliant read and is amazingly written. My feelings about the ending are... I'm fine with it. While I'm reading the final pages of open-ended books I always want to chuck them when they don't give me all the answers, but I've learned that I appreciate those authors and commend them for taking that chance. That being said, I think the plot before that wraps up a bit too quickly and convenient, and would have loved something that made a bigger bang.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imaginative and Unique! I live for out of the box ways to tell a story, similar to Illuminae Files, Sadie takes a different approach and it ended up being highly entertaining. WHAT I LOVED… - PODCASTS! So this is where Sadie is unique – it goes back and forth between Sadie’s (the protagonist) perspective and podcast transcripts of a fictional radio host West McCray. So if you’re a fan of podcasts, especially The Serial, then buckle up – this book is for you. They also created the podcasts IRL so you can listen along as you read and I LOVED it. It just added that “je ne sais quoi”. - ALL THE FEELS! This books is not a light read. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Courtney has a way of connecting with the reader very quickly, and you quickly have that lump in your throat and awful pit in the stomach as you read this heartbreaking story. - PACING! I really enjoyed the pacing of the story, and how the podcast was just a few steps behind Sadie’s storyline. So as the reader we knew more about what happened than the folks in the podcast majority of the book because we have Sadie’s insight first. What the podcast offers is more perspectives of the people she met along the way and as well as her mother and “grandmother”. Trigger warnings: Child Murder, Child Molestation and Abuse, Violence I highly recommend this read if you’re into True Crime or Podcasts, especially The Serial, or if you’re looking to expand your reading experience by combining it with the podcasts. You can check out “The Girls” podcasts on The Stitcher or your apple podcasts app.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intensely memorable! I've been a huge fan of Courtney Summers and everything she writes from the moment I read one of her books. I waited anxiously to read SADIE, and I wasn't disappointed. SADIE is both a thriller and a mystery without being precisely either of those, and it also addresses the issues surrounding a story of "yet another dead girl.” Summers reveals information in an intriguing way, alternating between Sadie's story about going after the person she knows is responsible for killing her little sister and a radio journalist's documentary a few months later trying to figure out what could have happened to Sadie, who has become yet another missing girl. This is a fascinating, fast-paced read, one that I devoured in a single sitting. And Sadie herself is right up there with my favourite complicated female protagonists, which are always a specialty of Courtney Summers. (Plus, Summers is Canadian! How can you go wrong?)
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly immersive! SO glad I picked this one up! Following Sadie to find her sister’s killer was both heartbreaking and incredibly gripping. In less than 2 days did I power through this one. One of the most unique things about this book is that half of it follows Sadie while the other half is a podcast created that follows the investigation about Sadie’s dissapearance. I listened to the podcast after I read the book but you can also listen to the podcast portions instead of reading them! What an immersive experience.
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Sitting read for me! Sadie has been raising her little sister Mattie all of her life. Their addict mother left and Sadie has been trying to give her the best life she can. When Mattie is found murdered, Sadie is devastated. The police investigation is going nowhere, so Sadie decides to find the killer herself. Now here's the fun part. Sadie is told as a podcast. A brilliant idea Courtney! I love listening to podcasts and starting 'hearing' the book as I read. We come to know the host, West McCray, and follow along with the investigation week to week (chapter to chapter). "...The Girls explores what happens when a devastating crime reveals a deeply unsettling mystery. It's a story about family, about sisters, and the untold lives lived in small town America. It's about the lengths we go to protect the ones we love...and the high price we pay when we can's. And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl." Now I don't know about you, but I was hooked by that introduction from the podcast. Alternating are chapters from Sadie in real time as she pursues the killer. We get to know her more intimately in her chapters and become privy to her inner thoughts, worries, hopes and more. I liked her as a lead character very much and was firmly in her corner as she set out. But oh, some of it's downright gut-wrenching. (And don't even get me started on the ending!) Sadie turned into a one sitting read for me - I just couldn't put it down, caught up in Sadie's pursuit and West's exploration of what happened. Such a great read!
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting. Gripping. Unforgettable. It's been three years since Courtney Summers' All the Rage was released. Three years! But the wait for her new book was oh so worth it. In the same vein as All the Rage, Sadie is an unflinching, emotionally-charged novel. It will make you feel angry. And helpless. Because Sadie may be a fictional novel, but the events that unfold aren't so far from reality. "And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl." When Sadie's thirteen-year-old sister Mattie is found dead just outside their small town, her world crumbles. Life in Cold Creek, Colorado has never been easy for Sadie and Mattie, not with an addict mother who was always high on drugs and switched boyfriends, but they had each other at least. When the police investigation goes cold, Sadie decides to take justice into her own hands and track down her sister's killer. West McCray, a longtime radio producer, is working on a segment in nearby town when he overhears the tragedy of Mattie's death. However, it's not until a year later that he's contacted by May Beth Foster, Sadie and Mattie's neighbour and a grandmother figure in their lives. She asks him to help her find Sadie, who's been missing for three months. Girls go missing all the time. It's not a new story. Yet the more West McCray learns about Sadie through interviews and retracing her steps across thousands of miles, the more he's curious and invested in finding her. The alternating POVs each chapter, from Sadie's perspective in real time to West McCray's podcast transcripts, made Sadie such a unique read. I wouldn't exactly call Sadie a thriller, yet there's a real sense of urgency in uncovering the truth. Why did Sadie run away? How did she know who killed her sister? It was like an addiction. I had to know what happened, even though I knew it wasn't going to pretty. An unforgettable and gripping mystery, Sadie is Courtney Summers' best book yet. The ending was haunting and perfect, and when I turned the last few pages, I didn't even realize tears had welled up in my eyes. It was such an intense experience! I really can't imagine Sadie concluding any other way. If I had to pick some of my fave books of the year so far, Sadie would definitely be among them. ** I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literary PERFECTION My experience with Sadie perfectly exemplifies why a book has to be read at the exact right time. I dove into ARC August by picking up Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter, which is an adult thriller, and I DEVOURED it in two days. Since Sadie was next in the review queue, I picked it up next but just couldn't get into. I decided I had time to read other things and give it a second shot later in the month. When I picked Sadie back up, it sucked me right into the story. Reading a YA thriller right after an adult thriller was setting up my reading experience for failure and I'm so glad that I set it aside for a time when I'd feel in the mood. The writing style in Sadie is so unique! I've loved all of Courtney's previous books, but this one stands out as being different from the rest of her work. The story intermixes the script of a serial podcast with chapters narrated by Sadie. At the beginning of the novel, we find out that Sadie has gone missing. The podcast narrator is searching for her after her disappearance and interviewing people from her life as well as people she's crossed paths with after she left home. The chapters narrated by Sadie start after she's left home. The narrative as these two timelines interweave, overlap and reveal pieces of the puzzle that fall into place one by one is absolutely GENIUS. I was a fan of Courtney's before but now all I can do is bow down in front of her master literary skills. Sadie is unlike any other YA book I've read and unlike any other thriller I've ever read. The publisher also produced a serial podcast that is available through iTunes. I've only listened to the first one, but I love the mixed media aspect and the way it mirrored episode 1 in the book. The mixed media aspect is so unique and I feel like this would be a lure for kids who "don't read" -- that the idea of being able to listen to parts of the book, but reading the extra chapters, could be a great introduction into the wonderful world of books and reading. I could rave and rave about this book all night, so let me just leave you with this: please, please, please do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of Sadie. I promise you that it'll be worth it. Note: An egalley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read! Sadie is a unique story focusing on a young woman who, once finding out that her sister has not only been taken from her but murdered, has her mind set on revenge. Out for blood, Sadie will stop at nothing to get her hands on Mattie's murderer. This is the first Courney Summers' book I've read and I have to say that Summers knows what she is doing. By taking surprisingly bold risks, she tackles heavy issues in a way that leaves you not only thinking about the story or it's contents but also the words she has written. Honestly, it was a bit overwhelming to be reading such a emotional, hard-hitting, story. It makes you feel so many emotions and demands your utmost attention. It will move you in a way that not many authors are able to accomplish. Sadie was well-written, emotional, dark, gripping, disturbing. It was a tough book to go through but one that, I can not stress enough, has to be read. The pace was rather slow in the beginning but ended up building momentum as the story progressed. I enjoyed the whole podcast format, which has become increasingly popular with authors and readers alike. Alternating between the podcast episodes and Sadie's voice worked well in this context, it helped build up the tension and create an atmosphere that leaves readers sitting on the edge of there seat. Macmillan has released a podcast that follows the novel every Wednesday, if you want to check that out I will be leaving the link to the podcast above. Sadie was beyond-a-doubt my favourite character to read. Though she may have a dark past and intrusively dark thoughts, she is able to show how good of character she truly is. Having gone through what she has, Sadie grows up faster than she should. I felt the most for her and Mattie throughout the story and couldn't help but wish their story could have gone differently. By ending the story the way she did, Summers made Sadie's story feel that much more real. This was truly an amazingly moving, and disturbing, book to read about the strong bonds of sisterhood, the responsibilities that are placed on children way too young, facing loss, revenge, and hope. Overall, Sadie is a book that simply must be read. Seriously, pick it up. With that being said, sensitive readers should take into account the trigger warnings mentioned below and know their limitations. TRIGGER WARNING: This story does contain child abuse, pedophilia, sexual assault, drug and alcohol abuse, and graphic violence.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I read a digital ARC of this and despite being marketed as YA, this is a disturbing story filled with graphic, exploitative violence, murder and sexual abuse. The formatting is jarring, and I believe the author should have written the story from Sadie's point of view and cut out the podcast entirely. There are so many better YA mystery/thrillers than this that it just isn't worth a read. I would recommend the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavellaro or Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson instead of this.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Well, this is certainly a dark thriller. Emphasis on the dark. I can see why it's already getting so many glowing reviews and praise. I get it. I just didn't feel it. When I was reading the book was compelling and thrilling; made me want to turn the page. But if I put it down there was no desire to pick it back up. Which was a me issue. Sadie paints a bleak and disturbing story. A hell of a lot of trigger warnings to be had. I liked the mutli-media type story. Sadie had her part and then the true crime podcast chapters really made it.
Date published: 2018-07-06

Editorial Reviews

"A riveting tour de force" -- Kirkus (Starred Review)"Summers excels at slowly unspooling both Sadie's and West's investigations at a measured, tantalizing pace".--Booklist (Starred review)"The fresh, nuanced, and fast-moving narrative will appeal to a range of YA and new adult readers, and serves as a larger examination on the way society interacts with true crime...It's impossible to not be drawn into this haunting thriller of a book. A heartrending must-have." -- School Library Journal (Starred Review)"A taut, suspenseful book about abuse and power." -- Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)"Summers has pulled no punches when it comes to diving into the darker side of teen lives." -Bustle"An expertly crafted, genre-defying YA mystery. ...Sadie is a triumph of innovative storytelling." -- Washington Independent Review of Books "An electrifying thriller, taut as a bowstring. A coming-of-age tale, both gritty and sensitive. A poignant drama of love and loss. This -- all this -- is 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-a gripping thriller with a true-crime podcast edge. 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. Sadie grabs you and won't let you go until you've borne witness." -Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and The Divergent series