Sadie by Courtney Summers
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Expected publication: September 4th, 2018
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.
A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.
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.
Sadie is an incredible story that will grip you from the start and slowly break your heart.
It’s emotional, hard, tense and thrilling! You never know what will happen next but whatever it is, it requires mental preparation.
This book follows a girl named Sadie who is on a journey to find the man who hurt her sister Mattie. She scatters lead after lead to find him. She knows who he is, what he is. And she will not stop until she finds him. Mattie was Sadie’s whole world, she was like a mother to her after her own failed them, but after she was murdered, nothing was left for Sadie, other than making justice with her own hands.
Along with that, we also see West McCray’s investigation for a series called The Girls. He follows every step Sadie made and that leads him to know what happened. We get to see his investigations step-by-step in the present, while at the same time we see Sadie’s steps when they were happening.
It’s quite a different and unique approach that made it even more intense. It touches topics like abuse, alcoholism, drugs, pregnancy at a young age, … in a powerful and hard-hitting way.
As for our MC, I would say she is quite strong-minded, mature for her age and determined, but she is also utterly broken. She is a closed person, who has nothing to lose, doesn’t trust people easily and was devoid of maternal love with the adjacent part of having to deal with her mom’s addiction when she was present, and whoever she brought home. On top of that, she has to deal with her stutter, which is something that makes her look more vulnerable and also less approachable. Her life was just so difficult and tragic and it’s difficult not to hurt! But…
“Sadie turned out good in spite of them, not because of them”
And I truly believe she was an extremely good and lovable person, and I just want to hug her and make everything better and… It’s just SO HARD! My heart hurts after reading this book…
Another thing that hit me hard in this book was this phrase:
“You’d think, as her mother, I would’ve known”
But can we ever? It’s not black and white and more often than not, it’s extremely well hidden, so no. The fact of “being the mother”, doesn’t change that we are still human, and we often don’t see what’s happening because we don’t even think that’s possible! It’s just not the first thing that comes to mind when we think we know a person, right? This part just really broke me and made me cry. We should protect our children and try our best to make them happy and save in this world – but we can’t see everything and that’s why we should, more than anything, teach them to speak up, to trust their parents, to see what’s right and wrong. I believe that would make a difference in many cases, although unfortunately not all… Like I said, it’s just not black and white…
I just don’t even know what to think anymore… There’s just so much to this book. So much to talk about, so much to be noted. So much that shouldn’t be possible, shouldn’t happen! It’s hard to believe things like what we see in this book can happen, but they can and they do. How many young girls and boys are abused? How many children are devoid of family love? How many have to grow up before their time? It’s sad, it’s heartbreaking, but it’s real… It’s told in an extremely realistic way, not sugar coating anything, but also giving hope in a dire and unique way, that will undoubtedly touch your heart!
This is an INCREDIBLE, POWERFUL and EXTREMELY SAD and HARD-HITTING book. It’s not easy to read, but it should be read by everyone! Because more than anything, this book is about love and hope and where that “drives” us.
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