Book Review – Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie by Courtney Summers


Author: Courtney Summers
Published: September 4, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Mystery

Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I received an e-ARC from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.


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.

Trigger warning: Pedophilia, sexual abuse, drug abuse.

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Courtney Summers

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 AreFall for AnythingThis 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, hits bookstores September 4th, 2018.

You can find Courtney on Twitter.

Sadie by Courtney Summers


“And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.”

This is the first book by Courtney Summers I’ve ever read and the story of Sadie is one I will not forget anytime soon.

Sadie is a 19-year-old girl who grew up in a trailer park in Colorado. In her childhood she had to cope with her mother’s drug abuse and several boyfriends. She has one thing to live for and that is her 13-year-old sister Mattie. Sadie tries to protect Mattie from the darkness of her mother’s neglect and the cruelty of her mother’s physically, verbally and sexually abusive boyfriends. When their mother leaves the girls, it’s just the two of them and May Beth Foster, the manager of the trailer park who takes care of Sadie and Mattie.

But then Mattie gets murdered and Sadie’s whole world falls apart. She sets out on a mission to bring her sister’s murderer to justice. Sadie is driven by love for her sister, she is focused, smart and I really felt connected to her and her story while reading this novel.

West McCray stumbles upon Sadie’s story and is asked by May Beth to find Sadie and bring her back home, because

“I can’t take another dead girl.”

West McCray is a radio personality and he starts a podcast, called ‘The Girls’, about how he tracks Sadie’s journey. He is trying to figure out what happened to Sadie, who murdered Mattie and where Sadie is now.

The book is written in two narratives. The first is the podcast in which we follow McCray on his journey to find Sadie. The second is a first person perspective of Sadie. The first person narrative is suffocating to read and you can feel Sadie’s desperation.

Although this is a fictional crime story, it felt real and it really came to life. Sadie is the first book ever to make me cry. The story isn’t pretty and it doesn’t end like a fairy tale. It’s a strong, powerful and important story about sisterhood, love and neglect, abuse, revenge and justice. While reading, I was constantly thinking ‘Please, find Sadie and save her’.

5 out of 5 stars.



The GirlsThe Girls‘ is a new podcast based on Sadie.

You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc.

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  1. Wow what a hook of an opening line! I have seen this book everywhere but I will be honest that I never gave it the time of day due to the cover – I made a lot of assumptions about this that are clearly false. Great review and this seems like something I would really enjoy!

  2. This sounds like an interesting mix of genres! I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I hadn’t heard much about this book so thank you for sharing!


  3. WOW, the first book to make you cry! I am a huge crier, so I’m almost certain this will have me bawling like a baby. This will be my second Courtney Summers book, and my first one (All the Rage) was absolutely amazing too!

  4. I LOVED this book! And you’re right. It did feel real. I’m actually looking forward to reading other books from Courtney Summers 🙂