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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.
Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250105714
Branch Call Number: YA SUMMERS
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm


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LPL_WilliamO Oct 09, 2018

Timely. Thrilling. Heart-wrenching. This story will definitely stay with me. The narrative alternates between an investigative podcast and the voice of Sadie, the older sister who goes searching for her sister's murderer. I listened to the audiobook, which has a full cast, and it was brilliant.

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SAPL_Teens Jan 18, 2021

Sadie is angry and will stop at nothing to find Keith... or is it Darren? The man she's hunting changes identity to conceal his true evil nature. Sadie is on the run and meets people along the way. Hot on her trail is a podcaster who is following in her footsteps to piece everything together. I really could not put this book down. One of the reasons I liked it so much was that you're always guessing "what happens next?" because you know that Sadie won't stop until she seeks total revenge. I think this is a book to give to older teens, or younger teens who can handle mature content. The details were very descriptive and some scenes are a bit violent. I think some adults would also like reading this book to understand what it's like to be a teenager without a lot of control in your life. It's an amazing book that is impossible to put down! Please read it today! 5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Nov 24, 2020

While I did not enjoy the podcast type narrative, the parts of the story where Sadie herself was narrating were excellent. Ultimately that's what kept me reading. A very good story!

Sep 29, 2020

Sadie's sister, Mattie is dead; killed by someone who picked her up as she was headed out of town to find her mother living in LA. Sadie can no longer live, knowing that the man she believes is Mattie's killer is still out there. When she takes what money she has left and goes on the road to find him, she unearths clues and ugly secrets.
In Sadie, we get two different perspectives in alternating chapters; one is Sadie's perspective while the other is in the form of a podcast called "The Girls," which details an investigation being conducted by journalist, West McCray. Between the two, we get a picture of Sadie's and Mattie's unhappy lives living in a trailer court with a drug addicted, alcoholic mother, who eventually runs off leaving Sadie at thirteen years old to raise her younger sister. This is just an extremely sad story that offers no hope or redemption. Overall, Sadie is well written and full of emotion, but a much too depressing ride to make it an enjoyable read.

CCPL_Teens Sep 17, 2020

If you love audiobooks, this is definitely one to check out, and it's also perfect for true-crime podcast fans.

Aug 03, 2020

I picked up this book as something different than I usually read, and it delivered. The podcast format works quite well, and the writing lends well to the mystery and suspense.

Aug 03, 2020

I listened to the audiobook for this for most part, and it was such a delight (especially the radio show parts, which I actually enjoyed far more as audio instead of reading). Here's my review from goodreads —

On a more serious note though, wow. This was stunning. I can't believe how much effect this book had on me and I'm not sure how I'm sleeping tonight. What a masterpiece. I absolutely ADORED the back and forth between Sadie's perspective of the past, and our radio show host retracing her footsteps in the present. The audiobook was an even better experience because you could hear different people's voices and it gave them so much character. I loved this. I adored how we unravelled the story little by little (and yet, the ending left me ??)

Sadie's character, her grief, her desperation to avenge Mattie, and the sheer adrenaline of wanting to eliminate Keith that she was running on was in a twisted way relatable. I have a sister eight years younger to me and my blood boils thinking of things like this happening to little girls. I could feel Sadie's raw emotions and in a weird way, I understood her.

Each character we talked to in this story had such a different voice, such a different reason, such a different way of looking at things — it was amazing to learn about all of them through the radio show.

Also can we talk about HOW CREATIVE OF A WAY THIS IS TO TELL A STORY? I loved all the radio show sessions. Every time my audiobook went 'The Girls, Season 1' I was literally so excited because I loved all the perspectives I was getting and the way it was paralleling the host tracing Sadie's steps which were revealed in Sadie's POV originally, or would be in the future. It was such a delight, and I love, love, loved it.

Overall, this is such a solid book and the only reason possibly it doesn't have five stars is because I'm still salty over that ending (although, admittedly, that's what made this book even more powerful and ingrained in my brain for years to come). Such a beautiful story I'm so grateful to have had a chance to know, and, just, wow. Wow. I'm blown away and would recommend this to absolutely anyone I meet. Wow. You know what? I'm wrong. I'm changing my rating to 5 stars because this was just out of this world. Beautiful. So well written, so well conveyed. What a story. I know I'm going to think about this a LOT.

First thoughts after ending book — (spoiler)
HOLD UP. WAIT. WHAT? WHAT? No, excuse me, what? WHY? WHERE IS SHE? WHAT HAPPENED? TELL ME. YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME THERE. Keith deserved so much worse. What happened to Sadie though? Where is she? Is she alive? Is she alright? What in the world? (spoiler over)

ArapahoeTanya May 28, 2020

I loved the audiobook version of this mystery/crime novel. It is told in alternating points of view from the missing Sadie and a podcast (with a full cast of characters) that is trying to find her. I could not stop listening to this book and it kept me on the edge of my seat! One of my favorite books of all time.

Sep 04, 2019

100% listen to the audio book version of this novel. A huge chunk of this novel is set up almost like an interview/ podcast show, so the wide range of voice actors just bring this novel to life. Also the main character Sadie has a speech disorder, so the audio book just really grasped and brought her character to life! If you are a fan of murder documentaries like "Unsolved Mysteries," then you will LOVE this book. The whole book is filled with 'interviews' and flashbacks, etc. just like a true crime episode. I will say that this novel is about a very hard topic. The main theme around this book is Child Molestation. The main character Sadie is molested as a child by her mother's boyfriend 'Keith' and years later when her sister Mattie turns up dead, she is hell bent on getting revenge. This leads her on a cross country trek trying to track down the man named 'Keith.' Sadie knows it in her bones that he is responsible for Mattie's death. When Sadie never comes back home, West McCray a Podcast host is determined to follow the clues and to find Sadie. ...This book deserves ALL THE STARS! Everyone should read this novel. More people should be talking about this book! Someone read it so we can talk about that stunning and justice filled ending! I will say that I have never read anything like this, it had such a unique plot line and writing style. This book was a psychological thriller and it was tragic and riveting in so many ways. I wish I could go more into detail, but I just don't want to give too much away!

Aug 28, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! I was unsure of how well the use of podcasting as a narrative device would play out, and was pleasantly surprised. I've been binging YA crime fiction lately and this one was the best of the bunch, hands down.

Aug 28, 2019

I know I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy novels, and that is because I enjoy analyzing and dealing with the real-world issues that they present me with in their context of a make-believe world with its own rule. But sometimes, other genres do it just as well for me. Sadie is one great example of this. I like how it takes time to examine Sadie’s case from the perspective of others-especially those who were close to her-and yet switches often to see how things played out from Sadie’s point of view as well as her motives. It provides an in-depth, personal view of a major real-world problem, forcing readers to acknowledge and truly think about it. For that, I give it a nine out of ten.
@R2-D2 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Sadie is a 2018 young adult, mystery novel written by Courtney Summers. Being an intense read, "Sadie" follows a broken girl's journey of revenge. I very much loved this book's format of switching perspectives, and the back and forth of events that happened then explaining them in the present time. Summers really excels in keeping her audience interested, leaving this novel one not to miss. Though there are some triggering topics discussed, (suicide, abuse, etc..) they don’t seem excessive and for the most part, details are inferred and up to the reader. Definitely recommend, and would read again. 5 Star. @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sadie is a story about a girl who runs away on a mission to find the person who killed her sister. The chapters switch between Sadie’s point of view and a podcast that tells Sadie’s story months after she ran away. Sadie is following every lead to get revenge on her sister’s killer, but nobody else knows that’s where she went. West McCray, the host of the podcast, follows leads to find out where Sadie went and what happened to her. This story is very exciting and has many cliff-hangers, with some chapters ending without you ever finding out how it ended. This book was darker than typical teen stories, and Sadie’s life was not easy or glamorous, so I would recommend it for an older or more mature crowd, such as 15 or older. I would rate this book 9/10 stars.
@bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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My eyes burn, and tears slip down my cheeks and I can't even imagine how pathetic I look. Girl with a busted face, torn-up arm, begging for the opportunity to save other girls. Why do I have to beg for that?


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