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Sadie by Courtney Summers
Series: a novel
Print Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Edition: Advanced Reader Copy - paperback
Genre: Contemporary, young adult, mystery
I received an ARC of Sadie by Courtney Summers from Wednesday Books for review purposes.#FindSadie #ReadSadie
THIS BOOK DOES CONTAIN SEXUAL ABUSE, DRUG ABUSE, AND PEDOPHILIA
I really feel like that was not clear based on the synopsis. Being a victim of molestation myself from ages 3 to 8 years old, this book was hard to read in the middle. I felt queasy, reliving past trauma. I did finish after a long break and preparing myself because of course I wanted to know what happened to Sadie, but there was a part where I didn’t know if I could. Maybe this story should come with a trigger warning in the preface. I was not prepared.
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.
"I always forget fear is a conquerable thing but I learn it over and over again and that, I guess, is better than never learning it."
The recurring theme is sisterly love and bond.
- Danny Gilchrist-boss for public radio introduces the 8 episode The Girls podcast by West McCray
- West McCray- public radio personality follows clues looking for runaway Sadie Hunter
- May Beth Foster-68, manager of Sparkling River Estates trailer park where Sadie lived. Grandma figure to the girls
- Sadie Lera Hunter- 19, has a stutter. runaway, goes on a quest to find her sisters killer
- Mattie Southern- 13, Sadie’s dead sister
- Claire Southern- Sadie and Mattie’s mom, addict
2 POV: podcast and Sadie
- The podcast is narrated by West McCray as he interviews people after Mattie's death in Sadie's hometown of Cold Creek and then interviews and observations following Sadie's trail after she runs away.
- The second narrator is told from Sadie's POV as she follows leads, determined to find and confront her sister's killer. Sadie also has moments of PTSD where she relives being molested by her mother's ex-boyfriend.
- Timeline starts after Mattie's death and Podcast airs present day (October, 1 year after Mattie's murder)
- Cold Creek Colorado- a rundown village
What did I like about the book?
I've never listened to a podcast but on Goodreads it says 'Listen to the The Girls podcast from Sadie: http://bit.ly/SadiePodcast' It is only a 1 minute trailer but I really like that. The narrator goes around interviewing people associated with Sadie which launches into an investigation. I really enjoyed how the podcast showed the many people affected by this story.
Sadie is a well written character. She has a stutter, barely an adult but spent a good portion of her childhood solely taking care of her little sister. I don't have any experience with stuttering but I liked reading about the different reactions how it made Sadie feel. Sadie came from poverty, never leaving her little village but was determined to stand up to the person that killed the only family she has meaning she had to travel a great distance by herself and be really brave. Her fierce determination along with all the realistic obstacles that she faces made for a wonderful story.
What did I not like about the book?
- .I was unprepared for Sadie's moments remembering being sexually abused and it hit me hard. I had to walk away from the book for a few hours and get into the right mindset before picking it back up.
- Also, there was some unnecessary repetition between Sadie and the podcast that I think could've been used differently to better enhance the flow of the story
Date Started/Finished : July 29, 2018
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