Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers


Date Started: 9/3/18

Date Finished: 9/8/18

Publication Date: 9/4/18

Genre: YA Mystery-Thriller

Rating: 5/5



Sadie by Courtney Summers intrigued me from the very start. I’m an avid fan of podcasting, so when I heard that this book was told partially in the form of a podcast, I scrambled to get an ARC of it. I’m so glad that I did, because even if the story isn’t pretty, it’s worth being heard.

The narrative revolves around Sadie, a girl with a stutter. Right from the start, I appreciated the inclusion of this speech impediment. I’ve rarely seen stutters portrayed in books, and none so well as here. Sadie’s quest throughout this novel is pretty straightforward; She wants to avenge her sister’s death, so she has to find the man that killed her. Most of the plot involves her going from location to location, finding clues that will aid her on her search.

The way that Sadie’s narration and the podcast work together is beautiful. Sometimes things that were skipped over in Sadie’s chapters are explained in the podcast, and vice versa. They compliment each other well, and we get a feeling for a lot of characters who would otherwise be flat side characters if left alone in Sadie’s narrative.

As for the characters, they all felt so real, even the smaller ones. The dual narration styles help with that, but everyone felt like they had their own story and life behind them. From typical spoiled teenagers to stressed single mothers, there’s a wide cast of characters in Sadie.

This novel isn’t as gritty and dark as I thought it would be, but at the same time, it’s just as gritty and dark as I thought it would be. That probably doesn’t make sense, but bear with me. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil anything, but while there’s nothing explicitly bad on the pages, there’s plenty left up to the imagination.

I’d say that the novel started out a little slow, but that’s not a bad thing. It just took me a bit to get into the podcast sections, but once I was into the novel, it flew by in a flash! I think I read 75% of the novel in one sitting. It really picks up after a while, and you won’t be able to put it down.

Now, once again I won’t spoil anything, but the ending made me feel something. I’m torn on if I liked it or not. Mostly, it just confused me, but I think in the back of my head I’ve formed an explanation for it. If you ever want to chat about it, send me a message.

I think that the story itself, and the characters in it, are so important. It’s not a lighthearted summer read. This story is gritty and rough and makes you feel uncomfortable things. It’s not for the faint of heart at all, and this isn’t a book you’ll love or like. It’s a book you’ll feel, and you’ll probably feel it deeply. I laid on my bed for a while after I finished it, just thinking.

In the end, I really appreciated Sadie. If you enjoyed The Lovely Bones you might like this novel. I’ll end this review with a fun fact that I just learned about this book: there’s actually a real podcast based on the novel! It’s the same text as the novel. I haven’t checked it out fully yet, but I’m sure it’ll add to the experience.

*I recieved an e-arc of this book via Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts are my own.*

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