Author: Courtney Summers
Published: September 4, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: September 3-13, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
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.
Sadie is very unique and I mean this in a good way. You can really see how society is changing with the way books are now being written; and Sadie is the perfect example of this change. We have two narrators: Sadie and a podcaster.
Sadie is a YA novel as in the character is YA in age (Young Adult) but for me she was more of a NA(New Adult) character with the themes in the novel. This one is definitely NOT for younger YA readers. It deals with difficult subject matter: abuse, murder, and revenge.
The narrations go back and forth between Sadie and podcaster West McCray. He gets pulled into Sadie’s story and really does want to find her. Without West McCray Sadie would have just been ‘another missing girl’. As West is determined to find her, we the reader also want to find her! Sadie’s pov is not an easy one to read as she has had a very difficult life. Sadie believes she knows who murdered her sister and relentlessly tries to find him at all costs.
For most of the novel I thought it was going to be a 4 or 4.5 star read for me until it got to a certain point and then I had different feelings! It’s hard to say too much about Sadie without giving spoilers.
There is also a ‘real’ podcast that enhances the read! You can search for The Girls podcast on Apple Podcast. If you are an Android user, don’t feel left out: You can get The Girls via Google Podcasts. This was how I was able to access the podcast. There are six episodes then a Courtney Summers interview. I recommend reading the novel and then listen to the podcast when each ‘episode’ finishes in the novel. The audio podcast really adds to this experience. A great job was done with the podcast to make it feel ‘real’. If this is the future of books, bring it on!
Sadie is highly recommended. Thank you to Wednesday Books for the copy I was sent!