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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: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250105714
Branch Call Number: YA SUM
Characteristics: 311 p. ;,22 cm


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I thought this book was written in an interesting perspective. If you are a fan of podcasts like "serial", where someone investigates an old unsolved case, you'll definitely like this book. The radio investigation in this novel is titled, "The Girls", and it follows the case of a missing girl, Sadie, and her dead sister Mattie. Mattie and Sadie grew up living hard. Sadie lived harder, trying to protect her younger sister, Mattie, from the harsh world she knows. With no father and a mother that battles addiction and brings strange men home a lot, the girls had to struggle to survive. Mattie disappears after their mother decides to leave them, and days later her body is found. Sadie, who suffers from a stutter, will not be stopped on her way to track down her sister's murderer no matter who gets in her way. Her story is pieced together by the radio host, West McCray, when the story in Sadie's perspective, stops. It's a great suspense novel that I devoured in two days.

Pippi_L Jul 02, 2019

This is a fast-moving thriller that you won't be able to put down once you've started it. It will make a great summer read!

Feb 19, 2019

Really, really good and engaging. Personally, I would have liked a little bit more closure, but over all I just really enjoyed the read.

VaughanPLKim Jan 17, 2019

Courtney Summers doesn't shy away from writing about difficult subjects, as is the case here. When nineteen-year-old Sadie goes missing after leaving home to track down her sister's killer, reporter and podcaster West McCray tries to find out the truth about what happened to the sisters. It's not an easy book to read, but at the same time I found myself not wanting to put it down as I tried to figure out the clues alongside West. Recommended for mystery fans.

Jan 10, 2019

Listen to the audiobook.

Jan 09, 2019

** spoiler alert **
Courtney Summers writes tough books. They are raw, brutal, real, and messy. Sadie plays out as a true crime podcast, with all the binge-able obsession of Serial, In the Dark, or Dirty John. It is one of those stories that internet sleuths live for. What happened? How can we help? It is the stuff of message boards and Facebook posts. AS is frequently the case with Summers, this story feels real. The characters and the drama are right in front of our face. These are stories we see everyday. And we are placed into a reflection of the darkness that exists. It is without a doubt a story that will never leave me, as I wonder, "What happened to Sadie?"

ArapahoeKati Dec 26, 2018

If you like podcasts, true crime and young adult fiction, stop what you’re doing and go read this book. I spent Christmas Eve morning doing nothing but reading this.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 01, 2018

Since a significant portion of this is presented as a podcast script, the audio is AMAZING. Tough content, but important. This one is going to stick with me.

Nov 28, 2018

The two words that best describe Sadie are dark and depressing. The whole novel has a storm cloud type feeling about it and no matter how you try, you just can't shake it off. Sadie is extremely broken, and there seems to be no way back for her from where she's come from and what she's endured. She doesn't want or ask for help at all. I can't identify with her and the decisions she makes. Granted, it moves her along to where she needs to be, but the way she goes about things makes me grind my teeth and shake my head. Sadie's motivations for her journey are clear to her, but as the reader or listener, I can't match her dogged determination in catching up with her sister's killer. We don't learn much about Maddie except for what May Beth and Sadie say about her. We don't get to know Maddie at all or get attached to her, therefore we have no drive for Sadie to exact revenge. Yes, it's extremely sad that Maddie was murdered, but we don't know her as a character. I'm not attached. Maybe that's the point, but I can't find myself getting invested in Sadie's story if I'm not attached to the characters and what happens to them.
The only reason this story probably did so well is because it's half first person and half podcast- the podcast half is a man looking into the disappearance of Sadie. The audiobook version has a full cast and sound effects, the podcast, the whole 9. Unfortunately, as trendy and hip as that is now, it will date this book as time goes on. This made it slightly more interesting to listen to, but not by a lot.
Also, the novel ends on a cliffhanger and we have zero idea what happened to Sadie. We can certainly guess, but there is no indication of exactly what transpired. This type of storytelling device leaves me livid. It's YOUR story, YOU tell me how it ends. If I wanted to come up with my own story, I would write my own. Know going into this that you won't get closure.
I'm sad I didn't enjoy this like most people did, but I think this type of novel just isn't my thing. Back to fantasy I go. I'm leaving this one in the dust.

KateHillier Nov 19, 2018

A must if you like true crime podcasts and mysteries. Sadie's 13 year old sister is killed and Sadie vanishes to take revenge. Sadie's journey is alternated with that of radio host West McCray as he tries to investigate Sadie's disappearance. He's always slightly behind and what is uncovered about the sisters and their relationship and their family life will rattle you.

The book really feels like listening to a true crime podcast while at the same time you follow Sadie and her quest to do one last thing for her sister. Sadie feels very real as a girl who has really only one purpose and that was well before this tragedy. A character puts it best when he describes her as a supporting character in her own life.

This book does deal with some potentially upsetting content so take care of yourself while reading, folks.

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