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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
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books
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Kaitlyn Ehlers The podcast is actually part of the book, with the transcript of the podcast episodes interspersed as chapters. So you don't need to listen to it…moreThe podcast is actually part of the book, with the transcript of the podcast episodes interspersed as chapters. So you don't need to listen to it first. Hope that helps! :)(less)
Tricia I mean, the author also did a marketing campaign where anyone who wanted a physical ARC got one... so I wouldn't be surprised

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Emily May
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.

Holy hell, this book hit me hard.

I've been reading Summers' books for seven years now and she is both consistently good and continually getting better. I remember thinking that Some Girls Are was one of the most powerful and vicious books I'd ever read back in 2011. Then All the Rage came along and destroyed me some more.

Whether Summers is writing a contemporary high school novel, a mystery, or a zombie apocalypse, she crawls right inside
Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
Every now and then, I stumble upon a book that makes me wish to heap violence on my vocabulary, to wrench away words like “good” and “amazing” and excavate something more genuine, more raw, more appropriate to the experience of reading it.

Sadie splintered in my heart, and I’m sure the author meant it to. I finished it, shivering with a chill inside me that nothing could possibly drive away. It’s been days and I still can’t swallow past the unaccountable lump in my throat. But I guess that’s just
To say I’m not much of a YA reader is underplaying reality a bit. To say that I’m extremely choosy, ready to renege at the first sign of any juvenile antics and pretty much dragging my feet through the first few chapters, when I do finally cave, is all too accurate. My point being, if you’ve hesitated to pick up Sadie because you don’t frequent YA reads, let those preconceived notions go and take a chance. Live life through Sadie’s eyes—I'm betting you won’t regret it. Hers is a bleak and tormen ...more
Emma Giordano
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5 stars! I picked this book up on a whim and I GREATLY enjoyed it. This is a must-read for my fans of crime fiction.

CW: sexual abuse, pedophilia, violence, drug abuse, death/murder

I really did not know what to expect from this novel going in. All I knew was that it was half-podcast, half-novel which tells the story of a girl searching for her sister’s killer. I was totally unprepared for the true darkness of this book, which was a (weirdly) wonderful surprise. This is my first read from Courtn
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
but what happpppppppened?????
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*5 solid stars!*

"I’m dangerous. You shouldn't underestimate people, I want to call out. I have a knife."

SADIE has lost herself and she doesn't want to be found. Not by the few remaining people in her life, not even by life itself. She lets the reader know right away that she is being fueled only by revenge, and there is no question that Sadie is surviving for the sole purpose of killing the man she believes murdered her little sister.

"I’m going to kill a man. I’m going to steal the light from
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
CW: Pedophilia, sexual abuse, drug abuse, murder

4.5/5 stars

This was a raw, emotional, and incredibly dark book. There are zero moments of levity and as someone who reads a lot of contemporary romances, it took a lot out of me to get through it. I am grateful that Courtney Summers did not sensationalize any of the abuse that went on before and during the events of this book. Though it's definitely present, it happens off of the page. She focuses on the toll it took on the victims rather than the
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

In our last episode, I introduced you to the two girls at the center of this podcast, Mattie Southern and Sadie Hunter. Mattie was murdered, her body left just outside her hometown of Cold Creek, Colorado. Sadie is missing, her car found, abandoned, thousands of miles away, with all her personal belongings still inside it. The girls’ surrogate grandmother, May Beth Foster, has enlisted my help in finding Sadie and bringing her home.

For those of you just tuning in, this is a seria
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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19 year old, Sadie and her younger sister, Mattie struggled to get by. Cold Creek is a small town with very few opportunities for employment. Many have to go to a neighboring town for work and school.

Mary Beth Foster was Mattie and Sadie's neighbor and the manager of the trailer park where they lived. Mary Beth tried to look out for the sisters but basically, it was just the two of them. Their mother, Claire had been out of
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
“I’m going to kill the man who killed my sister.”

Sadie is a stunning, heartbreaking read about a girl dead set on murdering the man who killed her little sister.

19-year-old Sadie only had one thing her life to love, which was her 13-year-old little sister, Mattie. Growing up in a trailer park in Colorado, she had to endure her mother’s drug abuse, neglect, and many boyfriends; some of whom were verbally, physically, and sexually abusive. But Sadie survived in order to protect Mattie. Sadly wh
Chelsea Humphrey
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: St. Martin's Press
Shelves: giveaways
Happy Pub Day!!!

"I'm going to kill a man. I'm going to steal the light from his eyes. I want to watch it go out. You aren't supposed to answer violence with more violence but sometimes I think violence is the only answer."

Reading Sadie was the perfect example of why sometimes, the timing of picking up a book can make or break your experience. I tried to pick this one up months ago when I first received it and only made it about 25 pages before I had to place it to the side. I had some heavy stuf
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I didn't know what to tell her. That I tried not to think about that kind of stuff, because it was painful, because I thought I could ever have it, but when I did end up liking someone, it always made me ache right down to my core. I realized pretty early on that the who didn't really matter so much. That anybody who listens to me, I end up loving them just a little.

Heartbreaking, hopeful, and impossible to look away from.

I am really loving this recent trend in YA thrillers of killer wome
Feb 08, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Did you hear the first episode of THE GIRLS podcast? It's AMAZING. Catch up before episode 2 drops next Wednesday (8/8). Find it on your favorite podcacst platforms--Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc, hit subscribe and if you like what you heard, rate & review!


Then join in on the discussion post on my Instagram!


I'm so completely thrilled to announce THE GIRLS, an original (fake) true crime
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt, important, 2018, owned
"Imagine having to live every day knowing the person who killed your sister is breathing the air she can't, filling his lungs with it, tasting its sweetness. Imagine him knowing the steady weight of the earth under his feet while her body is buried six feet below it."

Sadie was everything I wished for and so much forking more.
I always try to keep my expectations low, especially if it’s a debut author, an overhyped book or a book by an author that I’ve never read before. If I do not keep my expect
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sadie’s sister—the light of her life—was taken from her, murdered.

Now, Sadie is out for blood. She’s going to find Mattie’s murderer, whatever the cost. She won’t stop at anything until she holds the heart of the bastard who destroyed Sadie’s reason to live in her hands and plunges a knife right into it.

I loved Sadie.

This may seem like a shocking statement, but Sadie is a good person. She may have dark thoughts and an even darker past, but deep down she is a human being who suffers 24/7. She d
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
Sadie was everything I hoped she would be and more!

"When Sadie lost Mattie, it drove her to leave her home in Cold Creek, to take on the loneliness and pain of all those miles, just to find her little sister's murderer and make the world right again, even, possibly, at the expense of herself."

Sadie has had a hard life but nothing affects her more deeply than the murder of her sister. It was a horrific crime and it seems no one will answer for it. Sadie simply cannot accept that. She has nothin
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
At the time I’m writing this review, it’s been a couple of days since I finished Sadie, and I still haven’t fully processed it. This is one of those stories that seeps into your bones somewhere along the way, and it changes the way you look at the world a little. It is the best mystery—and one of the best books, period—that I have ever read, and it is also one of the bleakest, most devastating reading experiences of my life.

And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.

You know, goin
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
h o l y s h i t
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
"It's sad when people don't realize their worth."

WOW! Reading this book is like being sucker punched by sadness.

Sadie has lived a sad life. She is frequently teased for her stutter. She has no idea who her father is. Her Mother is an addict who had a bevy of boyfriends rotating in and out of their lives. Some of which are happy to ignore Sadie and her younger sister, Mattie. Unfortunately, there was one boyfriend who gave way too much attention. Sadie has basically raised not only herself, but h
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
An easy 5 stars to Sadie. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Don’t miss her story.

I’m sure you’ve seen this book around the blogosphere or Goodreads, and more than likely you’ve noticed the praise showered upon it. All absolutely, positively well-deserved. Please read on and let me introduce you to Sadie, an unforgettable, tenderly drawn character.

Sadie’s dad has never been around, and her mom walked out and left her as a teen to raise her younger sister, Mattie. They live in a deserted town in a trailer park where an
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
Stunning! Powerful! Uncomfortable!

WOW! Courtney Summers.... you pulled out my heart, ran it over a few times, and put it back, never to be the same again! This book was so ugly and yet so beautiful... so difficult and yet so easy... so heartbreaking and yet so hopeful... A book that will stay with you long after you finish reading the last page.... sadie is a girl that will not allow you to ever forget her! She is your sister, she is your daughter, she is your best friend, she is you!

Sadie is 19
C.G. Drews
I feel utterly shaken right now. 0_0 This book is intense and really dark and the ending kind of had me like, "mY KINDLE IS BROKEN I NEED ANOTHER CHAPTER." Which I both love and hate. (Curse you, book.) Seriously though, it's the kind of book you end up forgetting how to breathe while you read it and it is so so well written.

It feels weird saying "I enjoyed this!" because it's NOT an enjoyable story. It's raw and emotional and shows such a darkly vicious side of the world. It's addictive becaus
Happy Pub day to this epic piece of literature!!! Go get your hands on it! <3.

Sadie by Courtney Summers is a brilliant YA novel that absolutely stole my heart and is EVERYTHING! Courtney knocked my socks off with this novel and I am so impressed with how touching and beautiful her writing is.

I was left haunted by this novel and will always remember this story... truly inspiring and so so brilliant!

Let's meet Sadie... her little sister Mattie who is Sadie's world has been taken from her in th
chandler ainsley ❁
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, ya-contemporary
top 5 best book I’ve ever read

notice I didn’t say favorite book. it’s hard to call a book a favorite when it’s so gripping but so profoundly disturbing.

I rarely read blurbs for books all the way through and I’m so glad I knew little about this going in. I do think everyone needs to know that pedophilia and sexual assault are present. I’m also not in favor of age based censorship but I do think YA aged readers should be aware that this is not graphic but disturbing.

All of that being said this is
&#x1f98a; Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
And it begins, as so many stories do,
with a dead girl.

Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book will destroy you.
And your soul.
And your heart.

"It's about the lengths we go to protect the ones we love... and the high price we pay when we can't."

Do you have someone you love?
Someone you would do anything for?
A sister, a brother, a lover, a friend?
If this someone would disappear forever would your world come crashing down?
Wouldn’t you want justice? Even if it means you need to do something horrible.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I finished this a few days ago but I’ve been putting off writing this review because I still don’t know how to accurately put my feelings about it into words. This book was hard. So fucking hard to read, but SO DAMN GOOD. If you think you can handle the subject matter I highly recommend.

TW: pedophilia, rape, murder
Kayla Dawn
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
3,75 - not as good as I hoped it would be but it definitely had an impact on me.

First of all, I love the subtle diversity in this. I don't really know how to explain it without sounding weird but it was just nice how casually people of colour and homosexuality/bisexuality were included in this (Don't get me wrong, I love books were these are the main focus but I also think it's important to include them just regularly in other stories since that's how it is/should be in real life. Just normal, y
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One of the things that infuriates me - infuriates me - about violent crimes against women is that each time one of these articles gets out, dudes (yes, yes, #notalldudes) act totally shocked, like this sort of thing has never happened in the history of ever and it's the first time they've ever heard of it. "What do you mean rape?" they squawk, clutching their man-pearls like scandalized aunts. "That's a thing? Who would do that? You're sayi
may ❀
courtney summers really knows how to hit hard. idk if i'll ever get over this book, this was just A LOT and the ending was just so,,,,,,,,😭😭😭😭




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Courtney Summers is a brilliant, wonderful, and horrible writer, who just carved my very heart out of my chest with mere words, and left me feeling numb, and empty, and shaking. And in complete awe and admiration.


Sadie’s official publication date is today, I repeat, SADIE’S OFFICIAL PUBLICATION DATE IS TODAY!! (Click on the picture to hear me gush.)


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Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario, 1986. At age 14, she dropped out of high school. At age 18, she wrote her first novel. Cracked Up to Be was published in 2008, when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published four more critically acclaimed books: Some Girls Are, Fall for Anything, This is Not a Test and All the Rage, as well as an ...more
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