Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers


Title – Sadie

Author – Courtney Summers

Publication – September 4th, 2018.

Publisher – Wednesday Books

Genres – Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery & Thriller.

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.

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Book Review


ANNOUNCER: Book Review is brought to you by Lara Kareem, sponsored by Netgalley & Wednesday Books, a Macmillian Publishers Imprint.

LARA KAREEM: And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl. Such a gripping line don’t you agree, right off the bats after I read those words, I immediately became intrigued and anticipated what was to come.

REVIEW TEMPLATE: Lara what are you doing? Why are you writing in dialogue? Why do I have a voice?

LARA: Because this is one of the many beauties of this tale I embarked on, and I find it fitting to write my review in this format, stop interrupting me!


LARA KAREEM: Sadie. Sadie ran away and now she is out for blood. Armed only with a switchblade, she is determined to avenge the murder of her little sister Mattie. Sadie is the main character, (like the title didn’t give that away) in this story, and she doesn’t disappoint as she leads me along on her very dark and dangerous journey to her justice.


LARA KAREEM: That’s right, this story is one that tackles a very hard subject one that is so disgusting yet rampant all over the world and it’s so terrible to begin to talk about. The people considered “The Girls” in this story are victims of abuse, and this story is also fighting for all “The Girls” both in reality and in the fictional world who have ever been victims and have been quiet because they fear speaking up and being dismissed. Sadie is fighting for you.

REVIEW TEMPLATE: You’re really going to insinuate and not tell us exactly what it is?

LARA KAREEM: That’s right, no spoilers. You’ve got to read the book yourself to find out. Sadie is a very clever girl, who never had the chance to be a kid, who felt unwanted and the only love she felt was real for & from her sister, and with her sister brutally taken from her, she didn’t have a life anymore, she felt purposeless. That’s why she had to track down her sister’s killer. Call it sister intuition or mother’s because Sadie was a mother to Mattie, but she knew whodunnit.

ANNOUNCER: Book Review will return shortly.


LARA KAREEM: Welcome back to Book Review, with your host Lara Kareem, sponsored by Netgalley & Wednesday Books, a Macmillian Publishers Imprint. On today’s episode, we are Discussing “Sadie by Courtney Summers”. Sadie is on a journey to find her sister’s killer and West McCray a Podcast host now turned Investigative Journalist, is now on a race against time to track down Sadie, to find her and bring her back home safe.

REVIEW TEMPLATE: I’m also here, you didn’t mention me.

LARA KAREEM: Review Template has a voice everyone. I loved the message, the meaning and the importance of Sadie’s story, it was and is a story that needs to be told because it brought a little bit of justice. She got justice for her sister Mattie and many other Girls. But I found myself getting bored and kept wondering what direction the story was going because we, Sadie and I went to so many places in this story, which all had a purpose, but it picked up and when it did, I couldn’t drop the book until I was well and truly done

REVIEW TEMPLATE: So did you like it or not?

LARA KAREEM: I did a lot, but the end is quite unsettling, it made my True Crime heart sad because you know reality and I just feel sad, like a loss. I wish the story did not end where it did, but that’s how it is for many missing person cases.

REVIEW TEMPLATE: We can’t always get what we want, like how you changed me the Review Template to something utterly new, like giving me a voice and changing my whole format without warning me. You’ll be fine.

LARA KAREEM: So ungrateful. On that note, we have come to the end of this Review. Please give Sadie a chance when it’s out on the 4th of September. I shall end by saying this is my honest opinion and I’m grateful to Wednesday Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book and of course Netgalley. I rate this book:


Lara Kareem


8 thoughts on “Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

  1. This made me smile Lara. It reminded me of my radio presentation days in 2013. This post has been on my TBR Posts list since I saw your IG Story notification. Just been busy wrapping up school. I enjoyed the review almost making my crime novel loving side have a say in including it in my next book haul.


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