Sadie was the first Courtney Summers book I’d had the pleasure of reading. It grabbed my eye as the winner of an 2019 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Young Adults, and has since gone on to win multiple awards and become a bestseller.
From the publisher:
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.
Sadie uses a very unique construct, weaving podcast scripts and an adult POV, with Sadie’s POV on a different timeline, into a YA thriller. In fact, there’s an actual podcast, The Girls, which is meant to accompany the book, bringing a heightened sense of realism to the story.
Sadie’s sleuthing gets her into hot water along the way, but at each stop in her search for her sister, she picks up additional information… and some injuries.
I’ve come to learn that Courtney Summers is known for her controversial endings, and Sadie is no exception. This book, and Summers, are well-deserving of their accolades.