What You Need to Know About Sadie by Courtney Summers



Thanks to Wednesday Books/Macmillan for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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.


Child sex abuse/rape
Substance abuse
Death of a loved one/grief
Ableism (challenged in text)

I finished Sadie the other day and I’m glad to say that I gave it 5 stars!! There’s so much about this book that I think makes it one of the most memorable reads I’ve read this year and I’m here to tell you some things you should about Sadie and why you should read it!

1. Sadie is about a missing girl (Sadie) on the hunt for her sister’s killer

2. It has a unique format told from both Sadie’s POV in the past and in the present time, in the form of a true crime podcast named The Girls! The way its used to push the narrative is amazing.

3. The complex and nuanced relationships between the two sisters is so well done

4. A realistic depiction of small-town life and how a community can be shaken after a traumatic event

5. Sadie herself has a stutter and also has the best does-not-give-a-fuck attitude.

6. Sadie is pansexual!!! Also the host of the podcast West McCray is also confirmed as gay!

7. Talks about poverty and those who are affected by it

8. Deals with heavy and traumatic topics in a nuanced way

9. A gripping and tragic tale of girls and the people who use, take advantage, and overlook them in world and how the media sensationalizes missing girls

10. This a very dark story with several twists that will keep you at night like I did hoping that Sadie will avenge her sister and find what she is looking for before it’s too late

11. You can listen to the actual podcast, The Girls, right here!  The Girls Podcast

12.  It’s a New York Times bestseller!!!

13. If you are a fan of true crime podcasts like Serial and a fan of books like The Female of the Species and other Courtney Summer’s books that tackle the patriarchy, you’ll enjoy Sadie!

14. It’s OUT NOW!!!


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