(EN) Review: Courtney Summers – Sadie

Posted januari 7, 2019 by Laurie in English, Recensies, Reviews, Young Adult / 1 Comment

A while back, Sadie by Courtney Summers was right there, all over the place. I heard many great things about this book, so I decided to order it right away. Apparently, I finally came around to read it on the final day of 2018. Am I just as hyped about this book as everyone else seems to be?

(EN) Review: Courtney Summers – SadieSadie by Courtney Summers
Pages: 311
Published by Wednesday Books on September 4, 2018
ISBN: 1250105714

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she's left behind. And an ending you won't be able to stop talking about.

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.


As stated before, my expectations for Sadie were high. Everyone was so positive about this book, so it must be good right? I heard even better reviews of the audiobook. Truth be told, they were right. I started out reading Sadie as an ebook, but it turned out not to make much sense and Sadie’s stutter made it very dificult to read. So, switching to the audiobook it was. It is a full cast audiobook which makes sense since it is a podcast. My advice is, whenever you decide to read this book, go for the audiobook immediately.


The story was pretty good. Sadie’s younger sister Mattie has been killed and Sadie hits the road, seeking revenge. She has her suspicions on whoever did this to Mattie and that person needs to get punished for what he did. So, on the road Sadie goes.

Sadie is an insecure kind of person. She tries to hide it, but her stutter makes her feel insecure. This is also the main reason why there is not much dialogue in this book. Therefore, I found it hard to connect with Sadie or any of the characters in this story. However, Sadie knows what she wants and does everything in her power to get what she wants.

The podcast idea is unique and original and adds something to the story. We get deeper into Sadie’s past and find out different things. However, the story felt a little flat to me. Of course the topic isn’t, but I just did not get that 5-star feeling. It was more like a 3.5 star for me, but a rock solid 5 stars for the audiobook performance. Therefore Sadie gets the final rating of 4 stars. I have a feeling what happened to Sadie in the end, but the podcast creator didn’t. A pretty good read, but not one of my favourites.


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