Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Welcome to my stop on the Sadie blog tour with Raincoast Books! I’m so excited to talk about Courtney Summers’ newest release, especially on the day of its release!
Before my review, I quickly wanted to talk about The Girls podcast! This podcast is an original (fake) true crime podcast based on the novel, Sadie. I’ve been following along with this podcast every week and it was fantastic. In honour of the book’s release, the final episode is now available. I highly recommend checking it out!
AUTHOR: Courtney Summers
PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult
GENRE(S): 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.
Sadie is the story of nineteen-year old Sadie Hunter, who leaves behind everything she knows in her hometown of Cold Creek to hunt down the person she suspects killed her thirteen-year old sister, Mattie.
Through a series of gripping moments and edge of your seat twists, Courtney Summers newest release is a game changer for the young adult thriller genre.
The story of Sadie is told through two perspectives. Through West McCray, the host of The Girls podcast as well as through Sadie herself. Throughout the length of the novel, the reader is seemingly one step ahead of the podcast.
That said, Summers is exceptional at allowing certain revelations and discoveries to happen alongside those ‘listening’ to the podcast. I was constantly in awe at the fact that there were still things to discover, especially after reading Sadie’s chapters. Turning the page consistently results in new information, which always had me at the edge of my seat.
I absolutely loved the podcast chapters. This is a new and refreshing way to tell a story, at least for me, and I am glad Summers chose to tell the story through this dual perspective. As West McCray discovers new clues and people, he plays a critical role in the narrative. This in itself, plays an important role in Sadie’s story. To have it told in a genuine and realistic way, as if the reader is truly listening to a podcast, adds to the story.
West McCray demonstrates what I can only expect those investigating crimes may go through. This being a constant and overwhelming desire to help and discover, for the greater good. But also, an inner conflict at the relationship it may have within their personal life. The similarities or connections that bring the story closer to their life than they had ever imagined. It is an interesting juxtaposition that Summers creates and it is wonderfully executed.
One of the most interesting aspects of this novel is Summers ability to explore intense and gripping subject matter. This includes abuse and its many different forms, addiction and violence. Including this subject matter within the story highlights its presence and opens it up for discussion. With the social climate we are experiencing these days, it is eye-opening and will certainly toy with emotions. It is important to have these discussions, and Summers conducted this in a graceful and poetic way.
I highly recommend picking up this new release. It instantly had me hooked and if not for real-life needs and necessities, I would have read this entire book in one sitting. It was gripping, emotional and inspiring all while deep down, rooted in love.
Q & A
Victoria: Your books deal with heavy topics. Do you draw on real life events, such as ones reported on the news, or are these situations inspired by your imagination?
Courtney: My books, so far, are not inspired by specific, real world events but they are definitely informed by the world in which we live. For example, I’ve consistently explored violence against women and girls in my work, which is an issue that is very present in real life.
Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for hosting this blog tour and for providing me with the opportunity to read Sadie as well as interview Courtney Summers!
With the book’s release today, I highly recommend you all check it out! It will not disappoint you, especially if you love thrillers and mysteries. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour (linked below) for more reviews, interviews and special content!
About the Author:
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 e-novella, Please Remain Calm which is a sequel to This is Not a Test. Her new novel, Sadie, hits bookstores September 4th, 2018 and is available for preorder now. In 2016, Courtney was named one of Flare Magazine’s 60 under 30.
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