Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
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Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Mystery (Social Issues)
Actual Rating: 4 stars
Wow. This book is like a sucker punch. It hits you really hard out of nowhere leaving you dazed. It's also an unconventional book where all the answers you seek through reading it aren't really given to you. It leaves you desperately hanging on the edge of the cliff. But it makes sense for what the story is about especially in terms of it's relevance to issues like this in the real world. I'll admit, when I first finished it I was stunned and shocked because Summers doesn't clean it up nicely in the ending by giving away what really happened (view spoiler) and I was going to bring it down a star. But this book is SO DAMN RELEVANT in this day in age where the questions we seek are never answered that I couldn't drop that final star. There will be many readers who don't like the ending, but I implore you to really think about it before you rate it.
Anyway, this is a mature YA novel that deals with very sensitive issues like rape, drug abuse, murder, pedophiles, and runaways. I don't recommend it to those who fall on the younger side of the spectrum but I highly recommend it to those who are mature enough to handle these sensitive topics and even their parents. It's an eye opening experience to say the lease and the way the author weaves this truly horrific story is original (it's told by alternating the character Sadie's POV and a podcast).
Sadie's sister is violently murdered at the age of 11. Sadie, being the one who essentially raised her, feels so much guilt and shame from her sisters passing that she intends to find the person who did it even if it costs her her life. What becomes of Sadie in her journey to find her baby sisters killer? I can't tell you that- even if I wanted to. But it's an interesting journey to say the least.
So where does the podcast come in? Well, in order to bring the story to life and not let these characters become just another statistic, one man follows clues to find Sadie. He uses the help of her grandmother, witnesses who have seen her, and her own mother, to track Sadie down. Only what he discovers is far worse then he thought when he first started...
As I stated, this book deals with very heavy subjects and it's quite frankly, not the easiest of reads especially when you get to think about it. However, it is a read that remains relevant. It's one that opens your eyes to the ugliness of the world and one that makes you want to squeeze your own children tighter. I recommend it to the right kind of reader- one that can keep an open mind!
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