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Sadie by Courtney Summers

March 18, 2020
Sadie by Courtney Summers

What a phenomenal book.

I'm half tempted to leave my review at that, but I'll give you a little more.

Sadie is told over two timelines and in two formats. One is a podcast in the present and the other is the POV of Sadie from the past. Her little sister was found murdered and Sadie knows who did it, she's off on a mission to find the guy and made him pay. However, the rest of the characters don't know this. They think she's disappeared too and the story has been picked up by a podcast who are investigating the case.

I adored this book. It's such a unique form of storytelling and one that bridges the narratives so well. I thought I was going to struggle with the interview style of the podcast but I really enjoyed it and you still got a really good sense of the characters.

Then Sadie, what a joyous character. She's had an awful time of it but made the best of what she had with her younger sister whom she doted on. Their relationship was magical and shown through flashbacks and stories from others. I also really enjoyed reading from the perspective of a character with a stutter, it's something I've never seen before but made Sadie, both the book and the character all the more compelling. She received all sorts of reactions to her stutter from unfazed to ridicule. The book made sure to comment upon how then this made Sadie feel and to enforce which are the correct behaviours to exhibit.

I'm surprised by how much I grew to like West McCray the interviewer. You really saw his compassion and desire to find Sadie all throughout the book. The way his character was fleshed out as the story went on was really impressive, it was so organic.

A captivating and heartbreaking novel.



Name: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 308

ISBN: 978-1-250-10571-4

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Sadie?

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Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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