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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 dea
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 308 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books
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chai ♡
Sadie splintered in my heart, and I’m sure the author meant it to. I finished it, shivering with a chill inside me that nothing could possibly drive away. It’s been days and I still can’t swallow past the unaccountable lump in my throat. But I guess that’s just it—all that is harder to read, proves much slower to heal.

So, what's this book about?

Nineteen-years-old Sadie has raised her little sister, thirteen-years-old Mattie, since she was born to Claire, their drug-addicted absent mo
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Emily May
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.

Holy hell, this book hit me hard.

I've been reading Summers' books for seven years now and she is both consistently good and continually getting better. I remember thinking that Some Girls Are was one of the most powerful and vicious books I'd ever read back in 2011. Then All the Rage came along and destroyed me some more.

Whether Summers is writing a contemporary high school novel, a mystery, or a zombie apocalypse, she crawls right insid
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Zoë
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
CW: Pedophilia, sexual abuse, drug abuse, murder

This was a raw, emotional, and incredibly dark book. There are zero moments of levity and as someone who reads a lot of contemporary romances, it took a lot out of me to get through it. I am grateful that Courtney Summers did not sensationalize any of the abuse that went on before and during the events of this book. Though it's definitely present, it happens off of the page. She focuses on the toll it took on the victims rather than the acts themse
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
but what happpppppppened?????
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I didn't know what to tell her. That I tried not to think about that kind of stuff, because it was painful, because I thought I could ever have it, but when I did end up liking someone, it always made me ache right down to my core. I realized pretty early on that the who didn't really matter so much. That anybody who listens to me, I end up loving them just a little.

Heartbreaking, hopeful, and impossible to look away from.

I am really loving this recent trend in YA thrillers of k
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Melissa
To say I’m not much of a YA reader is underplaying reality a bit. To say that I’m extremely choosy, ready to renege at the first sign of any juvenile antics and pretty much dragging my feet through the first few chapters, when I do finally cave, is all too accurate. My point being, if you’ve hesitated to pick up Sadie because you don’t frequent YA reads, let those preconceived notions go and take a chance. Live life through Sadie’s eyes—I'm betting you won’t regret it. Hers is a bleak and tormen ...more
Nick
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sadie, wherever you are, I hope you found peace.
Melanie
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: Aleksandra


“I don’t know why this is the thing I choose to say out loud because it hurts to say it, to feel the truth of those words pass my lips, to have them be real in this world. But she’s dead is the reason I’m still alive. She’s dead is the reason I’m going to kill a man.”

Sadie is worth all the praise and hype you’ve heard about it. I had a feeling I was going to love this book, but I didn’t know that I would give it a piece of my heart. This is such a bright light in 2018 releases, and e
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Emma Giordano
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5 stars! I picked this book up on a whim and I GREATLY enjoyed it. This is a must-read for my fans of crime fiction.

CW: sexual abuse, pedophilia, violence, drug abuse, death/murder

I really did not know what to expect from this novel going in. All I knew was that it was half-podcast, half-novel which tells the story of a girl searching for her sister’s killer. I was totally unprepared for the true darkness of this book, which was a (weirdly) wonderful surprise. This is my first read from Courtn
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*5 solid stars!*

"I’m dangerous. You shouldn't underestimate people, I want to call out. I have a knife."


SADIE has lost herself and she doesn't want to be found. Not by the few remaining people in her life, not even by life itself. She lets the reader know right away that she is being fueled only by revenge, and there is no question that Sadie is surviving for the sole purpose of killing the man she believes murdered her little sister.

"I’m going to kill a man. I’m going to steal the light fro
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Kai
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Imagine having to live every day knowing the person who killed your sister is breathing the air she can't, filling his lungs with it, tasting its sweetness. Imagine him knowing the steady weight of the earth under his feet while her body is buried six feet below it."

Sadie was everything I wished and more than I could have fathomed.
I always try to keep my expectations low, especially if it’s a debut author, an overhyped book or a book by an author that I’ve never read before. If I do not keep my
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karen
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best YA 2018! what will happen?

In our last episode, I introduced you to the two girls at the center of this podcast, Mattie Southern and Sadie Hunter. Mattie was murdered, her body left just outside her hometown of Cold Creek, Colorado. Sadie is missing, her car found, abandoned, thousands of miles away, with all her personal belongings still inside it. The girls’ surrogate grandmother, May Beth Foster, has enlisted my help in finding Sadie and brin
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megs_bookrack
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it


Alternating between a Serial-type podcast, researched and narrated by a man named West McCray, and a teen girl's perspective, Sadie is a gut-punching tour de force of modern-American noir.



By the time she has reached her mid-teens, Sadie has accepted the fact that she is the sole person responsible for the care of her little sister, Mattie.



Although dealing with Mattie can be infuriating at times, she loves her with her whole heart and has done her best to provide a safe environment for them bot
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BernLuvsBooks
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books, fave-reads, 2018
"When Sadie lost Mattie, it drove her to leave her home in Cold Creek, to take on the loneliness and pain of all those miles, just to find her little sister's murderer and make the world right again, even, possibly, at the expense of herself."

Sadie was everything I hoped she would be and more! She is the kind of character that tays with you long after you have finished reading the book.

Sadie has had a hard life but nothing affects her more deeply than the murder of her sister. It was a horri
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
At the time I’m writing this review, it’s been a couple of days since I finished Sadie, and I still haven’t fully processed it. This is one of those stories that seeps into your bones somewhere along the way, and it changes the way you look at the world a little. It is the best mystery—and one of the best books, period—that I have ever read, and it is also one of the bleakest, most devastating reading experiences of my life.

And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.

You know, go
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Not fully sure how I'll rate this yet but..

I appreciated the representation. I don't think I've ever read a book with a main character with a stutter. Actually I know I haven't. The podcast concept was original. The story was heartbreaking and I really appreciated how for once the main character while poor doesn't ends up going on an adventure where money magically isn't necessary.

I usually rate books based on my enjoyment. Can't say this is a book I enjoyed but I'm not certain it would be possi
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Deanna
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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19 year old, Sadie and her younger sister, Mattie struggled to get by. Cold Creek is a small town with very few opportunities for employment. Many have to go to a neighboring town for work and school.

Mary Beth Foster was Mattie and Sadie's neighbor and the manager of the trailer park where they lived. Mary Beth tried to look out for the sisters but basically, it was just the two of them. Their mother, Claire had been out of
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: St. Martin's Press
Shelves: giveaways
Happy Pub Day!!!

"I'm going to kill a man. I'm going to steal the light from his eyes. I want to watch it go out. You aren't supposed to answer violence with more violence but sometimes I think violence is the only answer."

Reading Sadie was the perfect example of why sometimes, the timing of picking up a book can make or break your experience. I tried to pick this one up months ago when I first received it and only made it about 25 pages before I had to place it to the side. I had some heavy stuf
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Meredith
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
“I’m going to kill the man who killed my sister.”

Sadie is a stunning, heartbreaking read about a girl dead set on murdering the man who killed her little sister.


19-year-old Sadie only had one thing her life to love, which was her 13-year-old little sister, Mattie. Growing up in a trailer park in Colorado, she had to endure her mother’s drug abuse, neglect, and many boyfriends; some of whom were verbally, physically, and sexually abusive. But Sadie survived in order to protect Mattie. Sadly wh
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardback, own
UPDATE: $2.99 on Kindle US today 12/29/18

That bastard!!!!



Sadie.....

I'm not writing a proper review.

1. I don't want to
2. There are 5o million reviews on this book & some don't matter in this GR world
3. Maybe I will come back and link some smaller awesome reviews.

Pay it forward!

Happy Reading! Put on your big girl panties, bring tissues & lots of anger ....

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

To all the girls... you read it... you will know.
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, owned
Did this live up to the hype?

YES. It really did - what an intense ride.
Ariel
Dec 18, 2019 added it
The best audiobook I've ever listened to.. it has genuinely raised the bar for audiobooks for me that other audiobooks are never going to compare. If you work in publishing, please make all audiobooks like this, it was SO GOOD. The story and characters didn't hit me hard, I didn't connect with anyone, but I had a great time listening to the audiobook.
emma
I read this book in the least cool way to read it, and it was still unbelievably cool. I did not deserve coolness, and yet I received it.

To anyone who lives under a rock that is impenetrable to news of Cool Things: First, may I suggest you move? Sounds like a terrible place to live. Under a rock that is specifically uncool. Anyway, due to the direness of your living situation, you would not have heard of this book, and so it is my solemn duty to tell you that this book is half podcast. The chap
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Warda
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edit: Had to change my rating to 5 stars. This book has lingered for a while and each time it popped into my head, I think about how impactful it was to read a story like this.

Well, I wasn’t expecting for this story to creep up on me the way it did.

I think it’s best to go on not knowing what the plot of the story is about, but I will try and articulate what it encompassed and how it made me feel.

More than anything I feel like this is a love story. A love story gone wrong. It’s a heartbreaking
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Hannah Greendale
The word riveting doesn't even begin to describe this masterwork by Courtney Summers. The opening pages are unassuming, but Summers soon hooks her audience with a death grip and doesn't let go.

The magnetism of Sadie is not limited to the depth and despair of its subject matter (which will remain unnamed so that new readers can pick up this book, as I did, knowing little about it and therefore be swept away fully and completely - *see note below for trigger warnings). The topics explored tickle
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Claudia Ramírez
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobooks
This was a 5 star audiobook. I’m not sure if the book as text would’ve had the same impact on me, maybe I’d rate it 4 stars if I’d read it in book form.
Cristina Monica
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sadie’s sister—the light of her life—was taken from her, murdered.

Now, Sadie is out for blood. She’s going to find Mattie’s murderer, whatever the cost. She won’t stop at anything until she holds the heart of the bastard who destroyed Sadie’s reason to live in her hands and plunges a knife right into it.

I loved Sadie.

This may seem like a shocking statement, but Sadie is a good person. She may have dark thoughts and an even darker past, but deep down she is a human being who suffers 24/7. She d
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elena
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
You call it The Girls and you make sure the people who hear it, you make sure they know Sadie loved Mattie with everything she had. You let them know that she loved Mattie so much, that's what she turned her love into. You let them know.


A story about a girl who wants to get revenge for her sister who was found dead at the age of thirteen. Ah, yes. The convincement. The manipulations. The "You know you're gonna buy this. I mean, read the first sentence!" book. Drawn into it, I went in
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Debra
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
"It's sad when people don't realize their worth."

WOW! Reading this book is like being sucker punched by sadness.

Sadie has lived a sad life. She is frequently teased for her stutter. She has no idea who her father is. Her Mother is an addict who had a bevy of boyfriends rotating in and out of their lives. Some of which are happy to ignore Sadie and her younger sister, Mattie. Unfortunately, there was one boyfriend who gave way too much attention. Sadie has basically raised not only herself, but h
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jessica
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is not a lighthearted story. if you are wanting a book that ends with a ‘happy ever after,’ then i suggest you look elsewhere. because you wont find it in these pages, between these words.

what you will find is a story about the lengths a girl will go to protect her sister and the high prices she pays when she cant.

this book is rough, and disturbing, and ultimately numbing. courtney summers has taken the somewhat morbid fascination society has with true crime and created a novel just as gr
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