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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  20,882 ratings  ·  6,166 reviews
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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Audible Audio, 8 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by MacMillan Audio
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Kaitlyn Ehlers The podcast is actually part of the book, with the transcript of the podcast episodes interspersed as chapters. So you don't need to listen to it…moreThe podcast is actually part of the book, with the transcript of the podcast episodes interspersed as chapters. So you don't need to listen to it first. Hope that helps! :)(less)
Tricia I mean, the author also did a marketing campaign where anyone who wanted a physical ARC got one... so I wouldn't be surprised

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شيماء ✨
I have read some really great books, but sometimes—when I’m lucky—I stumble upon a book that makes me wish to heap violence on my vocabulary, to wrench away words like “good” and “amazing” and reach into the low-lit corners of my mind in order to exhume something more genuine, more raw, more appropriate to my experience of reading it.

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
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Emily May
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 inside
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Zoë
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?????
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
Melanie


“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 even thou
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Emma Giordano
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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 killer wome
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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 from
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Courtney
Feb 08, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Today (12/29) only . . .



The Sadie e-book is $2.99 on all e-tailers! Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Google, iTunes, wherever e-books are sold! A deal in just enough time to make Sadie your last read of 2018--or one of your first of the new year.

(If you know someone who'd be interested, please let them know!)

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karen
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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(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
"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 horrifi
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Deanna
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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.
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, goin
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Warda
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Kai
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 for and so much forking more.
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 expect
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kat
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
h o l y s h i t
Lola
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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Debra
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Maggie
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 into this
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jessica
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
An abandoned, one room schoolhouse sits three miles outside of Cold Creek, taken by fire. The roof is caved in and what's left of the walls are charred. It sits next to an Apple orchard. The body of Maddie Southern was discovered between the burning schoolhouse and the Apple orchard just out of sight. She's been missing for three days earlier and she was found there dead. She was only thirteen years old. Mattie left behind a nineteen year old sister, Sadie, a surrogate grandmother, May Beth, and ...more
Nick
Oct 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to avoid depressing/sad books, but this sounds so interesting.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
An easy 5 stars to Sadie. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Don’t miss her story.

I’m sure you’ve seen this book around the blogosphere or Goodreads, and more than likely you’ve noticed the praise showered upon it. All absolutely, positively well-deserved. Please read on and let me introduce you to Sadie, an unforgettable, tenderly drawn character.

Sadie’s dad has never been around, and her mom walked out and left her as a teen to raise her younger sister, Mattie. They live in a deserted town in a trailer park where an
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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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Norma * Traveling Sister
Powerful, compelling, & heartbreaking!

I have enjoyed YA stories in the past but in my opinion I think this book is geared to a much wider audience than just teens.

SADIE by COURTNEY SUMMERS is a memorable, important, and a fantastic YA mystery novel that immediately grabbed my attention and had me glued to those pages right to the very end.

Sadie's story was not an easy read as it delves deep into Sadie's pain and some tough subject matter. But, I thought that the author handled it with such
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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 ...more
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