One of my most anticipated books of the year was Sadie by Courtney Summers. I rarely pre-order books, mainly because I forget about them and this was the case with this little beauty too. When a parcel arrived in the mail, I was overjoyed when I tore it open and saw this book inside. The US always have earlier release dates to us on novels so for me, being on bookstagram and seeing the hype around this without being able to purchase, was cruel. But, it was well worth the wait.
Let me just kick off with the most exciting feature of this book – the podcast. The book is told from two points of view. One being Sadie’s and the other, West McCray, a radio host and his section is written in podcast/interview style. Not only does that different writing style end there, if you search for The Girls in your podcast app, there is also a fictional podcast to accompany it. Amazing right? It is so unique which is why I was drawn to the book in the first place.
Plot time. Sadie has had a tough life. With a drug addict mother and virtually nonexistent father, she has raised her little sister Mattie as best she can. She goes to lengths when they were young to stop Mattie from knowing the real reason for their mother’s absence and is extremely protective of her. When Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s world falls apart. With the police slightly botching the investigation, Sadie feels the only way to get answers is by seeking justice herself. West McCray, our radio/podcast host, overhears Sadie’s story in a petrol station and is instantly intrigued by the story. He decides to create the podcast ‘The Girls’ and explores Sadie, her life and what happened to Mattie. It features interviews from those who know both girls.
I’m not going to lie; it took me a good 100 pages to get into the format and then BOOM. I was hooked. I wanted to know the outcome so much that thanks to my good old insomnia, I was able to devour the rest in the early hours of the morning where I had peace to give it my full attention. The book has received glowing recommendations and rightly so. The individual style of writing from Summers is well executed. The book is dark and gritty – almost to the point where I wouldn’t class it as your typical YA book, but it is in one word, phenomenal. It will give you all the feels from hope, anger to afraid.
For me, to have a writer have the skill to encompass so many different emotions in their book is a sign that they are a master of their craft and Summers proved that with this book. The hype is real people. There is a reason why everyone is raving about this, and I’d encourage you to pick it up if you like crime, dark reads, different formats and of course, podcasts. I’ve only listened to two episodes of The Girls, but I love it. What a great addition to an already superb book.
In case you didn’t catch it from the praise above, would I recommend this book? 100% YES. I’d go as far as saying you need it in your life. It is by far, the best YA book I’ve read all year and in my top 10 books of 2018.
Have you read Sadie? What did you think? Do you enjoy the concept of a book with a podcast on the side? I’d love to hear your thoughts below, or you can find me via my social buttons to chat. Thanks for reading.