Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers


Date Started: 9/3/18

Date Finished: 9/8/18

Publication Date: 9/4/18

Genre: YA Mystery-Thriller

Rating: 5/5



Sadie by Courtney Summers intrigued me from the very start. I’m an avid fan of podcasting, so when I heard that this book was told partially in the form of a podcast, I scrambled to get an ARC of it. I’m so glad that I did, because even if the story isn’t pretty, it’s worth being heard.

The narrative revolves around Sadie, a girl with a stutter. Right from the start, I appreciated the inclusion of this speech impediment. I’ve rarely seen stutters portrayed in books, and none so well as here. Sadie’s quest throughout this novel is pretty straightforward; She wants to avenge her sister’s death, so she has to find the man that killed her. Most of the plot involves her going from location to location, finding clues that will aid her on her search.

The way that Sadie’s narration and the podcast work together is beautiful. Sometimes things that were skipped over in Sadie’s chapters are explained in the podcast, and vice versa. They compliment each other well, and we get a feeling for a lot of characters who would otherwise be flat side characters if left alone in Sadie’s narrative.

As for the characters, they all felt so real, even the smaller ones. The dual narration styles help with that, but everyone felt like they had their own story and life behind them. From typical spoiled teenagers to stressed single mothers, there’s a wide cast of characters in Sadie.

This novel isn’t as gritty and dark as I thought it would be, but at the same time, it’s just as gritty and dark as I thought it would be. That probably doesn’t make sense, but bear with me. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil anything, but while there’s nothing explicitly bad on the pages, there’s plenty left up to the imagination.

I’d say that the novel started out a little slow, but that’s not a bad thing. It just took me a bit to get into the podcast sections, but once I was into the novel, it flew by in a flash! I think I read 75% of the novel in one sitting. It really picks up after a while, and you won’t be able to put it down.

Now, once again I won’t spoil anything, but the ending made me feel something. I’m torn on if I liked it or not. Mostly, it just confused me, but I think in the back of my head I’ve formed an explanation for it. If you ever want to chat about it, send me a message.

I think that the story itself, and the characters in it, are so important. It’s not a lighthearted summer read. This story is gritty and rough and makes you feel uncomfortable things. It’s not for the faint of heart at all, and this isn’t a book you’ll love or like. It’s a book you’ll feel, and you’ll probably feel it deeply. I laid on my bed for a while after I finished it, just thinking.

In the end, I really appreciated Sadie. If you enjoyed The Lovely Bones you might like this novel. I’ll end this review with a fun fact that I just learned about this book: there’s actually a real podcast based on the novel! It’s the same text as the novel. I haven’t checked it out fully yet, but I’m sure it’ll add to the experience.

*I recieved an e-arc of this book via Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts are my own.*

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5 Bookish Shops You’ll Want to Buy From

Bookish items are some of my favorite things in the world! From bookmarks to shirts to tapestries, I simply can’t have enough! If you ever find yourself scrolling through Bookstagram and wonder where everyone gets their beautiful bookish items, wonder no longer! Here are just 5 sites where you can find wonderful bookish items!

Stella Bookish Art

Happiness can be found Wall TapestryBetween the pages - black Poster

If you’re ever looking for some popular YA fandom inspired items, you should check out Stella Bookish Art. I first discovered her on Instagram, where she posts many of her gorgeous designs!

She’s actually the artist who designed the tin inspired by The Cruel Prince from the August Owlcrate, which was probably my favorite item from the box! She sells her items on a few different platforms, which can be found on the link I provided. There are a lot of different options, from bookmarks to gorgeous tapestries!

A Court of Candles


A Court of Candles is a candle shop that covers a lot of fandoms, from popular YA series like Throne of Glass to animes like Naruto and Sailor Moon. They all have gorgeous labels, and the scent descriptions sound pretty amazing. You can even create your own candle!

While they obviously specialize in candles, you can also pick up bath bombs and other body items, and loose leaf teas. They occasionally have limited edition boxes, so look out for those!

Literary Book Gifts

J. M. Barrie Peter Pan T-Shirt (Women's)The Iliad Homer Tote Bag

Literary Book Gifts is a site that features shirts and tote bags with classic book designs. You’ll find shirts for everything from Plato’s The Republic to Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  The designs are simplistic and elegant, and would be perfect for a college student studying English (like me!) The colors are nicely faded to look like they’ve been aged, but they’re brand new and super comfy!

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Literary Lifestyle Co.


Literary Lifestyle Co. Is another company with gorgeous designs! There are mini book necklaces that actually open to become a locket, pillowcases, and so much more. Their designs look so amazing, and I’d love to have a lot of their items, especially that pillowcase!


Dreamyandco makes magnetic bookmarks, which is one of my favorite types of bookmark! They also make booksleeves, normal bookmarks, and enamel pins. All of the designs are adorable and quite practical for your reading habits.  I personally love the booksleeves, since they seem like a great way to not damage your books when you’re on the go. I’ve definitely dented and creased a few of my books in the past!

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out these great shops and support the wonderful people behind them!

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