I recieved an Advanced Copy of the Book Sadie by Courtney Summers from the publisher. In fact, they sent me 3 copies and 2 fliers about this book so they are expecting big things from this YA thriller. Does it live up to the hype?
In short, yes for the most part. This book has an intriguing story as well as some interesting and diverse settings. However, it relies heavily on a gimmick.
Every chapter focusses on one girl, Sadie of course, but it is told through two perspectives. The first perspective is Sadie herself as she is looking for her “Father” who she knows killed her sister. She disappears from her life and is hunting him down. The second perspective is through a transcript of a podcast (think Serial) where they are trying to find Sadie the missing girl. This concept is wildly appealing to me and has future potential for Adult Fiction as well as True Crime.
As much as I could not stop reading this book at times I felt the execution of the dual narrator was flawed. Some chapters felt out of order. The idea of reading a podcast as they are piecing it together (sometimes wrongly) and then reading what actually happened is fantastic when it works. However, sometimes we read what actually happened from Sadie’s perspective and then read a podcaster try to piece it together. This falls flat when we already know the truth. The thing that makes this book also has a way of killing it at times.
I really liked some of the characters that appear throughout this book. Sadie is not one of them. She is a fierce, bad-ass who will stop at nothing to kill her “father”. She is a fantastic main character but not very likeable.
In short, this book packs a huge punch that will hurt sometimes and will also leave you breathless. It has its flaws but they are easily looked over for what this book achieves in plot.