2018 came and went in a blur. I spent a little time this morning reflecting over my goals for the year and whether or not I could consider them complete. Happily, I can say my two biggest goals for 2018 were met, and I'm looking forward to conquering my 2019 goals this year.
In other news, I finished Sadie, by Courtney Summers this morning, AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE!
I wanted to read some contemporary young adult fiction and after doing some searches for something that might tickle my fancy, I one-clicked this book, and I am so glad I did. Here's the blurb from the book jacket.
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 dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
This book is insanely good. And the writing is magical. The way the author turns words is poetic and (for me) inspiring. Sadie is a tough character. She's broken and hanging by a thread and I wanted to reach through the pages to hold her. I sympathized with her, I hurt for her, I wanted revenge for her...My heart is still hanging outside of my chest hours after finishing.
This book deals with some heavy content, mainly sexual abuse, but the author does an incredible job of writing this topic with care. NOTHING happens on the page, so don't worry that you'll read something you wish you could unsee.
But underneath the grit of the plot, Sadie is a story about love (familial love--not romantic love), how it changes you, molds and shapes you, and in the end, how it motivates you. I'm so glad I picked this one up. 5 Stars.
If you read Sadie, let me know what you think.
Happy New Year, friends!