Dear Courtney Summers.
I am not very happy with you. You f’d up my routine. I can’t get The Girls theme song out of my head, I can’t stop thinking about the ending of Sadie, and there’s a two-liter bottle of Diet Coke sitting here on my desk that’ll get me through the morning, but I’ll have to go to the bathroom, a lot.
I don’t know where to start… The character of Sadie, “I’m the result of baby bottles filled with Mountain Dew.” Authentic, raw, brave, and heart-wrenching. Her journey for revenge is heroic and gritty. A fully–developed tortured soul who takes awesome risks for her family and those less-powerful than her.
And while I’m engrossed in Sadie’s narrative… rip it’s gone. But The Girls podcast was just as good a thread. I could distinctly hear West’s voice, the interviews, and the back and forth with the producer. No one ever forgets that NPR sound, which you get perfectly.
Seriously, this book will stay with me for a long time. It was so damn creative and important and addicting.
Thank you for the book, and the reading hangover.
Note: Sadie tells the story of a 19-year-old driven to revenge after the murder of her sister. It is told through the alternating points of view of both Sadie and a Serial-type podcast. The Girls is a podcast based on the book. It’s very good too!
5 out of 5 stars.
Releases September 4th, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books, and Courtney Summers for the advanced copy for review.