Plano Reads: Sadie

Discuss our latest book for the Young@Heart Book Club on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Harrington Library.

Sadie by Courtney Summers is our March book choice for the Young@Heart Book Club. Young@Heart is our newest book club, and is geared for adults who enjoy reading about the lives and emotional experiences of young characters. We will explore adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction for readers who feel “young at heart.” See our 2020 Young@Heart book list here to prepare for future meetings.

Place a hold for Sadie through the library catalog: Print | Playaway Audiobook | eBook | eAudiobook

Sadie’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated Colorado town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. When Mattie is found dead, and the police investigation is botched, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice. She hits the road following a few meager clues. When West McCray, a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America, hears Sadie’s story, 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. — adapted from book jacket

Podcast enthusiasts hold on to your hats! This is the first title I have come across that has taken the idea of an actual podcast and integrated it into the story line of a novel. You may be thinking, “Oh that will be too hard to read through, too choppy, too many people to keep up with,” but honestly, it is really no different than reading a script or regular conversation in any other book. Plus, the author breaks it up by switching each chapter between the podcaster – West McCray in his search for Sadie; and Sadie herself, in her travels and search for her sister’s murderer.

Yes, I said murderer. This is definitely not a book for the faint of heart. It covers some tough topics and at times Sadie’s story becomes quite heartbreaking. But, for those of you who enjoy true crime, the mystery and lengths that Sadie will go to find out anything she can about her sister and the person who took her life, is unsettling yet captivating all at the same time.

There are instances when you think both timelines might finally meet up with each other, but they never quite get there. Summers does a great job of keeping up the suspense and mystery. Be ready for an ending that will have you reeling up until the last few lines! Pro tip: there is also an audio version of this title available from the library. – PPL staffer Heather

Curious about the author? Check out this interview with Courtney Summers from Goodreads and this Q&A about Sadie with Courtney Summers from Publishers Weekly.

Below are some questions sourced from Macmillan Publishers:

  1. In what ways does the dual narrative structure of Sadie add to the reading experience?
  2. In the first episode of The Girls, how does the way West describes the town of Cold Creek set up the tone for the rest of the story?
  3. How does the podcast element add to the overall story of Sadie?
  4. Out of all the people who Sadie comes across in her journey, which person (or people) do you think has the most effect on her? And who do you think Sadie affected the most; why?

If you’ve read Sadie, or just want to be part of our club, join us on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Harrington Library for our Young@Heart Book Club.

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