Author: Courtney Summers
Original Publication Date: September 04, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.
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.
MY MINI REVIEW
Wow, I was so impressed with the format and the style of writing in this book. The chapters switching from Sadie’s POV and a podcast show was so millennial central but, man, it was genius! I’ve personally never listened to a podcast before but, I was still able to easily and thoroughly enjoy those parts.
The vibe is completely eerie the whole time and the feeling sticks with you until the very end. I was rapidly flipping through the pages– I couldn’t wait to see what happened next on every single page. I almost didn’t want to know most of the time, though.
I admit, I had a little cry and I don’t doubt that you will, too. Sadie, the book but especially the character, has my heart forever.
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Dates Read: Sept. 19-Sept. 22, 2018
MY FAVORITE QUOTES
“It’s about the lengths we go to protect the ones we love … and the high price we pay when we can’t.”
“It was a terrible thing, sure, but we live in a world that has no shortage of terrible things. You can’t stop for all of them.”
“Or maybe you get so used to the mess of home you convince yourself over time everything’s exactly where it belongs.”
“And it’s not fair but there’s not much in life that is.”
“Every little thing about you can be a weapon, if you’re clever enough.”
“I always forget fear is a conquerable thing but I learn it over and over again and that, I guess, is better than never learning it.”
“Fool’s errand. Noun. I think. Like chasing after nothing, but sometimes nothing is all you have and sometimes nothing can turn into something.”
“We have more story than time to tell it–but I suppose that’s true for all of us.”
“People don’t change. They just get better at hiding who they really are.”
“You can’t buy people with your pain. They’ll just want away from it.”
“For some people, the future ahead is opportunity. For others, it’s only time you haven’t met and where I lived, it was only time. You don’t waste your breath trying to protect it. You just try to survive it until one day, you don’t.”
“But I’m telling you, it’s always the nicest places that are the worst. They got all there probably is to give and they won’t.”
“Being tired is worse than being drunk. Things you never wanted to say coming out of your mouth and you can’t stop it and by the time you realize you shouldn’t have said it, it’s too late.”
“That anybody who listens to me, I end up loving them just a little.”
“Money burns fast. Knowing that doesn’t get easier with age and it’s worse when you learn it young.”
“I thought she was so beautiful, you know? I just wanted to know her. You ever met someone like that, and all you can think about is being near them? Just like … in their orbit?”
“But love is complicated, it’s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes. It brings us together and it can just as easily drive us apart.”