Q&A with Courtney Summers.
1. Was there any part of Sadie that was emotionally painful to write about? The book was so good, but it ruined my heart.
Thank you! It means a lot to me that Sadie made an impact. There was not so much a specific scene, but Sadie’s story as a whole was tough to write. It can be difficult to occupy the emotional space required to explore a lot of the topics I do, but it’s more important to me that those stories be told.
2. The ending of the book killed me a little. Will you be sharing what happens next?
It’s unlikely, but I never say never. Sadie’s story, as it stands, feels complete to me.
3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
I think Italy would be amazing. It looks like such a beautiful place. Also, let’s be real—the pasta!
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 meagre 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.
THE GIRLS: Find Sadie is the first-ever YA thriller podcast. The Serial-like show is based off the novel Sadie by Courtney Summers. In a brilliant move, Summers scripted periodic chapters of the novel like a podcast script, hosted by fictional radio personality West McCray. The six-part podcast series brings these chapters to life with a 30+ person cast, music, and sound effects and was a collaboration between Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Podcasts, and Wednesday Books. Episode 1 launches on August 1st, and the show will air seven weekly episodes available on all the major podcast platforms. The final episode will feature a bonus interview with Courtney Summers and her editor Sara Goodman. See more here.