BLOG TOUR: Sadie, Courtney Summers (September 4, 2018)

I first heard about SADIE at BookExpo, where it was named a YA Editor Buzz Pick. I love a good thriller, murder mystery and this seemed just twisted enough for me to love. And, boy, was I right. SADIE was a wild ride from start to finish and kept me completely engrossed the entire time. Trust me, you’re going to want this on your TBR and on your shelves. I’ve got an exclusive excerpt to prove it—read on.


The 411: 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.


—Excerpt—

THE GIRLS
EPISODE 1

[THE GIRLS THEME]

WEST McCRAY:
Welcome to Cold Creek, Colorado. Population: eight hun- dred.

Do a Google Image search and you’ll see its main street, the barely beating heart of that tiny world, and find every other building vacant or boarded up. Cold Creek’s luckiest—the gainfully employed—work at the local grocery store, the gas station and a few other staple businesses along the strip. The rest have to look a town or two over for opportunity for them- selves and for their children; the closest schools are in Park- dale, forty minutes away. They take in students from three other towns.

Beyond its main street, Cold Creek arteries out into worn and chipped Monopoly houses that no longer have a place upon the board. From there lies a rural sort of wilderness. The highway out is interrupted by veins of dirt roads leading to nowhere as often as they lead to pockets of dilapidated houses or trailer parks in even worse shape. In the summer- time, a food bus comes with free lunches for the kids until the school year resumes, guaranteeing at least two subsidized meals a day.

There’s a quiet to it that’s startling if you’ve lived your whole life in the city, like I have. Cold Creek is surrounded by a beau- tiful, uninterrupted expanse of land and sky that seem to go on forever. Its sunsets are spectacular; electric golds and oranges, pinks and purples, natural beauty unspoiled by the insult of skyscrapers. The sheer amount of space is humbling, almost divine. It’s hard to imagine feeling trapped here.

But most people here do.

COLD CREEK RESIDENT [FEMALE]:
You live in Cold Creek because you were born here and if you’re born here, you’re probably never getting out.

WEST McCRAY:
That’s not entirely true. There have been some success sto- ries, college graduates who moved on and found well-paying jobs in distant cities, but they tend to be the exception and not the rule. Cold Creek is home to a quality of life we’re raised to aspire beyond, if we’re born privileged enough to have the choice.

Here, everyone’s working so hard to care for their families and keep their heads above water that, if they wasted time on the petty dramas, scandals and personal grudges that seem to define small towns in our nation’s imagination, they would not survive. That’s not to say there’s no drama, scandal, or grudge—just that those things are usually more than residents of Cold Creek can afford to care about.

Until it happened.

The husk of an abandoned, turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse sits three miles outside of town, taken by fire. The roof is caved in and what’s left of the walls are charred. It sits next to an apple orchard that’s slowly being reclaimed by the nature that surrounds it: young overgrowth, new trees, wild- flowers.

There’s almost something romantic about it, something that feels like respite from the rest of the world. It’s the perfect place to be alone with your thoughts. At least it was, before.

May Beth Foster—who you’ll come to know as this series goes on—took me there herself. I asked to see it. She’s a plump, white, sixty-eight-year-old woman with salt-and-pepper hair. She has a grandmotherly way about her, right down to a voice that’s so invitingly familiar it warms you from the inside out. May Beth is manager of Sparkling River Estates trailer park, a lifelong resident of Cold Creek, and when she talks, people listen. More often than not, they accept whatever she says as the truth.

MAY BETH FOSTER:
Just about . . . here.

This is where they found the body.

911 DISPATCHER [PHONE]:
911 dispatch. What’s your emergency?


COURTNEY SUMMERS lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, Please Remain Calm, and All the Rage.


More about THE GIRLS podcast:
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 what I mean?! You have to read to find out the rest. Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of SADIE and for including me on the blog tour. SADIE is available now.

Fall TV Premieres I’m Looking Forward To (Returning Shows)

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that this blog used to largely be a television and movie blog. I had a roster of 20ish shows that I watched religiously every week and any extra money would be spent on dvds of my favorites. Obviously, things have changed since then. I still have a fair amount of shows that I follow, but like books, I’ve also learned to let go. Which is why shows like Modern Family, Grey’s, and Empire have fallen by the wayside.


It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FXX
(September 5, Wednesdays @ 9)

Sunny is hands down my favorite comedy on tv these days, and while the earlier seasons have been (in my opinion) more consistently funny, I still look forward to tuning in every week and laughing uncontrollably at inappropriate things. Hopefully the decreased presence of Dennis will still bring the same hilarity.


How to Get Away With Murder, ABC
(September 27, Thursdays @ 9)

It’s inevitable that like Grey’s and Scandal, I will one day become tired of this Shondaland show, but I’m still hooked. They’ve gotten away with their, what, 15th murder now and I’m just as invested as ever. But a large part of that has to do with Connor Walsh/Jack Falahee and whoever the new guy is who is playing Annalise’s son. Because, hello, EYE CANDY.


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW
(October 12, Fridays @ 8)

I will continue to defend this show to death. CXG has one of the most accurate portrayals of mental illness on television and speaks truths about topics that many would shy away from. See: period sex, generalizing men, and healthy sperm. It’s not Santino, but I’m also excited for the return of Greg, if not just for hearing Skylar Astin’s beautiful voice again.  Also, click here for a list of my top 5 favorite songs to date.


Supergirl, The CW
(October 14, Sundays @ 7)

I still enjoy The Flash, but Supergirl is definitely my fave of The CW’s superhero shows. And in recent years, but love was only exacerbated by the appearance of Mon-El/Karamel. But since Chris Wood is sadly no longer a regular, I am hoping my interest in this show stays. Although, I do agree with the general consensus that Kara shouldn’t need a love interest. She’s freaking Supergirl.


The Resident, FOX
(September 24, Mondays @ 8)

I fully admit to only have started this show because of Matt Czuchry—but in the void that Grey’s has left me, The Resident shot to my current favorite medical drama. I like The Good Doctor, but after hearing some dissenting opinions about the portrayal of autism, it’s made me feel somewhat uncomfortable to watch. This show, however, is just pure soapy fun and I’m also very invested in Conrad/Nic.