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.
Holy crap, this book. This was a definite difficult read, but it was so amazing as well. I loved the writing style of this book. It was written half in podcast form with the voice of West McCray, who has his own serial true crime podcast. And then the other half was told in Sadie’s narrative. I really loved how this book captured the story that was being told. It was amazing and it was heartbreaking.
I really loved the fact that this story was basically a mystery within a mystery. And it was just so different from so many YA books that I’m craving more books written like this. It really fascinates me when books are told in mixed media. And it honestly made me love the book even more.
I do have to mention that there are some tough subjects within this book that can be very triggering. It’s a sad story, I’m not going to lie. But it’s a story that is so worth reading. If you can handle the triggering subject matter, I highly recommend that you read this book!
About the Author
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.
Let’s talk about it!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
Best-selling author Ann Hood tells the story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s Beatlemania. Written in her signature prose, Hood weaves a tale of four misfit friends who set off to see the Beatles' final world tour, each harboring a secret hope. What emerges is a sincere and funny story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as the world in front of you--and the world at large--is changing too fast.
The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members--the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.
Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing their final world tour in Boston at the end of the summer--and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.
My Favorite Beatle
There’s no doubt about it, I love The Beatles. I have ever since I was little. My parents grew up in the era of The Beatles and they passed down their love of the music to me. I’d say my top 3 Beatles songs would have to be: Here Comes The Sun, Hey Jude, and Blackbird. Which brings me to who my favorite Beatle is… George Harrison. Most people would automatically say John Lennon or Paul McCartney and while I love them.. George is my favorite. I think he became my favorite after I found out that he wrote Here Comes The Sun. And that song got me through some tough times. I suffered with depression during high school and for some reason Here Comes the Sun helped me out so much.
And then a few months after I turned 18, my dad died. He was suffering with his own demons and took his own life. And I went through some tough battles of dealing with the grief and again Here Comes the Sun shone a light in my life when it was at it’s darkest. And every time I hear Here Comes the Sun, I can’t help but think happy things and how even in your darkest moment there is a sun shining somewhere in your life. And I can’t be more grateful to have that song in my life and it’s all thanks to my boy George.
Here Comes The Sun
…for your listening pleasure <3
About the Author
Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Obituary Writer, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, The Red Thread, and The Knitting Circle, as well as the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and chosen as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has won two Pushcart Prizes as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing award. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Hood’s short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including Ploughshares, Tin House, Traveler, Bon Appetit, O, More, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and others. She is the editor of the anthologies Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About Knitting, Knitting Pearls: More Writers Writing About Knitting, and Providence Noir. Hood is also the author of books for children, including the middle-grade novel, How I Saved My Father (And Ruined Everything Else), and the ten-book Treasure Chest series for young readers. Her new memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, will be published in August. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City, and is married to the writer Michael Ruhlman.
My Thoughts OMG, there really isn’t a whole lot that I can say about this one without any spoilers, but I will try my best! But, guys… every book in this series just keeps getting better and better. With each book I love the characters even more. The plot gets more intense. I’m literally on […]
Beyond the Pages So, for my post for this blog tour I am doing a Beyond the Pages kind of post. In Things I’m Seeing Without You, the main character Tess deals with the loss of her boyfriend, Jonah, to suicide. I decided to do a Beyond the Pages because I relate to Tess. Tess […]
Book Photography About the Author Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted […]
Book Look Jane Unlimited Book Look by inwonderland49 featuring round toe flat shoes About the Author Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, and […]
**I was supposed to have a review for you today, but I’m only partly through book 1 due to the major book slump I’ve been in since getting laid off from work. I promise to have a review of these books for you soon! But instead, I’ve done some book photography for you!** Photography Shoot […]
About the Author Romina Russell (aka Romina Garber) is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s […]
**So I completely failed and haven’t read Zodiac, Wandering Star, or black Moon yet. I was hoping to have some content to go along with this. But for now this will just be a spotlight and giveaway post. Hopefully for my stop for Black Moon (Aug 10) I’ll have more than a spotlight for you.** […]
Q&A How did you come up with the idea behind The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter? I’ve always loved Victorian gothic fiction, by which I mean books like Dracula, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Island of Dr.Moreau. I first came up with the idea for this novel while trying to […]