Mini Audiobook Reviews: Sadie by Courtney Summers and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson // a YA mysteries agni kai

Two YA mysteries in a fight for their honor, but only one can come out alive…

sorry, this really isn’t that serious 😅. anyways,

I found myself in the mood for some ~ mystery ~ last week and settled on listening to Sadie by Courtney Summers and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Instead of reviewing them in two separate posts, I thought I’d just do it in one ✨. Both books were popular YA mysteries, and while their plots and formats had similarities, other elements like their subject matters weren’t as comparable 💃:

(But… if we were really talking agni kai… which book, if any, do you personally prefer 😅?)

sadie by courtney summers

Title: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Published: September 4, 2018

Pages: 308

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

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Told through a private investigator’s podcast, a series of interviews with key witnesses, and the title character’s perspective, this book launched with the mystery of Sadie’s disappearance and her sister’s tragic murder. Although the plot revolved around Sadie’s past and present, the story felt like it belonged to all of the characters in the book. Pieced together, their experiences gradually brought a harrowing narrative about small town America and the abuse and exploitation of girls to the foreground.

“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.”

Sadie was both an incredibly hard and gripping book to listen to. Being able to hear the emotions of the whole cast of characters made the events even more real and heart-breaking. If you have the option, I’d definitely recommend listening to its audiobook. It would had taken me longer to finish this book if I had read it because of how invariably tied the mystery was to girls being the victims of disturbing crimes. There were times when I wanted more information on certain subjects (and times that I wanted less), but Sadie was conclusively steadfast in moving its grim plot forward while keeping me engaged with its painfully evocative construction.


i really liked it

a good girl’s guide to murder by holly jackson

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Author: Holly Jackson

Published: May 2, 2019

Pages: 433

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

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(I don’t have any quotes from this book 😬✌.)

Five years before the start of events in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, popular high school senior, Andie Bell, went missing and was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, before he killed himself. Years later, Pippa Fitz-Amobi chose to revisit the case for her senior capstone project on a hunch that Sal was innocent and a determination to uncover the truth behind the nightmarish tragedy.

Told through interviews with the event’s key players and Pippa’s perspective, A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder was another great book to listen to. The various voice actors infused life into the characters and story, and the story itself was admirable for defining a headstrong protagonist with clear motives and beliefs and for highlighting dangerous consequences of racism and idolization.

That said, I liked the book enough, but I thought it was just good. The plot was quite formulaic, and while that wasn’t always a bad thing, I was often distracted by how many situations or any dimension added to the characters reminded me of other mysteries. As a whole, there was something missing for me, and I never felt fully invested in the plot or attached to any of the characters. Even though I enjoyed the narration, maybe taking my time to read the story instead would have built up the intrigue and made me like the book even more.


i liked it

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books before? What did you think of them? Would you want to read these books if you haven’t already? Let me know 🙂.

25 thoughts on “Mini Audiobook Reviews: Sadie by Courtney Summers and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson // a YA mysteries agni kai

  1. Ohh this is such a creative way of doing reviews! I really liked reading your thoughts on both of these books – of the two, I’ve only read, well listened, to Sadie. And I agree that the audiobook is amazing! It’s definitely a tough read, given the subject matter, but I found it completely immersive. Great reviews!!

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  2. Lovely reviews, Belle ❤ I'm happy to hear you liked Sadie, I've heard amazing things about this book! I don't think I'll read it though, because of all the triggers in it ahah 🙂 I've been curious about Good Girls' Guide, I've heard about this book a little bit lately, I'm sorry to hear it didn't exceed your expectations :/
    Happy reading! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie 😄❤️! Sadie was fantastic, but that’s definitely a good idea to skip it if you need to 💕. I think I really should have just read Good Girl’s Guide instead haha 😅.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Marie! Happy reading to you too ❤️!

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  3. I love how you set this up!! I haven’t read The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, but it’s been on my TBR for the longest time. I did read Sadie– last year, I think — and the format reminded me a lot of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. It ended up being a three-star read for me, but I think it would be really interesting to listen to as an audiobook, especially since so much of it revolved around a podcast.

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. Thank you, Claire 😄! I’d love to hear what you think of The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder once you eventually get to it hahaha. Ooo, I’ve never heard of Dangerous Girls, but I’ll definitely look into it. I’m sorry Sadie wasn’t the greatest for you, but yeah! Maybe the audiobook would make it more interesting 🙂.


  4. The use of the avatar gif made me so happy, I just finished watching it and I keep thinking about it!! I’m glad you enjoyed Sadie as I had heard so much about it and the format definitely sounds so interesting, I will definitely look for the audiobook!! I’m glad the characters made it feel more real as I always struggle with mystery for some reason and I think it is because I often don’t connect to the characters!! I really loved reading your reviews and I love how you set them out!! ❤

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    1. Ahhh, that’s so awesome hahaha! I really need to rewatch ATLA 😩. It’s one of the few shows that never gets old to me ✊🏼💞. Are you excited about the new Netflix adaptation?!
      And yes! I’d definitely recommend the audiobook if you can get your hands on it! I listened to it on the Libby app 😄. I thought the story actually emphasized the different characters and their background more than the story, so hopefully you’ll be able to connect to them regardless of how you read the book 🙂. Thank you so much, Sophie 😄❤️!!

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      1. It was sooooo goood!! 😍😍 wait what ?!?! I hadn’t heard about this but ahhh… 😱😱 I need more information 😍😍 that’s so exciting !!!
        Ooh Wonderful!! That’s sounds great for me them !! 💛

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  5. Great reviews! I read Sadie and I loved it. It was definitely something and I had to take short breaks in between reading because of how it affected me. 😰 Does the audiobook have different narrators? I don’t normally listen to audiobooks because my mind often wanders but I think Sadie might be a different experience considering its format.

    oh, I wish A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was better. It seemed interesting. 😅

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    1. Thank you, Marie 😄💕! Oh gosh, reading the book sounds tough 😕. Yeah, the audiobook had a lot of different narrators! The audio quality during the podcast scenes also sounded like I was actually listening to a podcast 😄! And I totally get you! My mind usually wanders a lot during audiobooks too 😅, but this one was an exception 🙂. If you ever feel like revisiting the story, I’d definitely recommend the audiobook 😄.

      Me too haha 😅.

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  6. Hahaha, love the gif! Wonderful reviews! I read Sadie as a physical paper book and really enjoyed it. I’m intrigued to see what the audio book is like, so maybe it’s time for a reread! I haven’t read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, but maybe I’ll check it out! Loved hearing your thoughts 😀

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    1. Avatar is the best 😂💖! I’d definitely recommend the audiobook if you reread the story! I think A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is worth the read—it has really great reviews on Goodreads! Thank you so much, Octavia 😄💕!

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  7. I love how you’ve pitched this post as a battle between two YA mysteries! And more particularly… as an agni kai! I saw in the previous comments you were talking about the Netflix adaptation of ATLA, and I am soooo excited and nervous for it!
    While I can’t say I enjoyed the experience of reading Sadie, it was definitely high impact.
    I haven’t read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder yet, but it has been on my radar for a little while! I’m glad to hear you liked it, but honestly if the plot is formulaic, I’m probably going to struggle with it – especially if it’s told in first-person, which I suspect may be the case (is it?)
    Great reviews!!

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    1. ATLA!!! Hahaha I love that you saw that 😂, and yes! I’m so excited and nervous too, although I mostly trust Netflix series 🤞🏼. Are there any characters/scenes in particular that you‘re excited to see? 😄
      I’m sorry that you didn’t quite enjoy reading Sadie, and I agree it was definitely impactful 😔.
      A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is actually third person! Then again, idk if that will make it any better for you because it really is formulaic in my opinion 😅. Hopefully, you will though! I’m curious to hear what you think!
      Thank you so much, Sabrina 😄!


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