Courtney Summers is the author of several novels, including the breakout hit Sadie
, which appeared on over 30 ‘Best of’ lists and was published in 26 territories. In 2018, Electric Literature proclaimed her
“a master of the bitch” for her years of writing “nuanced, wrenching stories about angry [and] unlikable girls.” Her work has been released to critical acclaim, multiple starred reviews and has received numerous awards and honors, including the Edgar Award and the Odyssey Award. Courtney has reviewed for The New York Times
and is the founder of the 2015 worldwide trending hashtag #ToTheGirls. She lives and writes in Canada.
Available now from Wednesday Books, originally published September 2022
The new groundbreaking lesbian thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar-award Winning author Courtney Summers
When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley's older sister, Nora, to find and bring the killer to justice before he strikes again. But their investigation throws Georgia into a world of unimaginable privilege and wealth, without conscience or consequence, and as Ashley’s killer closes in, Georgia will discover when money, power and beauty rule, it might not be a matter of who is guilty--but who is guiltiest.
This is the world that enabled Jeffrey Epstein. I'm the Girl is coming for its throat.
A September/October Kids' Indie Next Pick
An Amazon Best Book of the Month (September 2022)
“Courtney Summers’s books are not for the faint of heart . . . [I’m the Girl] is much needed [and] uniquely horrifying.”
- The New York Times
“Summers’ latest masterful thriller takes on the world of wealth and privilege to examine questions of power, predatory behavior, and, ultimately, complicity, and agency. [A] heartbreaking, brutal, and devastatingly realistic novel. [B]old, unflinching, and utterly enthralling.”
— Kirkus, starred review
“Summers attentively outlines harsh realities of bodily autonomy, predatory behavior, and sexual violence in this emotionally raw and brutally captivating novel [and] expertly weaves together drama, mystery, and romance [for] an intense look into one girl’s wish to be seen [in] this powerful, ultimately hopeful performance.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[An] unwavering staring contest [with the] darkest truths the world has to offer young women . . . A powerful and important story recommended for all library collections.”
— School Library Journal, starred review
“Courtney Summers is known for pushing boundaries and exposing the cruel realities young women face. I'm the Girl, her eighth YA novel, is no exception. This part murder mystery, part thriller, part queer romance is a brutal, raw account of truths behind power and privilege . . . [A] dark and heart-wrenching novel. Devastating yet honest.”
— Shelf Awareness, starred review
"I'm the Girl is a stunner--tender, raw, and compulsively readable. This is a gutsy novel, one that takes risks and turns toward darkness while maintaining a delicate vulnerability. Courtney Summers writes teenage girls with the complexity they deserve."
- Kate Elizabeth Russell, New York Times bestselling author of My Dark Vanessa
"I’m the Girl is an unflinching, electric examination of the patriarchal power we expect young women to confront at a time in their lives when every message we send tells them otherwise. Summers cuts into the constructs of beauty, sexuality, desire and girlhood in a way so few other writers do. A stirring, thought-provoking thriller."
- Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push
"This is Courtney Summers doing what she does better than anybody--revealing truths beneath the surface of what we think we know. I’m the Girl captures the glittering allure of beauty as power and the insatiable need of the powerful to possess beautiful things."
- Angeline Boulley, #1 New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author of Firekeeper's Daughter
"Bold, brave and unflinchingly visceral, I’m the Girl exposes the raw twitchy nerve at the emotional epicenter of girlhood with a message relevant for all ages: learning to understand the world in which we live doesn't mean caving to it. Summers is a singular voice, a feminist force, and a writer who plays by her own rules."
- Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of The Husbands
"A lightning bolt of a novel. Courtney Summers delivers a harrowing, hypnotic examination of feminine power, and feminine vulnerability; with unparalleled wit and masterful pacing, she explores the deadly cost of a young woman’s desire. I truly could not put this book down.”
- Danya Kukafka, bestselling author of Girl in Snow and Notes on an Execution
"Courtney Summers is a master of the thriller. Rarely am I as riveted or breathless as when in the throes of a Courtney Summers book--but Summers does much more than entertain. She examines and dismantles what it means to be a young woman: the terror and the power, the truths that are difficult to look at. To read a Courtney Summers book is to read with one's heart in one's throat, to witness something important about our world. She's never let me down."
- Nina LaCour, bestselling and Printz Award-winning author of We Are Okay and Yerba Buena
"Scorchingly smart and on point, Courtney Summers’ latest novel advances her even more fearlessly into the conversation about female autonomy, sexuality, and the damage wrought when young women try to win in a system rigged against them. Taut, unfiltered and unapologetically emotional, I’m the Girl digs in its nails and doesn’t let go."
- Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and When the Stars Go Dark
Available now from Wednesday Books, originally published February 2021
The next pulls-no-punches thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Courtney Summers, about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister from a cult.
An Indie Bestseller
The #1 Spring 2021 Kids' Indie Next Pick
The ITW Thriller Award Winner (YA), 2022
An Audie Award Finalist (YA), 2022
A Rolling Stone Magazine Top Culture Pick of the Month (March '21)
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Amazon Best YA Book of the Month (Feb '21)
A Peter Monn Book Club Pick (Feb '21)
A TAYSHAS Reading List Selection, 2022
An OLA Best Bet Selection, 2022
Named a Best book of 2021 by: Indigo, Kobo, Kirkus
“The beauty of the story lies in its focus on the downtrodden, the vulnerable, and the earnest, expressed with an enormous amount of empathy. A powerful, suspenseful, and heartbreaking thriller about identity, sisterhood, and belonging.”
— Kirkus, starred review
“Masterfully written and pulling no punches . . . Summers creates and sustains almost unbearable tension, exploring sacrifice, loss, forgiveness, miracles, surrender, grief, and lies. Readers will question the truth and everyone’s motivations in this world full of manipulation and mind games. A gripping, flawless psychological thriller ready to leave readers shattered.”
— School Library Journal, starred review
“[A] deeply disconcerting investigative thriller that seems unassuming but worms under the skin and into the mind . . . Winding questions of faith and sacrifice into an already fibrous plot, Summers presents a rich offering that lingers even as it shocks.”
— Booklist, starred review
“A must-read . . . a sure hit for anyone who prizes tautly crafted, emotionally driven suspense.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“[F]ew have done what Summers does here: create ambiguity, humanize those involved [and] painstakingly blur the line between loving care and abusive control . . . Yes, The Project will ruin your day. Yes, you want it to.”
— Shelf Awareness
“A twisty plot that’s full of hooks.”
— Publishers Weekly
All film and subrights inquiries for The Project should be directed to Faye Bender at The Book Group.
Available now from Wednesday Books, originally published 2018
A New York Times Bestseller
* An Indie Bestseller * A BookExpo America Buzz Pick
Top 3 Kids Indie Next Pick * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Barnes & Noble Monthly Pick (September 2020)
6 starred reviews:
Kirkus, PW, Booklist (audio & print), SLJ, Shelf Awareness
OLA White Pine Award, 2020 * Edgar Award, 2019 * John Spray Mystery Award, 2019 * Odyssey Award, 2019 * Audie Award (YA), 2019 * Cybils Award, 2018
Goodreads Choice Awards, 2018 (Runner-Up) * Audie Award (multi-voiced), 2019
Named a Best book of 2019 by:
Readings (International Edition)
Named a Best Book of 2018 by:
Amazon, Autostraddle, Barnes & Noble, B&N Teen Blog, Books-A-Million, Bookbub, Bookpage, The Boston Globe, Bustle, Buzzfeed, CBC, Chicago Public Library, Criminal Element, The Fandom, Forever Young Adult, Globe and Mail, Good Morning America, Google Play, Hypable, Indigo, Kirkus, Kobo, A Mighty Girl, NPR, Paste Magazine, PopSugar, Publishers Weekly, Quill & Quire, School Library Journal, She Reads, and Shelf Awareness
Named a Best Audiobook of 2018 by:
Google Play, Kobo, Paste Magazine and School Library Journal
Named a Best Teen Book of the Decade and Best 100 Teen Book of All Time by Indigo
A TAYSHAS Reading List Selection, 2020
A 2019 ALA Top 10 Quick Pick, Top 10 Amazing Audiobook, Best Fiction for YAs Title and Amelia Bloomer Title
A Bank Street College Best of 2019 Title
A Booklist Top 10 YA Book for Adult Readers, 2018
, a limited series podcast based on the novel Sadie
is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify or the podcast platform of your choice. Just search 'The Girls' and hit subscribe! https://static.macmillan.com/static/smp/sadie/
Available now from Wednesday Books, reissued 2020
A reissue of New York Times bestselling author Courtney Summers's award-winning debut! Featuring a redesigned cover, updated text and new foreword from the author. More information.