The Project by Courtney Summers

  • Title: The Project
  • Author: Courtney Summers
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press
  • Estimated Publication Date: February 16, 2021
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Contemporary young adult


This is going to be a short post because, once again, she did it again! Summers gives readers a novel cannot be put down. With brilliant subtly the narrative tackles faith verses religion, sisterhood, family, identity, and grief. Like Sadie, this is a feminist novel. Many of the women abused and manipulated in this book fall victim to the insidiousness of a systematic patriarchal society. I want to say so much more about this book, but I don’t want to give spoilers. This book is just too go for a blog! I want to DISCUSS it! I want to discuss the nature of religion, faith, and manipulation. I want to sit down with a list of every man in this book and compare them. I want sit down with a list of every girl in this book and compare them. I NEED to discuss this book. I have a patron that visits the library to check out Sadie repeatedly. Guessing, she will soon have two books to read over and over. Wow, Courtney Summers. Just WOWO.

I urge you to read this book and comment on this blog. Let’s talk because it was so good!


I can tell this was crazy, well researched. I noticed a lot of similarities to the Peoples Temples and Jim Johns, which Summers confirms a loose basing. Check out the linked interviews below:

Get a first look at Courtney Summers’ cult thriller The Project“, EW.

“Q&A with Courtney Summers”, Publishers Weekly

One thought on “The Project by Courtney Summers

  1. Definitely adding this to my TBR pile! I’ve always seen Sadie on the shelves, but have yet to pick it up! Should I read that first or would this be okay to start with?


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