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

2 thoughts 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?


    1. Sadie is phenomenal and I definitely recommend it as well. But it isn’t necessary to read Sadie first. They are stand alones.


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