Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. At age 14, Courtney dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently. At age 18, she wrote her first novel and never looked back. Her first book, Cracked Up to Be, was published in 2008, when she was 22. To date, she has authored six novels and is best known for her unapologetic, difficult female protagonists. Her newest novel, Sadie, released in September 2018, is a New York Times bestseller, Odyssey Award Winner, Edgar Award nominee, received five starred reviews, appeared on over 30 Best of 2018 lists, and was the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Runner-Up for Best YA Fiction with over 21,000 votes. In 2016, Courtney was named one of Flare Magazine's 60 under 30.