Surprisingly, my heart goes out to Sadie, in the book 11-22-63, the novel by Stephen King concerning time travel, JFK and the already well-explored cautionary butterfly effect , but none at such depth as this. The main character is kind of a fool, sometimes I want to yell at him for his lack of empathy, and the unnecessary suffering it creates, but mostly, the contrast and disparity creates a very tense space within which one contemplates the dark issues raised by the story, wandering a dark and narrow path, like skirting a craggy precipice, and always looking down.
I think 11-22-63 is worth reading.
Having gotten through the thick of the love story and the stalking of the Oswalds I have to say it wasn't as thick, long or tedious as the negative reviews made it out to be, at least to me. In fact, while some of it was a bit drowning in details, we had to feel what 5 years means, that he had come under the spell of the times, that he didn't want to leave, he'd created a life there, full of nuance and detail, he'd created attachments... meaningful relationship... but out of all the people in the book, I cared more for Sadie than anyone else.
It is VERY compelling, and I never stopped hoping for Sadie, and pondering on the times... I felt... like I was there.
Spoiler: I don't agree with Stephen King's conclusion about JFK's assassination, that Oswald did it alone purely on the grounds of paranoia, it's possible sure, but all evidence of what JFK was doing, passing bills to reduce the power of the Fed, his issues with Cuba, all of these issues are not raised by the book one wit, and that surprised me... but King also pounds in another idea quite often in the book, an acronym, KISS... keep it simple stupid... and he does this with his plot, and his character's modus operandi. For good and bad. It's a work of fiction, and it works here, no reason not to write it this way, why not? It's a speculative work of fiction, I accept that, and I enjoyed it on its terms.
I've read a few reviews stating that it's ridiculous, now spoiler here coming, that two women Jake knows in the book wind up with large scars on their faces at different points in the story... but actually if you're following along it's not ridiculous at all... we know that the past is obdurate, it's repeated many times to get this point across, so if damage is averted in one place, it's found manifested in another... this is how in one timeline one woman has the scar, and in another, it's Sadie... the past harmonizes, it finds a way to manifest, you can't really change anything, not really... and in this way, the book is quite beautiful and intelligent and profoundly intuitive. The past harmonizes, it's obdurate, what manifests in time, must manifest in time, one way or another.
In this way the past is a bit like an earthquake. Tectonic plates building up tension, awaiting an earthquake, and the longer it waits the worse it gets, meaning, if you stop something from happening in the past, the tension for its inevitable outcome grows until it manifests much much more powerfully.
Like many others, Sadie touched me the most, she was somehow the container for our personal innocence and hope, and it's impossible not to care deeply for her, and feel the loss of her deeply.