From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!
SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!
SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:
“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”
When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.
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SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Review:
A huge thank you to Inkslinger PR and Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy in exchange for a honest review. I was also thrilled to be accepted on the Blog Tour. It’s my first tour ever and I truly appreciate the opportunity.
I think this book is on a deeper level than I anticipated. It’s not puppies and kittens, it’s real emotions and hardships. I think I thought it would be this lighthearted love story but it’s so much more than that. We have Ellison aka Elle who is the daughter of a Governor who has created a second chance program for teens who’ve previously been in some type of trouble. The program is there to help the teens get on the right path and not end up going straight from high school to jail. Enter Hendrix aka Drix. Hendrix pleaded guilty to a crime and served his time. Drix was selected to be the face of the second chance program. Drix and Elle met by accident and formed a connection. Later on they realized who each other were….there the story begins.
The background stories for most of these characters broke my heart. I wanted to reach out to help them only to realize….they’re fictional characters. The writing really made me feel for these kids. I seriously want to adopt them all. One of my favorite relationships were Drix and his brother Axle. I felt their bond so strongly while reading. It literally jumped off the pages and into my heart. I loved their connection and how they are always there for each other constantly, without hesitation. They had their ups and downs like all siblings do, but at the core they would do anything for each other.
One of the main characters was Elle. Elle was constantly pressured to be perfect and composed at all times. I felt mentally exhausted just reading about it, I can’t imagine actually living that life day in and day out. Elle struggled with keeping who she truly was and the perfect persona that she showed the world separately. Sometimes those lines would blur and it was really hard on her. We see this inward battle of her trying to please her parents and everyone else while also trying to stay true to herself. She really was a great character who will stay with me.
As far as the relationship between Elle and Drix goes….without spoiling anything……I loved how Drix encouraged Elle to be her true self. He didn’t want her to put on an act for anyone. Drix thought the true Elle was this amazing person who didn’t need to be perfect/on point at any given moment. Now Drix did have his moments where I wanted to punch him in the arm for pushing Elle away and feeling like he wasn’t good enough for anyone or anything. We all struggle with those inner demons who constantly tell us our greatest fears over and over. Sometimes we listen and sometimes we overcome them. It’s just something we all have to deal with.
My rating for this book was 3.5 stars because for the first half of the book, I felt like not much happened. I kept waiting and waiting but it seemed we were stuck story line wise. About half way through is when the story picked up and started to gain momentum. Perhaps we needed the first half to lay the ground work for us to understand the characters and why they are the way they are? I’m not sure. It just dragged a bit too much for my liking. Now the second half, I really enjoyed. It made me adore this story. The action really gave it that push that I needed and from then on, I couldn’t put down the book. I read from 50% to the finish in one sitting. So overall, I enjoyed the book but wish the pacing was a bit different in the first half.
SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Excerpt:
Sean points, and a woman in the back asks, “You never met Mr. Pierce before?”
I shake my head, and Sean gestures to the microphone. “No. I was playing a midway game earlier, and he ended up playing beside me, but then we went our separate ways. I left the game, and these guys started to harass me, and hen Hendrix asked if I needed help. I agreed, and he suggested we talk. He said that if the guys thought we were friends they would eventually lose interest, and they did. Hendrix played a game, and we talked until Andrew showed.”
“Andrew?” someone asks.
“Andrew Morton.” That causes enough of a stir that nervousness leaks into my bloodstream and makes my hands cold and clammy. Why is it that I feel that I said something terribly wrong?
“Are you and Andrew Morton friends?” someone else asks, and the question hits me in a sickening way. I name-dropped the grandson of the most powerful US Senator…the position my father is campaigning for. Sean is going to roast me alive.
“Yes. We’ve been friends for as long as I remember.” Friends, enemies, it’s all semantics at this point.
“Did you and Andrew Morton plan to attend the festival together?” Another reporter.
“Were you on a date?” a woman asks.
My entire body recoils. “What?”
“Are you and Andrew Morton romantically involved?”
I become one of those bunnies who go still at the slightest sound. “I thought we were talking about Hendrix.”
“Did Mr. Pierce confront the men?”
Finally back on track. “No, he was adamant that there should be no violence.”
More questions and I put my hand in the air as I feel like I’m the one on trial. “Isn’t that the point? Hendrix went through my dad’s program, and one of the first chances he had to make a good decision, he made one. We’re strangers, and he helped me without violence. That, to me, is success.” A few people nod their head, and because I don’t want to be done yet… “Mr. O’Bryan—grown men shouldn’t be following seventeen-year-old girls. I’m curious why you didn’t step in when I was being harassed. If you saw Hendrix and me together, then you know what happened, and it’s horrifying you didn’t help. Hendrix made the right choice. You did not.”
A rumble of conversation, Sean places a hand on my arm and gently, but firmly pushes me to the side. The raging fire in his eyes says he’s mentally measuring out the room in the basement he’s going to let me rot in for the next ten years.
My father approaches the microphone with an ease I envy. “Any more questions for Ellison can be sent to my press secretary. As you can tell, it’s been a trying day for my daughter, but we are most grateful for Mr. Pierce’s actions. We promised a program that was going to help our state’s youth turn their lives around, and, thanks to Mr. Pierce’s admirable actions, we are proud of our first program’s success.”
He offers Drix his hand again, and Drix accepts.
Lots of pictures and applause, and Dad leans in and whispers something to him. I can’t tell what it is, but I do see the shadow that crosses over Drix’s face, his throat move as he swallow and then the slight nod of his head.
I don’t know what happened, but I don’t like it. The urge is to rush Drix, but Sean has a firm hold on my elbow, keeping me in place, silently berating me for causing problems.
Drix stands behind the podium and drops a bomb so huge the ground shakes beneath my feet. “Because Ellison had enough courage to explain what happened today, I’m going to tell you what I was convicted of…”
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About Katie McGarry:
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.