Say You'll Remember Me

Say You'll Remember Me

by Katie McGarry

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488015540
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 132,127
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Say You'll Remember Me 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Katie McGarry's ever since PUSHING THE LIMITS first came out, and I'm happy to say that SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME did not disappoint. I loved the character development as well as, of course, the romance. McGarry kicks off her new series with a great set of new characters and plot lines, and I'm super excited to get the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of katies books and love them all.
eryginger77 12 months ago
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
This was an intense rush, eliciting so many emotions. Drix is a troubled teen who was given a second chance by the Governor’s program. Although he was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, he knows he was on the wrong path, chasing girls and drugs. Elle is the Governor’s daughter. But this isn’t your typical good girl drawn to bad boy story. Nothing is as it seems on the surface. Drix has a rough past, none of his doing. Elle’s life as the first daughter of Kentucky is anything but the glamorous life the media portrays. Sparks fly at first sight, but it’s not instalove. Instead, the two build a friendship based on mutual respect while battling against everyone who wants to keep them apart. There’s a lot at stake for both of them and nothing comes easy. Drix’s suspicions on who really committed the crime drive deep wedges in his closest relationships and Elle’s relationship with her parents becomes strained as they attempt to mold her into someone she has no interest in being. Plot The main plot is Elle’s and Drix’s forbidden relationship. But they mystery behind who really robbed the convenience store and whether or not Elle will push back against her parents’ wishes are both strong subplots. There’s a lot of personal growth and character development throughout that drives the story forward. There aren’t many romances that I find difficult to put down, but this was definitely one of them. Katie McGarry tells a compelling story and I was hooked from the first chapter. Characters The characters are everything. Elle and Drix are deep, complete, with rich back stories. While Drix has more baggage than Elle, her life isn’t as perfect as it seems, and that shapes who she is in so many ways. Drix’s family and Elle’s family are just as well developed, adding so much to the conflict in the story. This is only the second book I’ve read by this author, but I’ll be reading more just for her ability to craft such amazing characters. What I Loved About SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME 1. Elle. She’s utterly relatable as a teen struggling to find out who she is versus who she’s supposed to be based on parental expectations. 2. Drix. He’s one of the most authentic male characters in teen fiction I’ve had the pleasure of reading. There’s nothing stereotypical about him. 3. The realism. Nothing is wrapped up too neatly in sitcom fashion. Instead, there is a realistic ending that deals with issues in a way that feels so much more satisfying than if they’d been tied up with a nice neat bow. 4. First love. The author captures the intense emotions and that overwhelming rush that accompanies first love. 5. Social Injustice. The way in which the legal system doesn’t work for everyone the same way is highlighted throughout and is a real issue I’m personally passionate about. I loved seeing the way it was dealt with with such honesty and heart. Bottom Line An intense, moving, passionate portrayal of first love, finding out who you are, and fighting for what matters. Dislcaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
When Drix was arrested for a crime he didn't commit he couldn't prove his innocence. He was put in the Second Chance Program of the governor and this saved his life. At the end of his sentence the governor asks Drix to be the face of his pet project and Drix reluctantly agrees. It will mean media attention, but it's for a good cause, the program changed him and turned him into someone who can make the right choices. However, the governor has a daughter, Elle, and when Drix is around her he doesn't feel very sensible. She's everything he's ever wanted and more, but she's also the one person he isn't allowed to fall in love with, she's completely off limits. Elle tries to make her parents proud. She's part of her father's campaign and dutifully follows every rule her parents come up with. Her life is starting to suffocate her, because she can never do what she loves. She's living a scheduled and restricted life without any freedom, but when she's with Drix she can be herself. Elle isn't supposed to date him, but also doesn't want to give him up. How can they be together when Elle's parents forbid it? They come from different worlds, do they really have a chance? Will they be able to find the abundance of happiness they both deserve? Say You'll Remember Me is a beautiful emotional story. Drix made a big mess of his life, but he didn't commit the crime he was arrested for. All Drix cared about was music and the lifestyle it provided and this eventually got him in trouble because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He used every opportunity the Second Chance Program presented and is now much more humble. He's kindhearted and caring and that is how he meets Elle. Elle's dominating parents are ruling her world. She has no room to be the person she wants to be. She's fierce, smart and resourceful, but her parents just focus on her flaws. Drix is the only person who truly sees her. My heart ached for both of them. They are such wonderful talented people and they're each being restricted in their own way. I kept hoping they'd follow their hearts and choose love and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out how their story would end. Katie McGarry writes amazing stories about teenagers who don't have easy lives. I love how she lets her readers see the world through their eyes. She writes about pain and heartbreak in a fantastic raw and open way. I was captivated by Say You'll Remember Me from the very first page. Drix and Elle are brilliant multilayered main characters and it's impossible not to care about them. I was impressed by Katie McGarry's moving descriptions of their hopes, dreams and wishes. Say You'll Remember Me is a terrific book. I highly recommend this heart-rending romantic story.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story from Katie McGarry. Katie is one of my favorite authors to read, she always brings something special to her stories, I don’t really know how to explain it but I always connect with her characters and end up caring for them, way more than it’s normal. In this book we get to meet Drix and Elle and it is sort of a falling for the bad guy story but not really because Drix is actually a pretty amazing guy with some bad decisions in his past but trying his best to be better and when that is happening he meet s Elle and together they both get to explore not only his feelings towards each other but also who they truly are. Elle was a character that I both loved and found rather frustrating, I could relate to her always expecting the best of people but it frustrated me at times that she wasn’t fighting for herself enough. I truly enjoyed this book, the last few chapters were nerve wracking so I couldn’t stop until the very end, I have to admit to shedding some tears towards the very end, when you get there you will know what I’m talking about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You think by now I would have learned not to start a book by Katie in the evening. Every time I do I become drawn in and emotionally invested. So, here I am at 6:23 am, without a wink of sleep,posting how this read was more than worth the time, Hendrix and Ellie more than worth the emotional investment. Highly recommended!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Say You’ll Remember Me is a fantastic, beautiful story of Hendrix and Ellison. Ellison is the governor's daughter, and Hendrix is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They meet so poetically and instantly feel that connection. It isn’t an instant-love, but you could feel that spark deep inside your heart. I love when I can really get to that level with characters. It’s everything. I don’t want to give this story away. I’m not going to tell all the details, that would be a disservice to the reader. McGarry has a writing style that I love. Her words are beautiful. Some stories I’ve read, things will be said. I’ll just stop and think, ok well that wasn’t needed. This is a story has so much heart; it makes its way into your soul.  And it does not let you go. Say You'll Remember me will forever have a place in my heart. I’m not sure I have even the right words to describe it. I loved it, and it defiantly is on my top for 2018. Overall, Five Boundless Stars
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"This love, it has been worth it - even if I'm losing a piece of my heart in the process." With a big sigh, I closed Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry. You see, as the end came and went, I already missed it. Heartfelt and intense, this was one story that spoke volumes. It's about second chances, but also about love and mistakes. My heart ached for Drix and Elle's stories, individually and together. Realistic and layered, readers are thrown in a lurch as we follow their journeys from meeting to finding the way to be together. "Are you scared. . .Despite her answer, this girl is fearless." The romance was soul touching, but I also enjoyed the emphasis on family dynamics. Divergent is to be expected of Drix and Elle, including how their families can not be more different. The author did a great job in creating a story that dealt with familial relationships that either connect or disconnect in different ways, while presenting a well developed plot that interweave compellingly. Yes, I definitely enjoyed Say You'll Remember Me. O, did I tell you about the witty dialogues between Drix and Elle? Smart, fun and yes, there's the slight poignant thread throughout that clenches your teeth at times. In all, a beautiful stop from beginning to end. This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion. Please note, if planning to share quoted quotes (quote graphics OK), please verify with release copy, since it was taken from an uncorrected proof copy (ARC). Thank you.
Bookfreak_101 More than 1 year ago
Writing this review is hard, because I don’t know what I can say that would do justice to this incredible book. I’m not sure what to say that I haven’t already said about McGarry’s books, and I’m not sure how to put into words just how I felt reading this book. Say You’ll Remember Me is a beautiful story about second chances. It’s a story will touch the reader, that will stay with you even after you finish it. It’s a story that will make you cry because you can’t help but relate to the characters, and what they’re going through isn’t easy. It’s a story that will make you gasp, because you can’t believe what you just read. It’s a story that will leave you struggling to breathe, a story that will hurt. But the stories that hurt are also the stories that you remember, the stories that need to be told. What made this book so incredible, so magical, was the characters. While the writing, the plot, the story in itself, was amazing and all made for a great book, the characters were what made it remarkable, memorable. I found Elle really relatable. Even though we are very different people, her struggles are something I think a lot of kids struggle with, and probably always will. And it makes this book so much harder to read, but so much more meaningful, too. Elle is selfless and caring, and she can’t keep herself from bringing home stray animals. Just that makes her the best person in the world to me. But she’s trying so hard to be what her parents want her to be, even though it’s not who she wants to be. She really just wants her parents to be proud of her, and what kid doesn’t want that? Then there is Drix, and let me tell you, he’s become one of my favourite book boyfriends. While readers can’t seem to help but love the mysterious bad boys, there’s more to Drix than that. While I liked how badass and strong Drix is, what really stole my heart was how he could also show vulnerability. He doesn’t feel the need to pretend like he doesn’t feel things, to pretend that things don’t affect him. And it’s such a rare thing in books that I just couldn’t keep myself from falling for him. Because sometimes, it takes more bravery to be vulnerable than it does to stay strong. Another thing that I found really important in this book is how it shows how much we are affected by the people we meet. I love the relationship between Drix and Elle, because they both help each other so much. Drix helps Elle come out of her shell and start doing things for herself, and no one else, and Elle helps Drix find peace. They’re in love, sure, but they are also close friends, and that’s beautiful. And the easy conversation between them from the start makes it funny, as well. The plot is good and well thought-out, and it brings attention to a big problem that needs more attention. McGarry isn’t afraid of writing about things people would prefer to pretend don’t exist, or aren’t as big as they really are, and I love it. Say You’ll Remember Me is a wonderful example of why people should read – not because you learn new words or become better at the language, but because it can teach you important things about society, and maybe, hopefully, open people’s eyes to our society’s problems. Finally, there is the writing. While all of the above is quite enough to make it an amazing read, the writing has this tension, this realness, that makes a book impossible to forget. McGarry has this incredible ability to write such relatable, real teenage voices that truly make the chara
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
In between reading Katie McGarry novels, I tend to forget the emotional impact they always have on me--Say You'll Remember Me was no exception. At one point I actually sobbed--not quite The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -level of sobbing (OMG, that ending), but sobbing nonetheless. I loved Drix and Elle's story. Besides being one heck of an emotional read, it really made me think about so many topics that seem more relevant today than ever--our legal and prison systems, class and income differences, the media, and the motivations and ultimate goals of our politicians. Obviously this is a fictional story, but Ms. McGarry's writing not only made her characters feel real, it immerses her readers into a world that feels absolutely true to life. After finishing this one I just wanted to sit quietly for a bit and think, still wrapped up in the world of the characters Ms. MsGarry created here. Sadly, life has other ideas--no worries, though, because this is definitely one that will go on my keeper shelf and that I'll be bringing out again...and again. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
In between reading Katie McGarry novels, I tend to forget the emotional impact they always have on me--Say You'll Remember Me was no exception. At one point I actually sobbed--not quite The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -level of sobbing (OMG, that ending), but sobbing nonetheless. I loved Drix and Elle's story. Besides being one heck of an emotional read, it really made me think about so many topics that seem more relevant today than ever--our legal and prison systems, class and income differences, the media, and the motivations and ultimate goals of our politicians. Obviously this is a fictional story, but Ms. McGarry's writing not only made her characters feel real, it immerses her readers into a world that feels absolutely true to life. After finishing this one I just wanted to sit quietly for a bit and think, still wrapped up in the world of the characters Ms. MsGarry created here. Sadly, life has other ideas--no worries, though, because this is definitely one that will go on my keeper shelf and that I'll be bringing out again...and again. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: He must believe there’s nothing in my skull beyond the beginnings of hair follicles. It’s creepy hanging with you… It’s like you’re the Walking Dead. I’m half expecting someone to jump out with a samurai sword and slice out your heart. “I don’t know how to get them to leave me alone.” I pause, then the bitterness leaks out as well as a grim grin. “At least not without a baseball and a well-placed throw. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to continue their genetics.” What does being mature mean? Mature feels an awful lot like being tamed, and so far, I’m not caring for the view from my cage. Andrew and I are barely friends, and most days I lean toward thinking he should be neutered. Drix gives that dog anything he wants. I’m warning you in case you guys grow up, get married and have babies. When the zombie apocalypse happens, he’s saving the dog before he saves any of us. My Review: I was stunned and off-balance by how much I enjoyed this skillfully crafted, engrossing, and heart-squeezing tale. I was immediately sucked in by the engaging storytelling and quick to fall for these enticing and intriguing characters, although I occasionally wanted to give several of them a pop to the back of their head and lock the bratty sister in her room. I very rarely read YA since I don’t like being reminded of those claustrophobic and hopeless feelings due to being powerless to the forces of controlling and cruel adults. But I couldn’t seem to put this one down. Adulting may be hard but it’s ever so sweet to make your own choices once out from under a menacing or suffocating thumb, as was the case for these two diversely different teens. Both were miserable and under intense pressure and scrutiny but had completely dissimilar life experiences. Elle was a naïve and wealthy private school girl who had everything but freewill as she was little more than a trained monkey to her political parents’ dog and pony show. Hendrix was a cynically resigned, street-smart, and overly exposed delinquent fresh out juvenile detention. An unlikely pair who had been forbidden to interact while on the campaign trail, but of course, they meshed and became fast friends who eventually set off fireworks in their nether regions. I sighed with relief at the satisfying conclusion and certainly wouldn’t mind seeing the tale of this ragtag grouping further developed into a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has everything expected from Katie McGarry. She makes you feel and understand from Drix and Elle's standpoint. Drix, recovering from bad decisions, trying to discover who he is. Elle has to played the part of perfect daughter, but not without sacrificing a life she never knew she was sacrificing to begin with. I loved this story, watching how both stories find their way to one another.
AngyP More than 1 year ago
Book Review: 5 Million Stars Say You’ll Remember Me is P E R F E C T I O N ! ! ! I really don’t have words to describe my love for this book. So I decided to share three short quotes that represents my most favorite aspects in this against-all-odds love story. The writing is flawless "She was beautiful. She was poised. She was a cool breeze after a hot humid rain. She was that first ray of sunshine in the dark woods. She was the smell of honeysuckle in bloom. She was the first damn thing that made me forget who I am and what I’ve gotten myself into over the past year. That means she was out of my league." The characters are realistic, lovely and amazing “Elle is a force of nature and the smartest, most articulate and compassionate person I know. Beyond my family, she’s one of the few people who fought for my future, and she’s honestly the only person who truly fought for my innocence. Ellison Monroe saved my life.” The romance is heartwarming "I gently kiss her lips one more time, then pull back. I don’t tell her I love her because my kiss said it all. She doesn’t say it back because the deep blue of her eyes tells me all I need to know." The plotting is original and the ending is everything but I won’t share quotes about them because… SPOILERS!! But let me tell you this, I read Say You’ll Remember Me in 24 hours, I barely slept, or ate, or breath during that period of time: I found myself crying at 3am with the intensity of the story in the end but I didn’t care I was going to be a zombie the next day at work, because, seriously, the ending was EVERYTHING!!! I willing you to go and read this book. If you love YA and even if you don’t, you’ll need to read this book. I assure you’ll love it as much as I do.
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
I don’t read many YA Romances anymore…partially because it’s difficult to connect with the characters and the teenage angst that overwhelms them and partly because I teach high school freshman and have a freshman son of my own, so separating my reality from my reading world can be trying and let’s just say, it frightens me to think about my son experiencing some of the things that YA characters do:/ BUT, if there is one author who I would gladly delve into the hearts and minds of teenage characters, it’s Katie McGarry. She’s an amazing storyteller because she allows her characters’ stories to play out at their own speed, making most of them slow burn kind of reads, which is actually what I would expect from this age group. What I also love about McGarry’s stories is that she constructs characters who are anything but stereotypical. Her heroes and heroines are unique in their struggles, their life experiences, and the way they look at their lives and learn to traverse through the ups and downs that make up their journey. Her characters are also relatable and realistically portrayed…even readers who are so beyond removed from this particular age group can acknowledge the truth behind the characters’ representations and all that they must confront at an age where it’s impossible to truly understand the magnitude of their experiences. Elle and Drix appear to come from two completely different worlds - Elle seems to have a ‘golden’ life, living in luxury and reaping the benefits of her father’s government position while Drix struggles in life, not only because of his conviction for a crime he didn’t commit but also due to how he is viewed as a blight on society. But appearances can be deceiving, so even though everyone around them believes that Elle and Drix have no business being together, the bond that they form and that continually grows is one that refuses to remain idle simply because of people’s biases and misjudgments, and while building a relationship is difficult for them due to outside circumstances and interferences, it’s clear that they’ll fight for what they have, especially because it provides them with a calming presence in the maelstrom of their lives. Drix epitomizes the tortured hero, and rightly so, because he has had to endure much more than the ordinary teenage boy and now that he’s finished paying, albeit somewhat, for a crime he didn’t commit, he now must assimilate back into society, knowing how people judge the young man that he is and struggling to find his footing in a world that has already let him down. McGarry does a fantastic job of allowing readers to clearly see the demons and darkness he struggles with…there is so much self-doubt and fear that affects Drix’s psyche, but when he’s with a certain girl, the negative thoughts quiet and he feels a sense of peace, even if his connection with her would not be well received by society, especially her father. Elle is a strong heroine who looks beyond people’s appearances in order to judge them on their actual worth, and while she takes a few missteps when it comes to her asserting herself and her beliefs to her parents, she refuses to be told how to live her life and her connection with Drix is a lifeline to being the girl…the person she wants to be despite her meddling mother and father. I always get so caught up in the world and characters that Katie McGarry creates, and Say You’ll Remember Be followed that same pattern. I adored Elle and Drix’s story…
StarryEyedNikki More than 1 year ago
***I received an ebook copy from the author at no charge*** Young love is beautiful, and often filled with angst. Katie McGarry captured this perfectly in Say You’ll Remember Me. Hendrix—or Drix, as his friends know him—spent time locked up and in a rehab program for delinquent teens … all for a crime he didn’t commit. Upon his release, he’s asked to be the poster child for the Second Chance Program, having been successfully “rehabilitated.” When he meets Elle, he’s instantly taken aback by everything about her. There’s one problem though, and that’s the fact that she’s the governor’s daughter. The same governor who started up the Second Chance Program that Drix went through. I love diving into a good young adult novel. Say You’ll Remember Me is an amazing YA story, one that perfectly captured how some teens live in a world of naive innocence, while others are faced to launch into adulthood at an early age. McGarry did an amazing job with Drix’s character. I felt a connection to him almost instantly, because even though he’s got a rocky past, he’s honorable and he’s loyal as all get out to his friends and his family. His love for his sister knows no bounds, and the devotion he has to the people who grew up with him, who helped to shape him and make him into who he is, is palpable. These things jumped off the pages at me right away, and I felt like he was such a relatable character. Nobody is perfect, we all have a skeleton or two (or sometimes 10) in our closets, and in Drix’s case, his childhood and the life he was forced to live had a huge impact on who he became and the situations he found himself in. I loved Elle too. At first I was kinda worried that she might be a stereotypical goodie two shoes, stuck up rich girl, but she’s not like that. At all. She’s passionate about the things that interest her, is determined to do whatever she can to help others and change the world, and she has a solid head on her shoulders. The farther I got in the book, the more my heart broke for her because just as in Drix’s case, Elle couldn’t help the family she was born into, and though she has pretty much everything, the things she wants most in life are the things that somehow get held captive from her. I loved the banter between Elle and Drix. Things between them came about so naturally and just felt right. There was chemistry the minute they met, and it only grew in intensity as the story moved on. Watching these two get to know one another was like watching two people pull back onions layer by layer. They were continuously learning something new about one another, surprising one another, and shedding stereotypes left and right. Say You’ll Remember Me moved at a perfect pace. This was a sweet and slow burn, with a forbidden element added to it that only made it better. McGarry put a ton of emotion into this book, and it jumps right off the page and slaps the reader in the face. I often felt like I was watching a movie play out in my head as I was reading, which is one of the key qualities of a good writer in my opinion. And while McGarry could have made this just another angsty teen romance, she put together a unique plot, that had some amazing twists and turns that totally threw me off, but made the story strong. If you’re looking for a good YA read, check out Say You’ll Remember Me. Five stars to this novel!
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
As soon as Katie McGarry's Say You'll Remember Me appeared on my iPad, I threw my other books to the side, put my phone on silent, and dove right in. Over the course of one day I devoured the entire book from start to finish. I honestly don't think I put my iPad down once, that's how dedicated I was to the story. Say You'll Remember Me is enthralling, emotionally driven, and romantic, and I completely loved every single second of it! Drix and Elle are without a doubt my favorite part of Say You'll Remember Me. Both are incredibly realistic, lovable, and relatable. Drix is tough on the surface but a sweetheart deep down. His relationship with his family warmed my heart, and while I couldn't believe he took the fall for something he didn't even do, I gave him major props for doing so. It takes a certain kind of person to put themselves in that position to save a friend/family member. Throughout the book he faces numerous challenges - moving on from his past, not falling back into his old vices, learning how to trust, etc. He has his ups and downs regarding each; however, no matter how tough the times got I didn't once stop rooting for him. I just wanted the best for Drix. I wanted him to be happy and to let love into his life. I'll admit that I was slightly worried about Elle at first. I was scared she would be the typical spoiled rich girl, but as it turns out, my worrying was for nothing. Elle is secret rebel, in my opinion. Over the course of the book, she does a lot of the "wrong" things, and by wrong I mean 100% right. I loved how she would do anything to save a stray animal (the scene with the dog in the hotel was one of my favorites!); however, what I loved the most was how willing she was to take a chance on someone. Over the course of the book, she's constantly told to stay away from Drix, that he isn't the type of boy she should be with; however, Elle won't listen. She won't let her life be controlled in that way. I admired her fearlessness in that regard, especially since I think Drix inspired her to be a better person and vice versa. Her relationship with her parents was incredibly complicated, and to be completely honest, sometimes I truly despised them. Some of their actions blew my mind. While part of me wanted nothing more than for Elle to leave them in the dust, I could understand her reluctance to do so, and I thought Katie did a wonderful job of weaving that into the novel. Just like Katie's past books the romance in Say You'll Remember Me is hot, hot, hot. So much steam. So much banter. So much chemistry. I was on romance book cloud nine. I won't go too much into Drix and Elle's relationship, but I will say Katie did such a fantastic job of developing it. It felt natural and real. I enjoyed the friends-to-lovers angle. In all, Say You'll Remember Me is yet another unforgettable contemporary from Katie. It had such a movie/do-or-die feel, and I just know fans of angsty YA are going to ADORE it. Last but not least: it may only be January, but this book has already earned a spot on my Best of 2018 list.
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
So this book, it wasn’t what I expected. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it like I wanted to either. Thank you Inkslinger PR and Harlequin Teen for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review, and for allowing me a spot on the Review & Excerpt Tour. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars. First off, trigger warnings for mentions of physical abuse, violence, substance abuse, emotional abuse, and some animal cruelty. Second, the first half of the book can be a bit slow, but the second half picks up in pace and drama. I really liked Hendrix’s character, or Drix as he likes to be called. He, and Thor, were probably the highlights of the book for me. He was literally given a second chance, and the guy he turns out to be at the end of the book is so amazing. A little rough around the edges, but with a heart of gold. He’s going on my book boyfriend list without a doubt. That being said, I had some issues with Ellison and her parents. Without going into details and spoiling the book, let’s just say that her parents annoyed me at least 95% of the time. As for Ellison, or Elle as she likes to be called, I know what the author was trying to do, but I felt like I couldn’t connect with her character because she wasn’t her true self half the time. I wanted her to open her eyes and realize what was happening, to not idly stand by, to immerse herself in the world…and she does in the end, but the victory is bittersweet for me. This book does have some romance, but it’s very tame in my opinion. The main focus isn’t on the romance; it’s on these two teens, and the separate paths life took them on until they intersected, thanks to the Second Chance Program. Some parts of the book wounded my heart (in both good and bad ways), but I just couldn’t get over a few of the unrealistic aspects, and the way Elle’s parents were. And for that matter, the way all the parents mentioned in the book were. As for the secondary characters, I really liked Axle, Holiday, and Marcus. I loathed several people (not just Elle’s parents), and if you read this, I feel like you’ll have similar feelings. Give this book a try if you don’t mind something a little darker, but be prepared for good and bad feels towards characters!
KittyKat4 More than 1 year ago
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* *Actual Rating 4.5/5 stars* Wow what a great read! I loved both of the main characters Elle and Hendrix, or Drix for short, as they were likeable and realistic. At times Elle did come across as a bit spoilt, and could be annoying, but all in all she came across as an authentic teenager albeit a privileged one. The glimpse into American society and the intricacy of politics was also intriguing especially since many people, myself included, live a sheltered life hidden from the brutal reality many people who are disadvantaged face. The exploration of family was also really well executed with the author not only questioning how family is defined but also the lengths that we would go to protect our loved ones. Finally, on a lighter note, the romance was really sweet and Drix and Elle's development as a couple was fun to read about. All in all this was an exciting read with some plot twists, a cute romance and dealing with some contemporary issues.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry is a YA story focusing on Hendrix "Drix" Pierce and Ellison "Elle" Monroe. These are two people from completely different home lives. Drix lives with his older half-brother and younger half-sister, there is chaos and a history that shadows Drix as to who actually committed the crime he was sent away for. Elle lives in a seemingly normal family, but the need to show a perfect front because of her father's campaign's is its own strain and her seemingly supportive parents come across as more self serving that loving, for all that the profess their love and best intentions for her. The dynamic between Elle and Drix is nice. It's one of those where the two people just click, even if outwardly they shouldn't. It is kind of a lesson of not judging a book by its cover. Both of them are trying to find themselves, but are lost for different reasons. They give each other a different point of reference outside of their normal world, which helps them grow more in an oddly freer manner. Since the book is written from their perspectives, you get a lot of their internal debates and thoughts, which is really what made Say You'll Remember Me seem more real. Overall I recommend Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry, it was not just a romantic tale between two high school students from different sides of the tracks, it was deeper, thoughtful, and more complex. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)