Published by Harlequin TEEN on January 30th 2018
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new 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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When I hear the name Katie McGarry, I get excited. I don’t need to see a cover, I don’t need to read a blurb, I don’t need to know character names. I simply want the book. And this is how it’s always been when it comes to this author, because she’s not only one of my favourites, but she’s simply amazing at what she does and what she can create. So when given the chance to read Say You’ll Remember Me, of course I jumped on that opportunity.
I think Drix was a truly fantastic character. Sure, his time away would’ve definitely helped to develop this but he was aware of his issues and what triggered them. He knew what he needed to do to start over and gain access to the future he wanted. Plus, the relationship between his family and friends was so strong, it gave an excellent foundation. He worked extremely hard to become a better person, and it showed in all aspects of his life.
Opening this novel, he quotes creates an exciting dynamic between Drix and his family, leaving the reader unsure of what to think. From here we go into the Midway where he meets Elle, and it truly is a beautiful moment. You can see how unsure he is but what Elle brings out in him. This lays the groundwork for an exciting novel and it was fantastic to see how e characters grew throughout.
I love how Katie McGarry books have a strong theme attached and I feel like it’s always an important one. In Say You’ll Remember Me, the idea of second chances is explored. How your past doesn’t have to dictate your future and how people can change. It’s not an easy journey, and this story leaves no room for sugar coating. I liked how Drix had to work tooth and nail for everything he did achieve. But I think even the idea of giving people a second chance is one we don’t look upon enough as a society and it’s refreshing to see this pointed out. Drix can be better and so can we.
I will comment though that I thought the romance wasn’t as developed in this book as some of McGarry’s other work. There were a few moments that I loved, but others seemed to be lacking. And I get it, it’s a YA book with a lot of other things got in and that’s not the focus, but I felt like it was kind of pushed to the wayside and stayed there for most of the book.
One thing I did notice about Say You’ll Remember Me is that there were several ideas or thoughts that were extremely repetitive. Whether it was just the general gist or the actual words, many things were explained or told many, many times and I was over that pretty quick. I get the pipeline strategy and why it’s important, let’s move on. I understand that Drix is dealing with anger, but we don’t need to know what his therapist said to him every time he gets emotional. The drums and how it gives him a high that he can’t risk. Or even Ellison’s overbearing parents where all she was allowed to do was stand there and look pretty. I know this is all happening. But I don’t need to read about it four, five, or six times within the span of a few hundred pages.
Along with the repetitive stance, Elle’s parents really annoyed me. And it was even more frustrating that she couldn’t see how manipulative and controlling they were being. They were extremely overbearing, condescending, and overall not nice to their daughter. But she still worshipped them. Wolves in sheets clothing is the best way I can think of it. Plus the failure angle here was really strong. No matter what she did, her parents made her believe that she was either flakey or a failure, and she believed it. I think this took over a bit too much of the book and I couldn’t wait for these issues to be over.
The last ten percent or so of this book I though was really well done. It was fast paced and exciting all while being suspenseful and keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. Perhaps a bit more emotional than I would’ve liked (because OMG no!) but all in all its a good ending and I’m glad how the book was all tied together.
Well it’s not my favourite book by this author, all in all it is a good book. Really, any of her books are good. If you like young adult books with strong themes and morals, be sure to check this author out.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.