“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.
SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018.
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Say You’ll Remember Me is the next book of Katie McGarry. I’ve known this author from her Pushing The Limits series and Thunder Road series.
Overall impression: magnificent book, it’s going to be on my Top 10 of the year.
When I started reading the first chapter I got hooked. This book is about more than just a love story between two teens with complicated lives. The amount of topics dealt could have been overwhelming and make the reader get lost but Katie McGarry did a perfect job, explaining and describing what needed and leaving open windows, basically what happens in real life. Some of those topics are: crime, politics, abuse, drugs, family, poverty, love, etc. I’m in awe with her work.
About the characters, there are a lot that I’d like to mention so I’m going to make a list and comment a bit:
Hendrix: male main character, prime example of how a teenager that grew in a bad environment and made mistakes had a second chance in life and become one of the best YA lead roles I’ve read about.
Ellison: what I thought would be a vulnerable, timid girl with 0 knowledge of the world turn out to be a strong, intelligent, courageous girl with so much to learn but with will-power to do whatever she wants.
Axle: how a big brother should behave.
Holiday: life has been harsh with her but she has to grow up a lot (a bit argh at times).
Dominic: at first I didn’t know what to think about him, but he would take a seat in your heart and never leave it.
Kellen: adorable, and more than meet the eye.
Elle’s parents: ‘too perfect’ you can see they truly love their daughter but they are so overprotective. Also, they are a good example of politics and how it’s more important their exterior than what they’re saying.
Henry: good support for Elle, he shows her a different reality.
The entire crew was a perfect assemble that make the book stand as one of my favorites for this year (and it’s just starting) but the way this woman can write about 17 and 18 year-olds it’s amazing.
I love when young people are shown with their flaws and virtues, when they are and behave like real teenagers. From their everyday problems to what are they going to do with their lives and most importantly (and a question everyone should have in different stages of life) Who Am I? Because it’s okay if you don’t know who you are at 18. It’s okay to make mistakes (not crimes) and fail because we are imperfect and should be granted a second, third and even fourth chance.
To sum up (because this review is way too long), Say You’ll Remember Me is a must read this year, totally recommended.
Ps.: I hope and wish that this becomes a series because I need Dominic, Axle, Holiday, Kellen and Marcus to tell their own story.
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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.