Say You'll Remember Me
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.

Say You'll Remember Me Details

TitleSay You'll Remember Me
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
ISBN-139780373212378
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Say You'll Remember Me Review

  • Samantha Young
    January 1, 1970
    *received an arc from KM*Elle and Drix were so vibrant I swear I forgot I was reading about fictional characters. I ached for them, I cried for them, and I cheered them on from beginning to end. Authentic, edgy, and fraught with realistic, heartfelt conflict and romantic tension, Say You’ll Remember Me is a fantastic coming of age story and now on my favorites shelf for good!
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  • thebookbitch
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot believe I have to wait until 2018 to have this one in my hands. Katie McGarry is without a doubt one of my favourite YA Contemporary writers.
  • rin (lorenzo)
    January 1, 1970
    STANDING IN A NICE DRESS STARING AT THE SUNSET BABE
  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this one a lot!!!! I love Katie McGarry's books and never feel disappointed by them. This one is no different! It's a quick read and an easy escape from reality. Cannot wait for her next release. A must-read!!!
  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this story and Drix might be one of my favorites now...It has been a while since I have read anything by Katie McGarry and Say You’ll Remember Me reminded me of why I love her books so much. On our last podcast with Swoony Boys, Kass mentioned how much she loved this book so I pushed it up on my TBR. Once I started, I found myself unwilling to put this down (unfortunately my work life didn’t really agree with me on this) and couldn’t wait to find out what happened with these characters, El Loved this story and Drix might be one of my favorites now...It has been a while since I have read anything by Katie McGarry and Say You’ll Remember Me reminded me of why I love her books so much. On our last podcast with Swoony Boys, Kass mentioned how much she loved this book so I pushed it up on my TBR. Once I started, I found myself unwilling to put this down (unfortunately my work life didn’t really agree with me on this) and couldn’t wait to find out what happened with these characters, Elle and Drix, whose lives couldn’t have been more different. Elle is the governor’s daughter and she knows she is lucky to have the things she has but sometimes she just wants to do what she wants without the expectations and pressure that comes along with being who she is. She would also like to be free to do the things she loves, not what her parents believe is right. I have to say I was frustrated with Elle sometimes and it was more around how much she let her parents control her and dictate almost everything in her life from her hair color and contact color to what classes she could take. Drix on the other hand, doesn’t have much materially but he has his brother, sister, and friends. Drix spent most of his time drinking, getting high, making music, and chasing after girls but after having been convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit, he knows he needed to change and he takes this for the wakeup call he needed. Now that he is out, Drix is willing to do whatever he needs to in order to get his life back on track and that includes becoming the poster boy for the Second Chance Program. This program is the governor’s newest project to rehabilitate delinquents and Drix isn’t going to do anything to ruin his chance for a clean start. He completely changed who he was while he was away and if the program will help him get into the music school he wants to get into, he knows he can change his life.When Elle and Drix meet, they have no clue who the other is, and I loved how McGarry introduced them to each other. I also loved how McGarry developed the friendship / relationship between them. It starts out with a chance meeting at a fair and slowly becomes more and it felt real. Of course, they are attracted to each other but because they are traveling together (with the governor) they start to spend time together and really get to know each other. I love that Drix specifically calls out that he likes the “real” Elle more than that perfect version her mother is creating and encourages her to wear her glasses and be who she wants to be.The other part of this story that I really enjoyed was the tie to family. Drix obviously didn’t have the best role models with his parents and he has restructured his definition of family to revolve around his brother, sister, and friends. And they truly are a family – they care about each other and support each other in all the ways a family would/should. When Drix goes away, he knows someone in his circle let him take the fall and when he comes back, he has a hard time being ok and trusting those he isn’t sure of, and that includes his sister and his best friend.On the other hand, Elle loves her parents and knows they love her, but they are super controlling and didn’t really support her in the things she wanted for herself…they just wanted her to be what they wanted her to be. Throughout the story I could feel her frustration, but she always fell back to the idea that they were doing the things they did out of love and protection. She trusted her parents to always do the right thing and unfortunately, she learns that they don’t. In the end, this is more than just a good girl falls for the bad boy story. Elle’s optimism and desire to do what’s right is threaded throughout everything she does and Drix’s desire to be better than he was are what move this story forward and kept me turning the pages. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I think if you are a fan of McGarry’s other books, you will really like this one. She does a fantastic job of highlighting the challenges that the “have nots” face as well as showing that just because someone’s life looks perfect on the outside, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it truly is. If you are looking for a story that has well developed characters, a fantastic story, and of course, swoons, you should check this one out. As always, I am looking forward to whatever McGarry puts out next. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy!
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  • Eden Grey
    January 1, 1970
    As I expected of Katie McGarry, this book was fantastic. If you're a fan of her books, this one will not disappoint! If you've never read a book by Katie, this is also a great one to start with - honestly! SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME is the story of 2 Kentucky teens with very different lives - Elle is the Governor's daughter and Drix just got out of juvie. They feel an instant connection the first time they meet at a county fair - an intense, blazing, unquestionable connection. If insta-love isn't yo As I expected of Katie McGarry, this book was fantastic. If you're a fan of her books, this one will not disappoint! If you've never read a book by Katie, this is also a great one to start with - honestly! SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME is the story of 2 Kentucky teens with very different lives - Elle is the Governor's daughter and Drix just got out of juvie. They feel an instant connection the first time they meet at a county fair - an intense, blazing, unquestionable connection. If insta-love isn't your thing, deal with it and read this anyway - Katie McGarry does insta-love the right way. Elle and Drix definitely spark a connection, but it doesn't smolder into outright romance; not right away. They spend more time together, become friends, and over time their relationship gradually develops into something more. But that is something Elle's parents will not approve of, and it could put Drix's livelihood in jeopardy as well. With great drama, authentic dialogue, witty characters, and a whole lot of feels, SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME is a powerful story not just of romance, but of social issues like race, wealth, poverty, etc. It also takes a hard look at the justice system and how it treats young people. If you're looking for a good romance, a book about contemporary youth in Kentucky, or you're a die-hard Katie McGarry fan, pick up this book! You'll love it!
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  • kerrycat
    January 1, 1970
    Good girl, bad boy - yes, those high school romances might seem to be a dime a dozen but when it comes to the best, it's hard to beat my girl Katie McGarry. This one comes pretty close to beating out my favorites - Crash into You, Long Way Home, and Chasing Impossible. I hope this becomes another great series, considering the wonderful family of characters introduced here, along with the impossible romance between Elle and Drix.Oh, I must say I was thrilled with the mention of a Zamboni. I am a Good girl, bad boy - yes, those high school romances might seem to be a dime a dozen but when it comes to the best, it's hard to beat my girl Katie McGarry. This one comes pretty close to beating out my favorites - Crash into You, Long Way Home, and Chasing Impossible. I hope this becomes another great series, considering the wonderful family of characters introduced here, along with the impossible romance between Elle and Drix.Oh, I must say I was thrilled with the mention of a Zamboni. I am a little obsessed with Zambonis so that didn't hurt at all.
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  • Jeraca
    January 1, 1970
    I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Drix took the fall for a crime he didn't commit, and now, 1 year later, he is a changed man. Through the governor's program, the Second Chance Program, he really has changed his ways. Before he was following the path of his father, high all of the time, drinking excessively, playing in a band that was a bad influence, and he was falling apart. He was only wanting to escape the pressures of life, but now that he has I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Drix took the fall for a crime he didn't commit, and now, 1 year later, he is a changed man. Through the governor's program, the Second Chance Program, he really has changed his ways. Before he was following the path of his father, high all of the time, drinking excessively, playing in a band that was a bad influence, and he was falling apart. He was only wanting to escape the pressures of life, but now that he has gone through this rehabilitation program, Drix wants more for himself and his family. He wants to fight his way to succeed and make something of his life. When he sees a cute girl getting harassed by college guys, Drix decides to help her. Before he would have fought the other two boys for being jerks, but now he just made sure to keep by Elle's side and that the college guys got the message to leave her alone. What Drix didn't know was he was protecting the governor's daughter, Ellison, and putting himself in her life in a way he never thought could be possible. Because the governor is essential his new "boss" and Drix definitely isn't good enough to be with the governor's daughter, as an ex-criminal (to the public eye, at least). Elle is so tired of everyone treating her differently. If it's not the admiration she gets from her thousands of fans on social media, then it's harassment like what she is going through at the fair. All she wants to do is play Wack-A-Mole. Why can't a girl play a game in peace, without someone ruining her alone time?!When she gets saved by the boy that she has heard her father talk about, she wasn't expecting to be so attracted to him. But she is, and she knows that her father would never let her be with him. Even them being friends is not good enough for her father, and since he is in the process of being re-elected for a higher slot, Elle cannot make any mistakes to ruin his election. Elle has always been harshly criticized by her parents. She needs to be perfect, because she is representing her father. And now, she is taking a larger part of her fathers election campaign, so she really needs to do everything right on par. But when Elle is with Drix, she can be her true self. She doesn't have to worry about what the media or what her family will say, she just DOES. Her smiles and laughs are completely pure - no forcefulness behind them. Sadly they can't be together, or else it will ruin her father's program and his campaign for election. But when the real criminal who framed Drix is revealed, both Drix and Elle are going to have to figure out what is the most important thing in the life and make a decision on what they are going to do, because no matter which choice they make, it will destroy something else that means the world to them. I love Katie McGarry. All of her books are superb and she always gets me feeling so many emotions. This book was just as amazing as her other ones, and I'm so glad I got an eARC!Drix is a great guy. Sure, he was a terrible person a year ago, but he has changed and now he knows that he cannot be that guy anymore. Not because he is being watched by the media, but because that guy was going nowhere and Drix wants more for himself, and for his younger sister who was starting to follow his path. So everything he does, every decision he has to make, has it's toll on him. He is so guarded, because he knows how terrible life can be, and he won't get his hopes up, just to have them be crushed over and over. But with Elle, he starts to hope, and it is the most beautiful thing to read about. Seeing him open up to Elle is amazing and it makes the reader see just how much he wants to be the best person he can be. And poor Elle. I feel so much for her. Seriously, I don't know how she let her parents control her life the way they were. Her parents should be so ashamed at how they treated her because Elle is just a teenager. She is not the run running for any political chair, and she should be able to live her life like a normal teenager, instead of being the perfect person. I guess that appearances mean everything, but there has to be a limit on how to treat someone, and her parents crossed it way over too many times. I loved seeing Elle do the things that she wanted to do. It broke my heart in the scene where Drix is teaching Elle how to play an instrument, and she was too scared to touch any of them, because the last time she did at a political event, her mother slapped her hands and yelled at her. The memory of that time made Elle never want to touch another musical instrument again, and watching her mentally struggle when Drix was making her play was heartbreaking. Drix and Elle are so good for each other, but they let other things in their life stop them from doing what they want to do, so having them together was great for the self confidence. And the story about Thor, their dog, literally broke my heart. I was sobbing and remembering memories of the same thing that I went through, so McGarry definitely knew what would really connect with readers. This was an amazing novel and I'm so glad that I got a chance to read this. I know that all of Katie McGarry's fans will love it, and even newbies to McGarry will fall in love with this hearbreakingly, but inspiring novel about second chances.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I love Katie McGarry's books and this one was no different! Seriously, if you're a fan of hers, you should definitely be excited about this book! I loved the overall messages of being true to yourself and learning who you are and helping those who need it. Warning --->(view spoiler)[ If you don't like it when an animal is killed, you might have a hard time with this one. It's a small part but definitely emotional. (hide spoiler)]I'm going to hide the rest because I'm worried it might be a lit I love Katie McGarry's books and this one was no different! Seriously, if you're a fan of hers, you should definitely be excited about this book! I loved the overall messages of being true to yourself and learning who you are and helping those who need it. Warning --->(view spoiler)[ If you don't like it when an animal is killed, you might have a hard time with this one. It's a small part but definitely emotional. (hide spoiler)]I'm going to hide the rest because I'm worried it might be a little too early for a fulll review. (view spoiler)[I really loved Drix and I really loved watching the relationship develop between him and Elle. It felt more natural than some other relationships that happen in YA books so it was nice to see them actually spending time together and talking and learning about each other while also being attracted to each other without just jumping right into a relationship or insta-love or anything like that. It was a nice change and I really enjoyed getting to experience that part of their relationship. I wish I had loved Elle more than I did. She was very naive and trusting and spineless when it came to her parents and I had a really hard time getting behind a lot of the things her parents were making her do and didn't understand why she wasn't asking more questions earlier. I also thought the coding thing was a little random and wish I had felt more of a passion from her for it because it almost felt like just something she wanted to try rather than an actual life goal for her. Which in turn made it hard to understand why she cared so much about the program. But that wasn't a huge deal for me, just something that felt a little off. I also enjoyed watching both of them learning who they are. (view spoiler)[ For Drix it was all about who he was on the other side of the program and without the drugs and drinking and fighting from before he was arrested and how to fit back into his life without falling back into the bad behavior. And for Elle it was all about discover who she was apart from her parents and making her own choices and what was important to her outside of her dad's campaign and finally learning that being herself and not always perfect was actually better (hide spoiler)]. And I of course loved that they saw such greatness in each other even though they were so different and without being insanely over-the-top cheesy.Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I loved Drix and his friends and family. I loved the way they all came back together and seeing all of their transitions after Drix came home from his program. I loved how Elle really seemed to want to help people and change the world and her optimism and hard work. I also loved how these characters highlighted the problems within our justice system and how hard it came be for people who can't afford their own lawyers and how much help teens need when their home lives are unstable and insecure. I think Katie McGarry did a really great job showing what the cycle actually looks like and how many privileged people don't see how hard it is to break. (hide spoiler)]In the end, I really loved this book and think it's a great one for people who are already fans of McGarry's and a really good place for people to jump in who haven't read any of her books yet. It felt a little less dramatic than some of her others and talked about some really important issues. And if you like swoony romances, this is definitely a good one!
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    *Arc received from NetGalley* I really just need to start this review off with a sigh of disappointment... also one of happiness because I finally got through this book. When I first read Katie McGarry’s series Pushing the Limits I was super confused and disappointed because I had heard nothing but good things about it and I hated 90% of it. After that, I did not plan to read any more of her books, but she had a new series (The Thunder Road series) and I thought I would at least give it a try, a *Arc received from NetGalley* I really just need to start this review off with a sigh of disappointment... also one of happiness because I finally got through this book. When I first read Katie McGarry’s series Pushing the Limits I was super confused and disappointed because I had heard nothing but good things about it and I hated 90% of it. After that, I did not plan to read any more of her books, but she had a new series (The Thunder Road series) and I thought I would at least give it a try, and if I didn’t like the first book, I wouldn’t continue. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad (not fantastic, but I at least enjoyed the series) so I figured that hey, Katie was growing as an author, and if the trend follows, Say You’ll Remember Me should be amazing. Well, that obviously was not the case. I feel like I should have liked this book at least a little bit, but there was just something about the beginning that threw it off for me to the point where I was not enjoying it at all. It got to the point where I didn’t like any of the characters, and I just wanted to put the book down. In fact, I did end up putting it down so I could get to another book, and I did not want to pick it back up. I am really stubborn and just wanted to get through it, so I pushed myself to start it again where I left off and did my best to push my way through it. Going back in after separating myself for a while helped because I forgot most of the things that I didn’t like in the beginning, so that anger at me not liking the book was gone, but I also didn’t care about any of the characters when I went back in. I felt nothing for the book and nothing for the character (well, I ended up getting annoyed and disliked them once again after a while the second time I went into this book, so I guess I ended up feeling SOMETHING eventually), which sucks because I wanted to like this book. Overall, I didn’t think it was horrible, in fact I think there are other people who will enjoy it if they liked her other series and that is fine, but it just did not do it for me, and I think this might be the last Katie McGarry book I give a chance to.
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