Katie McGarry brings up issues and makes you think about them in a way you never thought of before: ARC REVIEW, BLOG TOUR, and EXCERPT for Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

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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Excerpt:

~Hendrix~

Holiday smacks my arm and wrath owns her eyes. “Why didn’t you talk to her?”

I glance around at my family—Axle, Holiday, my best friend, Dominic, and his younger sister, Kellen.  I’m searching for at least one of them to have my back and tell her to step off, but instead they’re curious for the answer. Even Axle’s giving me a questioning gaze, and the last thing my womanizing brother deserves is an explanation from me in my decisions regarding women.

Last time I was home, his reputation was as bad as Dad’s, minus the progeny. There are three siblings in this family, and we have three different birth mothers. Dad not only didn’t know how to use a condom, but he didn’t know how to stay true to one woman.

“I talked to her.”

My younger sister throws her arms out and drops her voice to what I’m assuming is to mimic me, but I don’t sound like an idiot. “You’re good at this.” She resumes her normal tone which is entering high-pitched. “Seriously? That’s all you’ve got? Did you get some sort of amoeba that eats your brain while hanging out in juvie?”

I fold my arms over my chest and wonder if my sister can read pissed-off body language.

“You can still catch the girl and talk to her,” Holiday continues, proving she doesn’t care I’m silently informing her to quit. “Don’t make me chase her for you because that would be embarrassing. Embarrassing for you. Not me. I’ll have to tell her you sent me, and because you’re a wuss, I’ll have to ask her out for you like we’re in sixth grade.”

I find myself missing the middle of nowhere. Trees, bonfires, mosquitos, mud, bears…. company that didn’t talk.

“She’s out of my league.” I haven’t spoken truer words in months. 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.

Granted, she was out of my league before I was arrested. Everything from her manicured nails, to her brand-name clothes, to her high-end purse, to the way she held herself said she was about a hundred times higher on the social and economic spectrum than me, but the person I was before would have made the play because I was smooth—just like my father.

“She is not out of your league.” Holiday hounds me. “She smiled at you. I know when a girl likes what she sees, and she liked what she saw in you.”

Tension builds in my neck. Yeah, the girl smiled, but she didn’t know what she was smiling at. I’m a pretty façade on the outside. On the inside, I’m a house of cards teetering on a bad foundation.

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My Review:

Katie McGarry did it again! She hit me right in the feels with Say You’ll Remember Me and it was oh so good! I have read both the Pushing the Limits series and the Thunder Road series from this same author, and she just has a way of writing some powerful stories that make you think. She brings up issues and makes you think about them in a way you never thought of before. I struggle reading YA contemporary a lot, but I never struggle with Katie McGarry.

The Story. We open up with Hendrix, Drix, returning home after seven months in juvie and three months hiking in the woods. He has no idea who he is now and doesn’t know how to move on without knowing the truth about what happened the night he was arrested. Elle is helping out on her fathers campaign trail and slowly losing herself to the expectations her parents are placing on her. She has dreams of her own that she wants to pursue, but her parents think they know what is best for her. They have a chance meeting at a fair and neither realize that they are starcrossed from the moment they meet. I thought this book was very well written and had a great flow to it. We are inside both Drix and Elle’s heads which I absolutely loved. This powerful story talks about fighting for the truth and for whats right in a world where those things are not valued. It talks about the school-to-prison pipeline and the consequences it has on those who live in poverty. It talks about the age old trope of rich girl meets poor boy and they fall in love despite everything around them. It talks of hope and first loves and fighting for people no matter the cost. I absolutely loved this book and the messages it had to give. I learned a lot in this book and I highly recommend it. I forgot to mention the other element I loved in this book was the sense of family and the secondary characters. They had a huge role in bringing this book to life.

Elle. Elle is an extremely strong heroine whose impulsiveness can lead her into trouble. She is an idealist who wants to give voice to the voiceless and fight for whats right, especially when it comes to Drix. She’s he person who saves the starving dog digging for food in the trash even though her parents yell at her to not bring home anymore strays. I loved Elle’s fire and her sweet. I loved her take charge, give no fucks attitude. I love her for breaking the chains her parents were slowly suffocating her with and the courage it took to stand up to them. I feel like Elle is an important character for young girls and women to read about. She was fearless and I admire her.

Drix. This man. I can’t even talk about him without tearing up a little. Dix is one of the most selfless characters I have ever read. Yeah, he might have made mistakes in his past and her might have been a selfish asshole before being arrested, but the man he came out was a man that any dad would love to date his daughter. Dix is respectful and protective and sweet and vulnerable. He is fighting to find out who he is and is terrified of becoming the man he was in his past. Elle came into his life and he started smiling and laughing again. He is one of those guys who is willing to take the fall so others don’t have to suffer.

I highly highly recommend this story to those who love: young adult, contemporary, romance, underdogs, fighting for whats right, and powerful stories.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★

 

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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.

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