Review + Giveaway: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Katie McGarry's new release, SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME! I truly loved Drix and Elle's story and I'm excited to be taking part in the release of this heartfelt and emotional novel. See the SYNOPSIS, check out my REVIEW, enjoy the EXCERPT, and don't forget the GIVEAWAY down below!


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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M Y  T H O U G H T S

As the governor’s daughter, Elle lives with constant pressure. The pressure of public scrutiny and the pressure from her parents to always be the best. Their expectations only increase when she agrees to help her father campaign for senator. With every new demand and the push to do better and be better, Elle is buckling under strain.

“I have three minutes until I have to pretend in public 
that the last few minutes didn’t come close to breaking me.” - Elle

Drix was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and is returning home after almost a year away. He’s no longer the guy who got drunk, got high, and used his fists when angry. The problem is, he doesn’t know who he is now or where to go from here. Now the face of the governor’s Second Chance Program, Drix is forced into a role he never wanted.

“What type of man am I going to be? 
That’s the question. 
That’s always the question.” - Drix

Drix and Elle may have come from different worlds but on the inside they are both struggling to find their own way. Elle is chafing at her parent’s control and the knowledge that their love seems to come with strings attached. Drix confessed to a crime he didn’t commit to protect his family, but he’s come home to a new set of problems and an uncertain future. As they spend time together on the campaign trail they both find what they need most: total acceptance. But in the eyes of the world around them, Elle is the pretty and poised media darling and Drix is the guy with a criminal record from the wrong side of the tracks. Neither wants to walk away from the one person with whom they can be their best selves.


It’s no secret that when it comes to contemporary YA, Katie McGarry is at the top of my list. She consistently delivers characters that I come to know and love and stories that have an emotional impact. My heart ached for Elle and it broke for Drix. Elle perfected smiling on the outside while screaming on the inside for the chance to simply be herself. She’s also looking at her parents with new eyes and questioning if they are the people she has always thought them to be. McGarry gave an achingly realistic portrayal of Elle’s perception of her father go from hero worship to the understanding that he was all too human and flawed. In Drix, McGarry created a sensitive, mature young man who was loving and loyal despite a childhood deprived of caring parents or a sense of stability. My heart broke again and again for Drix as he struggled to find his place at home and a new sense of self. While riddled with guilt and pain over his past, he showed who he had become with every selfless decision and every act of redemption.

“It’s an awful place to be, the person responsible for someone else’s happiness, 
because being human, we’re going to fail. And by being human, 
we’ll take the lashing when we never meet expectations.” - Drix

I could rhapsodize about my feelings for these two special characters and how well they supported and comforted and championed one another. And I could go on and on about my love for the richly drawn cast of secondary characters, particularly Drix’s family and friends, that added insight and drama and humor. Instead, I’ll simply tell you that Katie McGarry has once again created an unputdownable story with real heart. 
Say You’ll Remember Me is not to be missed.


E X C E R P T

~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 fa├žade on the outside. On the inside, I’m a house of cards teetering on a bad foundation. 


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Katie McGarry Bio: 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, NOWHERE BUT HERE and WALK THE EDGE 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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22 comments

  1. I totally agree with you. In fact, as I've been thinking about the book more and more, I'm thinking of edging my review up to the full 5 stars (which I rarely do). I feel like this book had so much depth to it!

    I love your graphic, by the way. I think you captured the book perfectly!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I just realized I neglected to add a star rating to the review but, like you, I keep wavering between 4.5 and 5 stars. I wouldn't say this is my favorite by McGarry, but I was so incredibly invested in Drix and Elle's stories and Drix in particular just had my heart hurting again and again.

      And thanks for the compliment on the graphic! :) I don't do them often but it's fun when I really have a strong visual in mind for the characters and story.

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  2. You don't see books often where it's the girl who is more privileged than the guy (in books where it's about a pair who are from different worlds), so this book literally caught my attention immediately. Great review!

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    1. Thanks Anne! Katie McGarry is a favorite so I never miss one of her new releases. :)

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  3. I just read another review that said this was fabulous. I really want to push this to the top of my TBR--so, I can finally enjoy a Katie McGarry book!

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    1. When it comes to YA contemporary, Katie McGarry is IT for me. Her characters are just so authentic and I'm sold on the stories every time. This would be a good one to start with. Or Pushing the Limits.

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  4. I really need to read something else by Katie McGarry. I have only read one and I enjoyed it so I don't know why I haven't picked up more. Glad you enjoyed this Great review!!

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    1. Thanks Grace. I have a bad habit of setting aside or saving books that I want to read, but I never do that with Katie McGarry. I read her new releases immediately. She's just that good. :)

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  5. I want to read this so bad, I think I requested it on NG but I'm not sure, it sounds so good though!

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    1. McGarry is one of the few not-to-be-missed authors for me. I've read them all and she's never let me down.

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  6. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

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  7. Aw, I totally love stories like this. Great review Tanya!

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    1. Thanks Aleen! This one was definitely a winner. :)

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  8. OMG! Your mood board is per-fect! You did such a good job capturing the feel of the book. I am also a Katie McG fangirl, so had to read this. I was so won over by the characters. Drix, Elle, her cousin, his "family" -- they were all so fantastic and well formed. Great review!

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    1. Well thanks! :) I don't do those for every review (obviously!) but sometimes if I really enjoyed the book (and I feel like investing the time LOL) I have fun putting them together. Drix's family was definitely one of my favorite aspects of the book.

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  9. Now I've got Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift stuck in my head, lol. I haven't read much of Katie McGarry's books but I do know she writes really good YA contemporary. I'm really excited about this one though. The cover is all types of gorgeous. That mood board is bomb af too! <3

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. When it comes to YA contemporary, I want it done like Katie McGarry does it. I'm not a big fan of the cutesy/sweet style (Jenny Han, etc). I like more gritty realism and Katie does it so well. And I agree, the cover is awesome! Thanks Blessie!

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  10. I've heard wonders about this book! Innocent people in prison is always so devastating! and there is complex family dynamics and politics and it you make the characters sound so good Tanya! This is a winner!

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    1. Thanks, Daniela! Katie McGarry never disappoints me. She always delivers great characters and highlights social issues - without it becoming an "issue" book, if that makes sense. Love her!

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  11. Love, love, love the aesthetics! I could totally see them all looking like that. Poor Thor was actually my favorite part of the book... but I so agree about acceptance being what they both needed! ♥️

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    1. Thanks Dani! I have fun putting together those graphics (I've seen some people call them mood boards) for books I really enjoyed.

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