Title: Say You’ll Remember Me
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Synopsis: 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 was the first book I ever picked up by Katie McGarry and I’m so glad I did. She’s now a favorite contemporary author and someone I would buy everything from! Since this was my first Katie McGarry book, I was sure what to expect from it, but it was such a pleasant surprise. I was captivated by the characters and the story from the very beginning.
“I’m just a girl on a midway, he’s just a boy on a midway, and not everything has to end like a daydream.”
I was all about Hendrix as soon as he was introduced in the story. I had a feeling there was more to his story and wow, was I right. He spent the prior year serving time for a crime he didn’t commit, which was robbing a liquor store. But Hendrix has the opportunity for a second chance. The Second Chance Program that’s being spearheaded by the governor is a chance for the slate to be wiped clean for Hendrix. The press conference takes place during the May Fest in Louisville and this is where Hendrix and Ellison meet.
This by chance meeting changes so much for both of them. Neither of them knows who the other is and since the story is told in dual perspectives, you’re able to get inside both of their head’s to see them realizing who the other is. Not only is Hendrix the face of the Second Chance Program, Ellison is the daughter of the governor who’s spearheading the program.
They shouldn’t even be friends, but fate definitely had other plans for them!
I loved that even though these two characters were from opposite worlds, they clicked so well. As the two of them spent more and more time together, they became good friends that felt very natural. I loved that they were so brutally honest with each other and that every time there was scenes with them together, I just found myself smiling and laughing.
“What is this, Drix?” I whisper. “What is this between us?”
“I don’t know,” he says against by neck. “But I’m not ready to let it go yet.”
While this story had so many happy moments that had me smiling, laughing, and loving every moment, there were also moment in the story that broke my heart. As the pages passed by and more and more happened, we learned more about their lives and about their past. The struggles that they went through and the betrayal that they dealt with just hurt my heart so much.
“As much as I want nothing more than to be around you, as much as I want to touch you and kiss you and hear your laughter and your voice, I can’t. You and me – it can’t happen. Not in public. Not in private. I lost one year of my life, and I can’t lose any more.”
The dual perspective I mentioned earlier is definitely one of my favorite things to get in stories. I love being able to get the perspective of more than just one of the characters. I feel like it makes the story feel natural.
Say You’ll Remember Me is an amazing story of love, friendship, redemption, fighting for what you believe in, and so much more. It’s one of my absolute favorites of 2018 and I can’t wait to read even more from Katie McGarry!