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!
“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.
Most of you have followed my blog for a while and know that I love Katie McGarry.
Being chosen to read and review this book made me so happy beyond words.
Katie has a way of writing that never disappoints. While I have read a few books these past few weeks, I haven't really read anything that made me sigh and close my eyes at the end....until THIS BOOK!!
What I love is that the story sucked me right in.
Drix is an interesting character.
He went to jail for a crime he did not commit.
He went into the Governors second chance program and he changed while he was there.
He is from the wrong side of town and did things many teens do with little to no supervision but after being away from his family and the program he doesn't ever want to be there again, so he is doing everything he can to stay on the right path.
I loved how much he loves his family and friends.
Elle is the complete opposite.
She has the perfect clothes, words, and family.
After all, she is the Governors daughter.
To the outside world, she is perfect but if they don't know how controlling her parents are and what it takes to maintain the illusion of perfection.
I felt bad for her because she has her sights set on something but her parents push her towards something else.
I know parents can be unbearable sometimes but damn people need to let their kids pursue their passions but that is what I love about this book, it has real-life aspects sprinkled in that makes one connect with the characters.
I love that even though Drix and Elle are from different backgrounds they are both trying to find their way in life, and really isn't that every teenager?
There were moments in this book that made me mad, sad and cry.
I wanted to hug Drix and protect him.
I think what I loved the most about this book is the human aspect that Katie brought forth.
Parents are not perfect, they make mistakes.
Elle for the first time had to battle seeing her parents in a different light but I feel that all teenagers go through this.
As a parent, of course, I want what is best but sometimes I don't have all the answers.
I could relate to both levels as a parent and as a daughter.
Katie did an amazing job with these characters and their growth within the book.
This is a must read if you enjoy romance and life-giving people second chances.
Sometimes there is more to the person that what has been portrayed.
***E-ARC provided by Harlequin TEEN and Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review.***
Sean points, and a woman in the back asks, “You never met Mr. Pierce before?”
I shake my head, and Sean gestures to the microphone. “No. I was playing a midway game earlier, and he ended up playing beside me, but then we went our separate ways. I left the game, and these guys started to harass me, and hen Hendrix asked if I needed help. I agreed, and he suggested we talk. He said that if the guys thought we were friends they would eventually lose interest, and they did. Hendrix played a game, and we talked until Andrew showed.”
“Andrew?” someone asks.
“Andrew Morton.” That causes enough of a stir that nervousness leaks into my bloodstream and makes my hands cold and clammy. Why is it that I feel that I said something terribly wrong?
“Are you and Andrew Morton friends?” someone else asks, and the question hits me in a sickening way. I name-dropped the grandson of the most powerful US Senator…the position my father is campaigning for. Sean is going to roast me alive.
“Yes. We’ve been friends for as long as I remember.” Friends, enemies, it’s all semantics at this point.
“Did you and Andrew Morton plan to attend the festival together?” Another reporter.
“Were you on a date?” a woman asks.
My entire body recoils. “What?”
“Are you and Andrew Morton romantically involved?”
I become one of those bunnies who go still at the slightest sound. “I thought we were talking about Hendrix.”
“Did Mr. Pierce confront the men?”
Finally back on track. “No, he was adamant that there should be no violence.”
More questions and I put my hand in the air as I feel like I’m the one on trial. “Isn’t that the point? Hendrix went through my dad’s program, and one of the first chances he had to make a good decision, he made one. We’re strangers, and he helped me without violence. That, to me, is success.” A few people nod their head, and because I don’t want to be done yet… “Mr. O’Bryan—grown men shouldn’t be following seventeen-year-old girls. I’m curious why you didn’t step in when I was being harassed. If you saw Hendrix and me together, then you know what happened, and it’s horrifying you didn’t help. Hendrix made the right choice. You did not.”
A rumble of conversation, Sean places a hand on my arm and gently, but firmly pushes me to the side. The raging fire in his eyes says he’s mentally measuring out the room in the basement he’s going to let me rot in for the next ten years.
My father approaches the microphone with an ease I envy. “Any more questions for Ellison can be sent to my press secretary. As you can tell, it’s been a trying day for my daughter, but we are most grateful for Mr. Pierce’s actions. We promised a program that was going to help our state’s youth turn their lives around, and, thanks to Mr. Pierce’s admirable actions, we are proud of our first program’s success.”
He offers Drix his hand again, and Drix accepts.
Lots of pictures and applause, and Dad leans in and whispers something to him. I can’t tell what it is, but I do see the shadow that crosses over Drix’s face, his throat move as he swallow and then the slight nod of his head.
I don’t know what happened, but I don’t like it. The urge is to rush Drix, but Sean has a firm hold on my elbow, keeping me in place, silently berating me for causing problems.
Drix stands behind the podium and drops a bomb so huge the ground shakes beneath my feet. “Because Ellison had enough courage to explain what happened today, I’m going to tell you what I was convicted of…”
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