I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Published by Harlequin Teen on January 30, 2018
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.
Man, Katie McGarry never fails to hit me right in the feels. You’d think that Elle being the governor’s daughter lives this perfect live, but in reality she’s trapped inside her own family, not getting to make her own choices. Drix is innocent (of the crime that put him away) and is just trying to get his life back on track. The two of them together is enough to give you all the feels.
Elle’s family was the most frustrating part of Say You’ll Remember Me. Complete lack of understanding of teenagers and more worried about themselves then their own daughter. Elle needed a little rebellion in her life. On the flip side Drix’s family was awesome. They may not have had the financial means but they had the love and strength that Drix needed.
As a teacher I really appreciated the governors second chance program. It’s important for young offenders to be able to have an opportunity to change and grown and be productive members of society. Sometimes kids are just in the wrong place at the wrong time or are put in a bad situation and see no way out. It’s really important that they know that someone has their back and that they don’t have to live that way.
I could feel why Drix and Elle were pulled to each other. Elle needed someone to show her that you can’t live your life by your parents. Drix needed someone to continue to believe in him and show him that he isn’t the person he was before.
As with all of McGarry’s books everything is not all perfect for the characters. Drix is coming to terms with doing the time for a crime he didn’t commit, while still thinking about who really did it, as he’s sure it’s someone he knows. I really liked the relationship between him and Dominic, friends that go back a long time. Drix’s sister is also involved in a relationship with a guy who is complete scum.
The ending was unputdownable. I could not stop reading. It was action packed and full of emotion. Lots of emotion tbh, I totally cried at a pivotal moment at the end that I don’t want to spoil but it totally made me cry, and I don’t usually cry over things like that. I also appreciated that while of course there is a happily ever after for our main duo, not everything is 100% perfect. Life still has it’s bumps, but Drix and Elle are strong enough to make it through.
Say You’ll Remember Me gets a Midnight Book Rating of: