3:00 pm EST, February 6, 2018

‘Say You’ll Remember Me’ book review: Katie McGarry delights with a heart-warming story about second chances

There are many, many reasons to be excited for Say You’ll Remember Me, the most important of which is that this book will have you laughing, crying, and smiling through the tears in equal measure.

About ‘Say You’ll Remember Me’

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.

‘Say You’ll Remember Me’ book review

I challenge you to not be ruined by this story. Elle and Drix are an incredibly compelling pair who have so much to teach us. Their compassion, honesty, and love radiate off the page with ferocity rarely seen in the real world. From the moment I started Say You’ll Remember Me, I could not stop thinking about this book.

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Our heroine, Elle, is unknowingly being suffocated by her overbearing parents. They think they know what’s best for their daughter, and, rather than allowing her to make mistakes and learn for herself, they try to dictate her every move. Watching Elle struggle with respecting and honoring her parents’ wishes while also trying to live her life on her own terms is unbelievably realistic and relatable. No matter how old you are, the struggle between pleasing your parents or staying true to yourself never truly fades.

Drix is the ultimate bad boy with a heart of gold. He’s made his fair share of blunders in his life so far, and when we meet him, he’s ready to start a new chapter. Reading Hendrix’s point of view illustrates just how hard rehabilitation is, even when you aren’t guilty of committing the gravest of sins. He may not have actually made the biggest mistakes that he’s been accused of, but he still has a past that he needs to put behind him.

Elle and Drix are the perfect pair to tell a young adult love story. They both have forces greater than themselves that are trying to box their passions and keep them from living up to their potential. I wish I had read this book as a teenager, because Elle’s confidence in what she wants out of her future is more than admirable. She is a great example of how to stand up for yourself when even your loved ones are trying to change who you are at your core. And while Drix has a less-than-ideal history, his devotion to protecting his family from themselves is admirable and heartwarming.

Katie McGarry writes incredible stories, and Say You’ll Remember Me continues that tradition of excellence. I am so grateful to have discovered her books, and experienced all that her characters have to share. If you haven’t read her previous series, Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road, you should probably add those to your To-Be-Read list. You won’t be disappointed.

Say You’ll Remember Me is available now! Get your copy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Indiebound. Oh, and don’t forget to add it on Goodreads, too!

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