Friday, February 23, 2018

My Thoughts: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Say You'll Remember Me
by Katie McGarry
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Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 452
ISBN: 9780373212378
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)

I have to admit, it has been way too long since I've read a new book by Katie McGarry, (even though I currently have THREE of her books sitting unread on my shelf), but I just couldn’t resist reading her newest book, Say You'll Remember Me, the moment it landed in my mailbox. I've read Katie’s Pushing the Limits series a few years back, as well as the first book in the Thunder Road series, all of which I loved, so I knew this one would be great as well. And it was!!

Can I start off by saying that I’m a sucker for a good contemporary novel? It’s my favorite genre, and one of the reasons why I’m such a big fan of Katie’s books. Don’t get me wrong, I love almost all genres of books, but there’s just something about a good contemporary that always gets me, especially when it’s a love story. (I love those stories the most!) I expected this book to have the typical bad-boy-turned-good storyline, but there was really so much more to it than that. I appreciate how relatable it was, and a lot of things in the story, unfortunately, are actually happening in the real world right now. It was very realistic.

Another thing I really like about the story was the characters. Elle was a bit of a pushover in the beginning of the story, but I enjoyed watching her character grow into a much more confident person over the course of the book. It was, however, Drix that completely stole the story. Convicted for a crime that he didn’t commit, serving time and having that on his record, and having no one believe him… that was heartbreaking. And worse is, this actually happens. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, so read if for yourself to learn Drix and Elle’s story. It’s really sweet, and impactful as well.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Say You'll Remember Me, and I'm so glad to have finally read something new by Katie. Now I need to finish the Thunder Road series soon, which, of course, will start with a re-read of Nowhere But Here, and I may just have to re-read the Pushing the Limits series as well, just because I love that series so much. *wink* If you're a fan of contemporary novels, or just of Katie's novels in general, do check out Say You'll Remember Me! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.

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