Book Club: Say You’ll Remember Me

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Author: Katie McGarry
ISBN: 9781489250537
RRP: $19.99
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Katie McGarry has been a favourite of mine ever since I read her debut Pushing The Limits and fell in love with her flawed leads and their unlikely attraction. She is firmly entrenched in my must read list and I’m always excited about her upcoming releases. I have stated that my copy of Say You’ll Remember Me is courtesy of the publisher, and it is, but I have also pre-ordered a digital copy so that I can receive the exclusive digital content available only with the pre-order. This is something I have done for the last 3 or so novels.

Say You’ll Remember Me is a brand new stand alone and if I’m not mistaken there is no connection with any of her earlier novels. The Pushing The Limits and Thunder Road books are two completely different series but there is a connection, I don’t think that’s the case here.

My favourite thing about McGarry stories is her characters. They are vibrant, they are relatable and they are realistic; they come alive through her storytelling and they become your friends. They make you laugh, they make you cry but most of all they make you FEEL. Often McGarry’s romances are a case of opposites attracting only to discover they aren’t so different after all and Say You’ll Remember Me is no exception but it is much more pronounced.

Say You’ll Remember Me sees Hendrix and Ellison cross paths at a county fair, completely unaware of any connection between them. They have a harmless game on the sideshows before parting ways but then Hendrix notices her being bothered by a couple of college kids and steps in to help her out. The next time they cross paths is at a press conference and they discover that the attraction they feel towards one another is not their only connection.

The story is written in the first person in alternating chapters by both Hendrix and Ellison, better known as Drix and Elle. Their voices are strong and McGarry paints them vividly, it isn’t only their voices that are strong though; like all McGarry characters their personalities are strong. McGarry often writes of troubled teens and people from both sides of the tracks but this time the distance is a lot greater. Elle’s father is Governor Monroe, the man responsible for the Second Chance Program which aims to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Hendrix is the first teen selected as a poster boy for the program, a convicted felon who served time for armed robbery.

On the surface these characters couldn’t be more different, their lives are completely opposite and you would be hard pressed to discover common ground. We all know that people are much more than what you see on the surface and McGarry is adept at uncovering these layers as she helps us get to know the characters.

Drix has quite the bad boy reputation and having come through the Second Chance Program he can look back and see himself in a completely different light. He doesn’t like who he was and he knows he’s changed but he’s still trying to work out who he is now. He can see where his bad choices were and why he made them and now he is scared of going back. He is a good guy who made bad choices and this is his chance for a fresh start, a clean slate if he can keep it that way.

Elle is the ultimate good girl living her life in the media eye and striving for perfection to make her parents proud. She is part of the team on the campaign trail helping ensure her father, her hero, is re-elected. Elle idolises her dad, she is sure of his innate goodness and desire to give a voice to the voiceless. Elle is picture perfect, there’s no doubting that, but we are soon allowed to see beyond the façade to the real Elle and discover that Elle is a lot more than the picture that is portrayed.

Governor Monroe and his team have selected Hendrix to be the face of the Second Chance Program but will that second chance stretch to blessing a friendship between the two teens….

The attraction between Drix and Elle is instantaneous, their chemistry is electric, but this didn’t strike me as a case of Insta-Lust because that first encounter was intriguing for both of them and left them wanting to get to know each other, wanting to learn about each other and not just act on their attraction.

Drix and Elle have more in common than you would think and they feel comfortable together because for each of them they find a person that they don’t owe anything to or have anything to prove. They have the luxury of just being themselves, and that’s something neither of them find very often.

McGarry deftly explores the lives of her characters, the challenges faced by those from Drix’s neighbourhood and the difficulties faced by those trying to break the cycle, trying to better themselves and forge a different future. Drix was an innocent man who felt that his best chance was to plead guilty and take a deal rather than trying to fight the charges and clear his name because he didn’t have the money for a good lawyer, any lawyer really and the public defenders are completely overworked.

These are real issues that many teens are faced with and McGarry explores them with insight and sensitivity. The issues facing Elle may seem small compared to what Drix and his neighbourhood face but they are no less serious to her.

McGarry will take you on a rollercoaster worthy of the fair as you try to work out just what this pair is going to have to face. A book that will definitely appeal to fans of her earlier novels as well as a range of Young Adult readers. It’s sweet, it’s intense and it’s relatable. I promised myself one last chapter before bed last night and ended up staying up for the last 50 or so pages. I would be interested to see what comes next for them.

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Say You’ll Remember Me is published by HQ Young Adult and available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to HQ Young Adult 20 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members will be reading Say You’ll Remember Me so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.


20 thoughts on “Book Club: Say You’ll Remember Me

  1. Thankyou Harlequinbooks and Beauty andLace for the opportunity to read Say You’ll Remember Me byKatie McGarry
    Although I enjoyed reading this book like other reviewers I would recommend it for young adults.
    The book is written mostly about two characters Elle,who is the beautiful Governor s daughter completely controlled by her parents and by her respect for her father is pushed into being someone she is not and is pressured into being the “pretty daughter” stand by her father and saying all the right things.
    Drix is a young man who has been chosen by the Governors campaign to be a “poster boy” for a new Second Chance Programme after spending time in jail. Drix bitter and sulking after being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit is on probation and determined with the help of his brother Axel and sister Holiday to try and be a better guy.
    A chance meeting between Drix and Elle starts the series of troubles as Elle goes on the campaign trail with her parents and Drix goes with them to promote the Second Chance Programme. Constantly getting onto the bad side of her parents, trying to get into a coding course and the very secret and backhand way of trying to see Drix with whom she has become very close too.plays a big part in Elle’s problems.
    Drix being right out of his comfort zone and trying to stay out of trouble is desperate to get back into the music he left behind. Being pressured by his sister Holiday Drix is determined to be with Elle and to also find out who committed the crime he was convicted of. Not the usual book I would read but I’m sure it would be enjoyed by many.

  2. Say You’ll Remember Me is a story that you will engross yourself in , the characters will implant themselves within you and you wont stop till you have finished the last page. The author has delivered a compelling story , filled with second chances and the fact that often they do come around. Friendship, family and love.

    A wonderful coming of age story with strong meaning behind it. !! Never judge a book by its cover so to speak and the fact that we all do deserve second chances.

    The author pens her words and draws you into the lives of the characters , we see growth as the story progresses and many aspects woven within the story to give us food for thought.

    Elle and Drix are two lost souls not looking but discovering each other. They find meaning in each other, a purpose, love, friendship and direction. The author penned the characters well, giving us two lovable souls that you cant help but root for along the way. We are shown that love finds direction and can change the path of life and thoughts.

    Overall, a young adult novel that can be easily enjoyed by anyone. Fluent story line and lovable characters.

    Id recommend to all 😀

  3. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Publishers for the opportunity to read this book, “Say You’ll remember me” authored by Katie McGarry. Although this is aimed at young adult fiction I could not put this book down, I enjoyed the 2 main characters Elle and Drix and the development and of their individual lives and stories. I also enjoyed the way the author focussed each chapter on the perspective of either Elle or Drix. Its a wonderful book about communication, love, our differences and differing versions of the “truth” or reality as determined by individuals in a given circumstance.

  4. Say you’ll remember me by Katie McGarry.
    Everyones worst nightmare… being convicted of a crime that you didn’t commit.
    Drix was on a self destructive path when an unfortunate sequence of events led him to prison.
    He was given a second chance with a new initiative set up by the Governor. This was his only chance to get his life back on track but at the expense of being on show for the world. Along the way he meets a gorgeous girl who happens to be the Governor’s daughter. Life gets very interesting and there a few twists along the way.
    I enjoyed this book. I really think this would appeal to the younger population.

  5. Firstly thank you Beauty and Lace for allowing me to review this book.
    It’s such a beautiful thing young love. In this case Elle and Drix the main characters have been brought together by unfortunate events. Throughout the book it seems to be a race against time. There are not many characters in this book so it emphasises on both Elle and Drix.
    You can’t but feel sorry for Drix with all the bad luck he has faced during his short life.
    It was a light hearted, yet eventful story which many teenagers will enjoy reading.
    Highly recommend this book to all.

  6. The story was well written and the characters were well developed though I generally found it hard to relate to them as I am not a reader of YA in general. I found the story a little long winded in places and the whole control over Elle drove me mad, but it made for a very clear contrast with Drix’s life.
    Did I enjoy this book? Not really, but again, it must be noted that it is not my genre of choice. I do think though that readers of YA would find it interesting and perhaps even engaging.

  7. Thanks again for another read.

    I really enjoyed this book. It was written and although I found it long-winded in some parts I wasn’t able to put it down. I had to read it til the end.

    This is the first book that I’ve read by Katie McGarry and I loved it. I enjoyed each chapter being alternate to who’s point of view it was written from.

  8. I felt this story was for a younger reader. I still enjoyed the read.
    I thought this was about many kinds of love. First love albeit a very strong and loyal love. Parental love which was very controlling, love of a pet unconditional love and friendship and loyalty..Thank you for the opportunity.

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