Jan 31, 2018

ARC Review & Excerpt: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 400
Release Date: January 30, 2018
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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 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."
I was so excited to read a new Katie McGarry book, and this book did not disappoint. The plot sounded very original to me when I read the synopsis, and since I've loved all her other books, I was sure this one would be good too. And it was!

Katie is an amazing author in that she is able to develop her characters and the plot in a very detailed and meticulous fashion that does not make the romance seemed too rushed or make any of the characters feel unnecessary. I loved the sass and humor that Ellison and Drix shared, but their backstories also made their moments together very meaningful and adorable. I really loved the connection between these two, and I really want to be part of Drix's family. They all seem like such sincere and loving people, and I hope we get some spinoffs to get more of their stories.

I was not always convinced by some of the problems some of the characters had especially because it seemed like at one point there were six different major conflicts occurring at the same time. There were so many issues that I would get bored with certain perspectives because I lost interest in them in anticipation of the solution to other problems. Although the book ended off on a satisfying note, I felt myself losing interest through much of the middle.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a YA Contemporary especially if you have enjoyed Katie McGarry's previous books. Katie is one of the most consistently great YA authors I have read, and that's what I love about her! Definitely, check this one out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

The sights and sounds of the midway fade, and all I hear is buzzing. I close my eyes as more pissed-off tears fill my eyes. Why won’t they go away? 

“You okay?” a guy asks. 

I open my eyes and focus on the ground. My eyes are red, I know they are. I can feel the puffiness of my skin. I take a deep breath, look up to explain I’m okay, and freeze. 

Holy hell. It’s the boy from Whack-A-Mole. He’s so much more breathtaking this close, and I have no idea how that’s possible. 

“Are those guys bothering you?” he asks. 

My forehead furrows. Yes, they are, but telling him the truth and inviting him into my problems seems wrong. 

“Since you’re so talkative, I’ll start the conversation,” he says. “If you want to get rid of those guys then stand here and talk to me, and I’ll stand here and talk to you. You can smile like you know me because it’s tough to make me smile, and it will seem fake. Then I can try to win you a stuffed animal. Won’t be a snake, but it will do. Those losers will catch on we’re friends. Eventually, they’ll keep walking, and then they’ll return to their loser frat house where they’ll play with themselves for the rest of the night because they don’t know how to properly talk to a girl.”

I blink because all thought processes have taken a mini break. Either that or I’m having a stroke. 

“Just a smile. Maybe a few mumbled words. Tell me anything. Doesn’t have to be poetic. Just your lips moving in my direction without your current blank expression.”

I blink again, many times, as the sights, sounds and smells of the midway blast back as if someone had pushed the play button on my life. I flash the perfectly practiced public smile I’ve used too many other times in my life. 

“I don’t know how to get them to leave me alone.” I pause, then the bitterness leaks out as well as a grim grin. “At least not without a baseball and a well-placed throw. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to continue their genetics.”

The right side of his mouth tips up, and my eyes narrow on him. “I thought you didn’t smile easily.”

“I have a twisted sense of humor, and I didn’t think a girl like you could make me laugh. You’ve done it twice now. That’s a record for the past year.”

I bristle, still on the dangerous edge of anger. “A girl like me?”

“Yeah, one that’s out of my league. Listen, if you want to get out of this situation without it escalating, let me know. Otherwise, I’ll take a step back, and you can do whatever you need. I’m all about helping, but I’m not looking to get into a fight. Your call on how this goes down, but if it’s violence, you’re on your own.”

He says he doesn’t want to partake in violence, but there’s an essence about him that says he could drop anyone at any time and do it without breaking a sweat. 

He’s looking at me, I’m looking at him, and the flutter in my chest returns.

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. 

Katie is the author of full-length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, an RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

*A copy of the book was provided by the tour host and publisher for an honest review.


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