Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: January 30th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: neglectful parents, drugs, alcohol, violence, abuse (parental & relationship), death of animal

Pages: 400

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads blurb:

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.


 R E V I E W

I wasn’t expecting to actually enjoy Say You’ll Remember Me. I was a big fan of the authors works a couple of years ago but when I read her most recent novel last year I DNF’ed it. It just wasn’t sitting well with me. Say You’ll Remember Me has brought me back to Katie McGarry’s works. I absolutely loved it. It was such a nice surprise. I honestly recommend it for fans of The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. It has a similar political parent feature throughout with the even better inclusion of dogs. If you know me, you know I love dogs.

The book is told in two separate POV’s, Drix and Elle. It follows a similar prose of all Katie McGarry books where two ‘broken’ people come together in unlikely situations and have to fight to be together. It is honestly a cliché and not of the norm of the other books of Katie’s but it is enjoyable nonetheless. In this case, Elle is the daughter of a politician who is looking to raise their status so she has joined the campaign to help her mother her father. Drix is also helping in this campaign. However, he’s promoting something that is called the Second Chance Program which provides young adults with a plea deal in order for them to get out of jail earlier by following certain criteria. Drix takes the plea bargain after he is framed for a crime he was too high and drunk to commit. The plea basically means he needs to stand there and talk about how great the program is and that it does work – which, he truly does believe. However, problems occur when the truth starts coming out. Not just for Drix, but for Elle. Add in an adorable puppy named Thor and you have a book about family, drama and how some people come into your life for a reason.

Say You’ll Remember Me was really enjoyable. There’s not much else I can say to stress this point that I won’t be discussing a bit later in this review. I did have some problems throughout, but that is typical. So, I guess, let’s jump into what I did and didn’t like about Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry.

L I K E S

✗ DOG HAS THE BEST NAME

I really had to mention this. I don’t know why. But, when the dog of the book is named I quite literally screamed. I mentioned before that Drix and Elle named the dog Thor. Which, just so happens to be the name of my own dog (a big Rottweiler x German Shepherd). I really formed an emotional attachment with this dog throughout the book. I really think it contributed to how much I enjoyed this book too – similarly to when there’s a book character with the name Amber.

✗ TWO UNLIKELY PEOPLE FIND EACH OTHER

I’m a sucker for this storyline when it’s done right. Katie McGarry can do it right. I dislike her element in which the person ‘fixes’ the other person, or that love heals them. But, that doesn’t take away from what a slow burn romance she can write. It honestly has me itching since around 50% the characters still hadn’t kissed despite how many moments there were for the perfect moment. Both characters have such struggles though, but coming from rich and poor worlds it would have been unlikely for them to meet any other time. I just love when a chance occurrence rockets two characters into a happily ever after. I am a major cynic, but it really warms my heart.

✗ EXCELLENT WRITING

This is what makes the whole book. Katie McGarry can write. There is such a relatable feeling to her writing when you fall into it. It’s easy to read and absolutely devour in one sitting, something I love. Having read her first book Pushing the Limits its really clear to see how she has grown over the years with her writing and just wow.

✗ CHARACTERS ARE AMAZING

I don’t mean this in just terms of Drix and Elle. Drix’s family and Elle’s family are so well developed that you feel as if they’re people you actually know. From the controlling family to the family that you create that isn’t blood, it was really beautiful. Everyone is a little flawed, a little crass and definitely not perfect. No one is one represented in that way and I just loved it. It is honestly just so enjoyable to read characters that come to life in my mind. I really love side characters as well, I find they can either make or break the story and Katie McGarry crushed the side characters in Say You’ll Remember Me.

D I S L I K E S

✗ WTF ARE THESE CLOTHES DESCRIPTIONS

Honestly, what the fuck, Katie? I think I read ‘wallet chain’ like twelve times. I’m not sure how America works or what the latest styles are over there but being relatively poor over here in Australia I was very disturbed by a ‘wallet chain’. I think the only people I’ve ever actually seen with a wallet chain have been drug dealers. Maybe not even then. Honestly. The clothing descriptions felt very out-dated and irrelevant when they were brought up. I just am not here for the 80’s gangster style making a come back. No thank you.

✗ NO CLEAR ANSWERS

There aren’t exactly any clear answers at the end of Say You’ll Remember Me. By this I mean it is fucking open-ended. I hope this means Katie is at least thinking about extending this into a series that features each of Drix’s family members. I would love that. But, my point is we never find out anything by the end of Say You’ll Remember Me. Relationships have been ruined and we are left unsure if they will ever be repaired. I just really hate finishing a contemporary and not having all the answer. I just want a nice epilogue that explains every loose end in the story.

✗ DISAPPEARING FRIEND ACT

This point gets mentioned in quite a few of my reviews. Katie McGarry really highlighted this point with Elle. Drix has his friends that make up his family and two of his half-siblings. What we don’t get are Elle’s friends. They’re mentioned briefly, that Elle text them when one of the many scandals surrounding her were released. Other then that? Nothing. They don’t seem too concerned and Elle doesn’t think about them at all. I just wish we would get more girls with friends before a boy being included in the equation. I understand Elle bonds with Drix’s sister, but it’s not enough.

Overall, I really loved Say You’ll Remember me. It was a passionate, fast and beautiful read. I can’t help but recommend it if you’re looking for a fluffy read with a tad more depth, possibly even a slight mystery. It has it’s triggers though (as mentioned at the beginning of this review), so make sure to check them out if you choose to read this!


Happy reading everyone!

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