Review: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry (spoiler-free)

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Synopsis:

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.

Published: January 30th by Harlequin Teen

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My first Katie McGarry book that I ever read was Pushing the Limits. It was one of the first books that really got me into reading YA contemporary and I remember thinking how authentic and real the characters were, Say You’ll Remember Me is no exception.

McGarry’s writing is so engaging and from the very first page, I was completely hooked. I laughed, I cried, I *almost* threw the book at my wall in frustration but, ultimately, I absolutely loved it and I am so happy with how it all ended. Drix and Elle’s journey was a tough one but I loved how we were right there with them to the very end.

Elle and Drix lead completely different lives. Elle is the Governor’s daughter and Drix is the convict, but even though they come from different worlds, they have an almost instant connection from the beginning. As they spend more and more time together on the campaign trail, they grow closer and I absolutely loved seeing their relationship unfold!

Drixs’ family was amazing and I loved how they were all so close and supported each other through everything! Elle’s parents, I didn’t like so much… I know that they loved Elle and just wanted the ‘best’ for her but they were so controlling and they frustrated the hell out of me because I felt so bad for Elle. And at the end when Elle desperately needed her Dad’s help and he initially refused…OMG, I was maaaaad! On a happier note, I did love her cousin Henry! he was so great to Elle and he knew exactly how she felt. He was so protective and sweet and I kinda *really* hope we get a book about him.

Ultimately, I would definitely recommend Say You’ll Remember Me! It’s heartwarming, authentic and romantic. Definitely pick this one up!abbie

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