Review & Excerpt Tour: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

January 26, 2018 Book Reviews, Book Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway 2

by Katie McGarry

 

From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018.

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“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

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.

 

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EXCERPT

 

~Hendrix~

Holiday smacks my arm and wrath owns her eyes. “Why didn’t you talk to her?”

I glance around at my family—Axle, Holiday, my best friend, Dominic, and his younger sister, Kellen.  I’m searching for at least one of them to have my back and tell her to step off, but instead they’re curious for the answer. Even Axle’s giving me a questioning gaze, and the last thing my womanizing brother deserves is an explanation from me in my decisions regarding women.

Last time I was home, his reputation was as bad as Dad’s, minus the progeny. There are three siblings in this family, and we have three different birth mothers. Dad not only didn’t know how to use a condom, but he didn’t know how to stay true to one woman.

“I talked to her.”

My younger sister throws her arms out and drops her voice to what I’m assuming is to mimic me, but I don’t sound like an idiot. “You’re good at this.” She resumes her normal tone which is entering high-pitched. “Seriously? That’s all you’ve got? Did you get some sort of amoeba that eats your brain while hanging out in juvie?”

I fold my arms over my chest and wonder if my sister can read pissed-off body language.

“You can still catch the girl and talk to her,” Holiday continues, proving she doesn’t care I’m silently informing her to quit. “Don’t make me chase her for you because that would be embarrassing. Embarrassing for you. Not me. I’ll have to tell her you sent me, and because you’re a wuss, I’ll have to ask her out for you like we’re in sixth grade.”

I find myself missing the middle of nowhere. Trees, bonfires, mosquitos, mud, bears…. company that didn’t talk.

“She’s out of my league.” I haven’t spoken truer words in months. She was beautiful. She was poised. She was a cool breeze after a hot humid rain. She was that first ray of sunshine in the dark woods. She was the smell of honeysuckle in bloom. She was the first damn thing that made me forget who I am and what I’ve gotten myself into over the past year. That means she was out of my league.

Granted, she was out of my league before I was arrested. Everything from her manicured nails, to her brand-name clothes, to her high-end purse, to the way she held herself said she was about a hundred times higher on the social and economic spectrum than me, but the person I was before would have made the play because I was smooth—just like my father.

“She is not out of your league.” Holiday hounds me. “She smiled at you. I know when a girl likes what she sees, and she liked what she saw in you.”

Tension builds in my neck. Yeah, the girl smiled, but she didn’t know what she was smiling at. I’m a pretty façade on the outside. On the inside, I’m a house of cards teetering on a bad foundation.

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

 

How can you ‘swallow’ taking blame for a crime you didn’t commit? For Drix – life was never the same after he awoke from being passed out in an alley. Accusations of a crime that forever changed Drix’s life. Then the Second Chance Program was presented to Drix. A new rehabilitation program sponsored by the governor to get more kids off the streets, and teach them how to get their lives back on track. A program that Drix felt he would benefit from immensely.

 

Privilege….it’s the reality that shapes Elle’s life. An endless stream of political events and functions. All designed to increase the social standing of Elle’s father….the governor. Every nuance from Elle’s life is planned out for her. From hairstyles, to fashion, to the way Elle presents herself in public…..all of it is thought out by someone else. Elle only wants to be ‘normal’ and have a life of her own. A stark contrast from the life Elle’s parents have planned out for her.

 

A chance meeting between Elle and Drix at a carnival ignites a spark between these two tattered souls. Little did they know that their paths were about to cross in the most unexpected of ways. A gal from the biggest media seeking family on the planet, and the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Two souls that never should have fallen for one another. What no one could have planned on was feelings from these two that were so deep it crossed the barriers that stood between them.

 

Such a tangled web of secrets that lie in Elle and Drix’s wake. Katie McGarry has written a tale of two kids from opposite social classes finding a spark where none should have occurred. This slow burn romance fuels the characters with a fate that is intertwined and warned against. A journey of second chances when the world seems like it is against you. Two people so broken on the inside that they find a commonality amidst the chaos.

 

What drew me to Elle and Drix was the depth at which the two believed in the other. A strength that knew no bounds. Drix was a ‘broken’ soul with a huge dedication to his family. In spite of taking the blame for a crime he didn’t commit, obligation to family overshadowed the consequences on Drix’s life. Elle was trapped by the confines of her parents. Smothered in a world of politics that she never asked to partake in. A life that pulled her away from all of the hopes and dreams that plagued Elle’s thoughts.

 

McGarry does an excellent job of creating a world in which two completely different characters could have such an overlap in their lives. It’s a tale of discovery, hope, and most of all love!! If you are a fan of young adult novels, make sure you add Say You’ll Remember Me to your reading list. It is a journey of hope that you will not want to miss!

 

 

Pre-order SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, register and you will receive AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER, a novella that features your favorite Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road characters!  

From the Pushing the Limits series, Noah, Beth, Isaiah, West and Logan are all grown up. Catch up with your favorite characters as one of them finally says, I do.

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About Katie McGarry

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, a 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.

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