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  • An intense, moving, passionate portrayal of first

    This was an intense rush, eliciting so many emotions. Drix is a troubled teen who was given a second chance by the Governor’s program. Although he was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, he knows he was on the wrong path, chasing girls and drugs. Elle is the Governor’s daughter. But this isn’t your typical good girl drawn to bad boy story. Nothing is as it seems on the surface. Drix has a rough past, none of his doing. Elle’s life as the first daughter of Kentucky is anything but the glamorous life the media portrays. Sparks fly at first sight, but it’s not instalove. Instead, the two build a friendship based on mutual respect while battling against everyone who wants to keep them apart. There’s a lot at stake for both of them and nothing comes easy. Drix’s suspicions on who really committed the crime drive deep wedges in his closest relationships and Elle’s relationship with her parents becomes strained as they attempt to mold her into someone she has no interest in being. Plot The main plot is Elle’s and Drix’s forbidden relationship. But they mystery behind who really robbed the convenience store and whether or not Elle will push back against her parents’ wishes are both strong subplots. There’s a lot of personal growth and character development throughout that drives the story forward. There aren’t many romances that I find difficult to put down, but this was definitely one of them. Katie McGarry tells a compelling story and I was hooked from the first chapter. Characters The characters are everything. Elle and Drix are deep, complete, with rich back stories. While Drix has more baggage than Elle, her life isn’t as perfect as it seems, and that shapes who she is in so many ways. Drix’s family and Elle’s family are just as well developed, adding so much to the conflict in the story. This is only the second book I’ve read by this author, but I’ll be reading more just for her ability to craft such amazing characters. What I Loved About SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME 1. Elle. She’s utterly relatable as a teen struggling to find out who she is versus who she’s supposed to be based on parental expectations. 2. Drix. He’s one of the most authentic male characters in teen fiction I’ve had the pleasure of reading. There’s nothing stereotypical about him. 3. The realism. Nothing is wrapped up too neatly in sitcom fashion. Instead, there is a realistic ending that deals with issues in a way that feels so much more satisfying than if they’d been tied up with a nice neat bow. 4. First love. The author captures the intense emotions and that overwhelming rush that accompanies first love. 5. Social Injustice. The way in which the legal system doesn’t work for everyone the same way is highlighted throughout and is a real issue I’m personally passionate about. I loved seeing the way it was dealt with with such honesty and heart. Bottom Line An intense, moving, passionate portrayal of first love, finding out who you are, and fighting for what matters. Dislcaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A beautiful story about second chances

    Writing this review is hard, because I don’t know what I can say that would do justice to this incredible book. I’m not sure what to say that I haven’t already said about McGarry’s books, and I’m not sure how to put into words just how I felt reading this book. Say You’ll Remember Me is a beautiful story about second chances. It’s a story will touch the reader, that will stay with you even after you finish it. It’s a story that will make you cry because you can’t help but relate to the characters, and what they’re going through isn’t easy. It’s a story that will make you gasp, because you can’t believe what you just read. It’s a story that will leave you struggling to breathe, a story that will hurt. But the stories that hurt are also the stories that you remember, the stories that need to be told. What made this book so incredible, so magical, was the characters. While the writing, the plot, the story in itself, was amazing and all made for a great book, the characters were what made it remarkable, memorable. I found Elle really relatable. Even though we are very different people, her struggles are something I think a lot of kids struggle with, and probably always will. And it makes this book so much harder to read, but so much more meaningful, too. Elle is selfless and caring, and she can’t keep herself from bringing home stray animals. Just that makes her the best person in the world to me. But she’s trying so hard to be what her parents want her to be, even though it’s not who she wants to be. She really just wants her parents to be proud of her, and what kid doesn’t want that? Then there is Drix, and let me tell you, he’s become one of my favourite book boyfriends. While readers can’t seem to help but love the mysterious bad boys, there’s more to Drix than that. While I liked how badass and strong Drix is, what really stole my heart was how he could also show vulnerability. He doesn’t feel the need to pretend like he doesn’t feel things, to pretend that things don’t affect him. And it’s such a rare thing in books that I just couldn’t keep myself from falling for him. Because sometimes, it takes more bravery to be vulnerable than it does to stay strong. Another thing that I found really important in this book is how it shows how much we are affected by the people we meet. I love the relationship between Drix and Elle, because they both help each other so much. Drix helps Elle come out of her shell and start doing things for herself, and no one else, and Elle helps Drix find peace. They’re in love, sure, but they are also close friends, and that’s beautiful. And the easy conversation between them from the start makes it funny, as well. The plot is good and well thought-out, and it brings attention to a big problem that needs more attention. McGarry isn’t afraid of writing about things people would prefer to pretend don’t exist, or aren’t as big as they really are, and I love it. Say You’ll Remember Me is a wonderful example of why people should read – not because you learn new words or become better at the language, but because it can teach you important things about society, and maybe, hopefully, open people’s eyes to our society’s problems. Finally, there is the writing. While all of the above is quite enough to make it an amazing read, the writing has this tension, this realness, that makes a book impossible to forget. McGarry has this incredible ability to write such relatable, real teenage voices that truly make the characters come alive on the page. It hits your heart each and every time. Say You’ll Remember Me is an unforgettable story that will make your heart hurt, and make you cry, but it will also make you feel light, and make you laugh. It will break your heart, and then mend it, only to break it again. But you won’t care, because the story is so beautifully written that you won’t be able to put it away.

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  • Pretty good

    A very good book the characters are awesome for who they are and how they act Definitely a must read!!!

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