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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

When Drix was arrested for a crime he didn't commit he couldn't prove his innocence. He was put in the Second Chance Program of the governor and this saved his life. At the end of his sentence the governor asks Drix to be the face of his pet project and Drix reluctantly agrees. It will mean media attention, but it's for a good cause, the program changed him and turned him into someone who can make the right choices. However, the governor has a daughter, Elle, and when Drix is around her he doesn't feel very sensible. She's everything he's ever wanted and more, but she's also the one person he isn't allowed to fall in love with, she's completely off limits.

Elle tries to make her parents proud. She's part of her father's campaign and dutifully follows every rule her parents come up with. Her life is starting to suffocate her, because she can never do what she loves. She's living a scheduled and restricted life without any freedom, but when she's with Drix she can be herself. Elle isn't supposed to date him, but also doesn't want to give him up. How can they be together when Elle's parents forbid it? They come from different worlds, do they really have a chance? Will they be able to find the abundance of happiness they both deserve?

Say You'll Remember Me is a beautiful emotional story. Drix made a big mess of his life, but he didn't commit the crime he was arrested for. All Drix cared about was music and the lifestyle it provided and this eventually got him in trouble because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He used every opportunity the Second Chance Program presented and is now much more humble. He's kindhearted and caring and that is how he meets Elle. Elle's dominating parents are ruling her world. She has no room to be the person she wants to be. She's fierce, smart and resourceful, but her parents just focus on her flaws. Drix is the only person who truly sees her. My heart ached for both of them. They are such wonderful talented people and they're each being restricted in their own way. I kept hoping they'd follow their hearts and choose love and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out how their story would end.

Katie McGarry writes amazing stories about teenagers who don't have easy lives. I love how she lets her readers see the world through their eyes. She writes about pain and heartbreak in a fantastic raw and open way. I was captivated by Say You'll Remember Me from the very first page. Drix and Elle are brilliant multilayered main characters and it's impossible not to care about them. I was impressed by Katie McGarry's moving descriptions of their hopes, dreams and wishes. Say You'll Remember Me is a terrific book. I highly recommend this heart-rending romantic story.


If you love raw and honest YA with amazing main characters you should definitely read Say You'll Remember Me.

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, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.


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1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I'm the contemporary young adult author of Say You'll Remember Me, the Thunder Road series and the Pushing the Limits series. My newest novel, Breathe, will be released in 2019.

2) Can you describe the main characters of Say You’ll Remember Me in eight words each?

Elle--smart, fireworks, beautiful, compassionate, determined, resourceful, fearless, loving

Drix--strong, loyal, empathetic, protective, fighter, family-oriented, musical, talented

3) You write about teenagers who don’t have easy lives, what’s the inspiration behind that?

Growing up, there were times that I faced dark circumstances and I want to write stories that show no matter how tough the circumstances, there is always hope.

4) You believe in love, what does love mean to you?

Love is my husband, my children, my family and my friends. Love is learning to love yourself, flaws and all. Love is work. It isn't always easy, but love is patient and kind.

5) What are your plans for the future?

I have a new series releasing with Tor/MacMillan in 2019. The first book is called Breathe.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a hardcover copy of Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry.

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  1. This book is on my wishlist :D
    Thank you for the great review and lovely interview :)

  2. love hearing a little about the author, thanks! this looks fab!

  3. This book is on my reading list, many thanks for the review & giveaway!

  4. thank you for the chance to win! keep up the fantastic work

  5. Say You'll Remember Me sounds like a heartfelt and beautifully written coming-of-age story about two teenagers from different walks of life fall in love.

  6. I love that these characters have huge obstacles to overcome. This is going to be fun to read.

  7. This sounds as though it will be a great read Katie.

  8. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance x

  9. Omgosh! I’m a huge fan of Katie’s books and this sounds fabulous! She’s an auto-buy author for me! Thanks for the chance!:)

  10. Great interview, thanks for sharing it.

  11. Wonderful interview, I so enjoyed hearing Katie's answers. Can't wait to read the book too! It sounds amazing.

  12. I've loved the novella I read by this author, and I'm looking forward to finally reading something full length by her sometimes soon.

  13. Great! I want to read this book!
    Βασιλική Α.

  14. sounds like a really interesting read xx

  15. I'd love to read this book, sounds like a wonderful read.

  16. Thank you for the chance to win such an interesting book!

  17. Everybody wants to be remembered by someone and loved, but I also know that some are forgotten!

  18. this sounds so cool and i love the cover!!

  19. I love love love Katie's books and I can not wait to read Say You'll Remember Me.

  20. Sounds like a great read - lovely giveaway, thanks for the chance

  21. This sounds like an intriguing books so I'll be watching for it.

  22. This looks like a wonderful book

  23. I can think of tons of my students who would love this (after I'd read it first, of course!)

  24. I have read some really great reviews of your book. Congrats!

  25. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  26. Sounds a great. Love it when two people from different walks of life meet and it's intriguing to read their story and how it all develops.

  27. Katie is one of my favorite authors and I LOVE her beautiful stories, I'm dying to read this one! Thank you so much for the giveaway ♥