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.
I received a finished copy of this novel from the publisher Harlequin in exchange for an honest review – all thoughts are my own.
Trigger Warnings; This novel contains drug & alcohol abuse, abuse –both physical and mental and the death of an animal.
It’s books like this one that make a huge fantasy lover like me fall in love with the contemporary genre. Say You’ll Remember Me isn’t your normal teen YA love story – it tackles real issues that everyday people face. The divide between the ‘upper class’ and ‘lower class’, teen vulnerability, romance, betrayal are just some of the themes throughout this book.
Say You’ll Remember Me tackles some heavy topics throughout the novel, abuse being the main one. It shows the different types of abuse someone can face, not just physical domestic abuse, but also the mental abuse from a partner and parents as well. Say You’ll Remember Me is an emotionally impacting novel that leaves the reader feeling a lot of hate towards some characters and the need to cuddle others.
We follow our two main protagonists Elle and Hendrix (Drix) throughout this novel with their own POV alternating chapters. Elle and Drix are both very bright in their own way, they have found themselves in a situation that neither of them want to be in – Elle pushed by her parents and their advisors into being the perfect Politicians daughter – groomed to perfection – but on the inside she is dying to just be herself. And Drix, the “bad boy” from the wrong side of the tracks – convicted of a crime he never committed but determined to make something from his life now that Elle’s father, the Governor has given him a second chance through the aptly named 'Second Chance Program'.
(I have a whole new appreciation and love for the name Hendrix now – just saying – SWOONING OVER HERE).
Elle and Drix are instantly drawn to each other but it isn’t “insta love”. Their relationship grows throughout the book but it doesn’t make you wait around till the end for them to do something about it haha. It is realistic and they both really care about the relationship blossoming between themselves.
Not once throughout the book did I find myself losing interest, I was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. The chemistry between the two main protagonists is so entrancing. The plot moves efficiently and the events that occur are realistic - it's real life. This book isn't some fantasy where two teens from opposite backgrounds fall in love and everything is magically perfect. They work hard at their relationship when the divide between their worlds threatens to pull them apart. Drix's family faces what many familys face these days - money problems, a broken home, abusive relationships. Elle's family are far from perfect as well, the parents put themselves above Elle, they think of themselves first and don't care who they hurt to get where they want.
I had so many emotions reading this novel, I just wanted to help the characters, not just Elle and Drix but Drixs’ family – both blood related and not blood related. I felt so much anger towards Elle’s parents, their advisors and “friends” – Elle was paraded around like a doll at times and it was devastating to see.
I was left bawling my eyes out at the event that occurs in the ending of this book – I am still NOT OK with what happens. As I am keeping this spoiler free I won’t say – but I am sure everyone else who reads this book will know EXACTLY what event I am talking about.
Overall, I just loved this book and the characters are so special. I also need to mention that the UK/AUS cover is AMAZING.
I have honestly found a new favourite author in Katie McGarry, her writing style is so beautiful and I cannot wait to read more of her books.