“I got the good boy cut with the bad boy stride.” (location 78)
“She was beautiful. She was poised. She was a cool breeze after a hot rain. She was that first ray of sunshine in the darkwood. 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 got myself into over the past year.” (location 253)
Title: Say You’ll Remember Me
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
**Thanks to the publisher and author for sending me an advanced copy.**
Synopsis: Hendrix or Drix as he goes by, has just got back after being in a Second Chance program, after being convicted of a crime he didn’t do. Since Drix is apart of the Second Chance program that the governor has created, helps get delinquents off the street and reconstruct them to fit back into society. Drix has to live in the limelight for a while being the “poster” child.
Elle is the daughter of the governor and has lived the advantaged life. She is able to do pretty much anything by just sharing her name. Elle isn’t given much or any freedom and is supposed to be a prime example of the “perfect” child since she’s the governor’s daughter.
Elle and Drix meet in a public place neither of them knowing who the other is. They can an immediate connection. But will they each be able to understand the other’s lifestyle.
They fight against the media that doesn’t want them together, against Elle’s parents, and Drix’s brother. They learn to trust each other and step out of their comfort zones.
Thoughts: Another extraordinary novel written by Katie, Drix and Elle are such a perfect couple. They complement each other and bring out the best. Katie is so good at writing novels with the “bad boy” but she took Drix to an extremely new level. He is probably the most swoon-worthy male character, Katie has written. Elle is so real in a world full of the lying media. She thrives to be something that makes her happy, not just her dad. Elle is fierce and bold, she’s not afraid to say what she wants. Throughout all of Katie’s novels, there is a common theme of friends are your family, you don’t need to be blood-related to be family. That along with all of her swoon-worthy and sweet and sarcastic remarks is one of my favourite things about Katie’s novels. They make everyone feel wanted. Every book that Katie publishes gets better and better. This one by far is my favourite read so far! I love that everyone is given a second chance to prove themselves before they are written off.
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The sights and sounds of the midway fade, and all I hear is buzzing. I close my eyes as more pissed-off tears fill my eyes. Why won’t they go away?
“You okay?” a guy asks.
I open my eyes and focus on the ground. My eyes are red, I know they are. I can feel the puffiness of my skin. I take a deep breath, look up to explain I’m okay, and freeze.
Holy hell. It’s the boy from Whack-A-Mole. He’s so much more breathtaking this close, and I have no idea how that’s possible.
“Are those guys bothering you?” he asks.
My forehead furrows. Yes, they are, but telling him the truth and inviting him into my problems seems wrong.
“Since you’re so talkative, I’ll start the conversation,” he says. “If you want to get rid of those guys then stand here and talk to me, and I’ll stand here and talk to you. You can smile like you know me because it’s tough to make me smile, and it will seem fake. Then I can try to win you a stuffed animal. Won’t be a snake, but it will do. Those losers will catch on we’re friends. Eventually, they’ll keep walking, and then they’ll return to their loser frat house where they’ll play with themselves for the rest of the night because they don’t know how to properly talk to a girl.”
I blink because all thought processes have taken a mini break. Either that or I’m having a stroke.
“Just a smile. Maybe a few mumbled words. Tell me anything. Doesn’t have to be poetic. Just your lips moving in my direction without your current blank expression.”
I blink again, many times, as the sights, sounds and smells of the midway blast back as if someone had pushed the play button on my life. I flash the perfectly practiced public smile I’ve used too many other times in my life.
“I don’t know how to get them to leave me alone.” I pause, then the bitterness leaks out as well as a grim grin. “At least not without a baseball and a well-placed throw. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to continue their genetics.”
The right side of his mouth tips up, and my eyes narrow on him. “I thought you didn’t smile easily.”
“I have a twisted sense of humor, and I didn’t think a girl like you could make me laugh. You’ve done it twice now. That’s a record for the past year.”
I bristle, still on the dangerous edge of anger. “A girl like me?”
“Yeah, one that’s out of my league. Listen, if you want to get out of this situation without it escalating, let me know. Otherwise, I’ll take a step back, and you can do whatever you need. I’m all about helping, but I’m not looking to get into a fight. Your call on how this goes down, but if it’s violence, you’re on your own.”
He says he doesn’t want to partake in violence, but there’s an essence about him that says he could drop anyone at any time and do it without breaking a sweat.
He’s looking at me, I’m looking at him, and the flutter in my chest returns.
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