Sunday, January 28, 2018

Katie McGarry’s SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME – Review & Excerpt Tour

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. Pre-order your copy today!


“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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Reese's Review:
Katie McGarry has struck again. Honestly, I have no idea how I survive her stories. Say You'll Remember Me was/is amazing. The story left me in tears and in awe.

Drix went to prison for a crime that he didn't commit. He entered into a program to help solve the school-to-prison pipeline and it saved his life. Now he's out and back with his family and he doesn't know who is anymore. I really enjoyed Drix's character. He's definitely unique and has a lot of baggage. He made a lot of mistakes and doesn't know who he is without being the person he was before prison and who he was in prison. I really felt like his story was so relatable in a way that surprised me. I felt every second of this story for Drix and what he was going through. I wanted society to be different for him and understood where he was coming from in knowing that it isn't.

Now let's talk about Elle. First off, Elle, I loved right off the bat. Elle wants her parent's approval and believes if she does everything they ask she'll stop disappointing them. Despite the fact that being out in the political limelight and having to change who she is and what she looks like she does it for her parents. I really felt for Elle and her story resonated so much with me. It was like Katie McGarry went into my childhood and plucked out those feelings of feeling like I needed to be perfect all the time for my family.

Elle and Drix's relationship was beyond adorable. I really felt like they had a realistic relationship. They went on dates and struggled with being ready for sex and hanging out with friends. It felt like a real teenage relationship. I feel that Katie McGarry always does very well in capturing those feelings and the experience of being a teenager. I love that both sides of the proverbial tracks have struggles that are no less demanding and difficult.

Say You'll Remember Me is perfect. A definite must-read for the year and every year. I re-read Katie's books at least once a year. Her story-telling is just amazing and I haven't found an author who has had such an amazing balance of everything I look for in a book as her.

As for the plot. Now I'm sure you've all read a story about a boy who falls in love with a girl who is too rich and whatever else to be with him. They end up together anyway and drama ensues, right? Well, let me just say that while I'm sure some of you have read a story or stories like this Katie McGarry really puts a fresh spin on this trope and makes it feel new and exciting. It feels like the first time I've read anything like this, and I haven't.

So if you haven't guessed I loved this book. Everything from the gorgeous cover to everything in between. The story is written to perfection. The pacing is great. Perfect amount of dialogue with description. The story feels new and fresh despite the possibly overused trope. Also, the story despite being set in a modern time still allowed me to escape. Not a lot of contemporary books do that for me so another reason for this book to get a win. Another thing, this books title totally reminds me of that Taylor Swift song and whenever I read the title I start humming it to myself. Am I alone in this? Going crazy? Possible. Anyway go pick up story. It's amazing and one of a kind.

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The two of us are different. Complete sliding scale different. The only thing we have in common, as far as I can tell, is that he appears about my age and that we are both wearing shoes. My sandals to his scuffed combat boots. His sagging jeans with rips and white T-shirt to my ironed khaki shorts and fitted blue top. My diamond earrings and gold bracelet with a heart charm to his black belt that has metal studs and silver chain that hangs from his belt loop to his wallet.
By looks, I should have more in common with the loser college boys, but it’s this guy I’m comfortable with. “What’s your name?”
He throws the ball, and he’s right, he sucks at it. While he has unbelievable power, his aim’s completely off. The ball hits the back curtain with a loud thud, then drops to the floor. “Drix.”
“Drix?” I repeat to make sure I heard him correctly.
“Drix. It’s short for Hendrix. Like Jimi Hendrix.”
“That’s cool.” Because it is.
I wait for him to ask for my name, but he doesn’t. Instead he says, “Are you here alone?”
He throws the second ball, and this time he hits the top of the three bottles, sending that one to the ground.
“No. My parents are here. I’m supposed to meet them at the convention center. What about you? What happened to the people you were with? Or are you here alone now?”
“Yes, but no.” Drix pulls his arm back, releases the ball, and when the ball hits the bottom bottles, my heart lifts with the idea that he won, but only one of the bottles goes flying. The other stays completely untouched.
He turns in my direction, but his gaze roams over my shoulder, then flickers to the left. Drix then glances behind him, and when he returns his attention to me he raises his eyebrows. “They appear to be gone.”
That’s awesome news, but I’m still stuck on his answer of “yes but no.” Honestly, I’m stuck on him. He’s a million questions without a single answer, and he makes me incredibly curious.
“My parents weren’t thrilled about me hanging out alone at the midway, but I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal. It’s just Whack-A-Mole, you know?”
“And a ball toss.”
“And a ball toss. None of it should have been complicated.”
“Shouldn’t have been.”
“Elle!” Part of me is relieved to see Andrew craning his neck over the crowd. Another part of me is majorly disappointed. There aren’t many times in my life I’m left alone. Not many times I’m able to explore new places and people without someone hovering and not many opportunities when I would meet someone like Drix.
“Elle,” Andrew calls again. I wave at him, hoping it will buy me a few seconds, and he waves back in a way that tells me he needs me to walk in his direction. That works well for me.
“Is that a friend of yours?” Drix asks.
“Yes, but no.” I borrow his answer because it’s apropos. Andrew’s a few years older. More friend of our family than a personal friend of mine, and I don’t like the idea of explaining that my parents think I need a babysitter.
Drix’s mouth twitches at my words, and my lips also edge upwards. “I just made you smile a third time. Is this a Guinness Book of World Records thing?”
“I liked your answer.”

“I’m just creative like that.”

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.

Pigpen, Eli and Addison from the Thunder Road series: Three separate personalities who still needed to find love…and still had someone important to meet.

This is a limited time offer! So hurry! Registration ends on February 3, 2018! You must register your pre-order to receive AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Katie McGarry’s SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME – Tour Schedule:

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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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