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

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


Review & Excerpt Tour



by Katie McGarry


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

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME – Katie McGarry – 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


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

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


“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.



I read my first Katie McGarry novel in October of 2014. Even after so many years, I still remember how captivated, and engaged I felt. I devoured the book even though it was strictly YA. Since then I read more and more YA – including many exceptional books by other authors. But Katie McGarry’s books were pretty much the first young adult novels I ever gave a try.

Say you’ll Remember Me was the first book by this author I picked up in recent years and I’m glad to report, nothing has changed. I’m still as engrossed as ever before.

For me, her books are TRUE representations of the Young Adult genre. Authentic teenage troubles. Characters that struggle with real and relatable situations. And she excels at writing teenage relationships that work without immediately jumping into bed.

Her writing is fluent, smart, engaging and engrossing. I was immediately sucked in. Delighted by the characters, and falling in love with the story and cast.

I loved the forbidden aspect of the plot. The convict, and the governor’s daughter. Drix and Elle were both mature, and very aware of their responsibilities towards family and society. They both struggled to find a middle ground, a way to be themselves, while simultaneously satisfying everyone else’s expectations.

The depth of feelings between the couple was true, tangible, and a delight. Their trust in each other, as well as their never-ending faith was heartwarming and distinctively Katie McGarry. She excels in writing characters that are beyond their years and display a maturity that delights me to no end. And a good amount of angst and wonderful honest dialogues left me raw and deeply engaged.

I was very happy that I picked up this novel. It brought back memories and confirmed why I enjoyed her Pushing the Limits Series so much. I’m looking forward reacquainting myself with there work. 

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

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




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

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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12 thoughts on “SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME by Katie McGarry – Review & Excerpt Tour & Giveaway

    1. You should;-) she writes fantastic YA, realistic without the doom and gloom. And her pushing the limits novels were some of my very first YA books ever.:-)

  1. Katie McG has always been so good at creating characters I love and want to succeed. I wanted Elle’s family to really see her, and I wanted Drix to actually be given a legit second chance. I also adore “the family” and Drix and Elle was totally shippable. Great review!

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