Format: ebook, 452 pages
My rating: 3/5
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.
The local fair in my town just ended, and I really wanted a book to fit the festive mood. I of course reached for this Katie McGarry book. I mean, look at that gorgeous cover. I’m not typically a romance reader, so I was really excited to read something different. Say You’ll Remember Me ended up surprising me with some it’s deeper discussions about politics, identity, and crime rates among underprivileged communities.
“Fair midways are my happy place. Rides with merry, shrieking people are to my right, and to my left are the bells and lights of games.”
Elle and I are on the same page with this one. Who doesn’t love the excitement and extravagance of a fair midway? However, her night turns sour when two boys begin harassing the solo seventeen-year-old. Their persistence causes Hendrix, a stranger from the whack-a-mole game, to intervene. Neither party knows who the other is, but they are both a little taken with each other. I have to say that their interest was done very well, and it didn’t feel like insta-love at all. It was more of an authentic portrayal of charmed teenagers. In fact, Drix and Elle’s romance is definitely a slow burn, so I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone who wants instant gratification in that department.
When Drix and Elle meet at the press conference, they both realize that any chance at a relationship is not possible. Drix is a self-branded “bad boy” (even if he’s the only one who thinks so) that could never date a governor’s daughter, and Elle’s parents would never let their control slip like that.
“I know she likes what she sees, I like what I see, too, and that’s a problem for both of us.”
Ah, the forbidden romance. Yes, Elle’s parents love controlling every aspect of her life, which is one of the many reasons this couple shouldn’t happen. Of course, this is a romance book people. There had to be some turmoil before they could truly be a couple.
Elle’s family was one of my favorite areas of this book. I had my suspicions about her parents from the start, and they certainly grew into different roles by the close of the novel. I also really enjoyed the family dynamic on Drix’s side, and can appreciate the representation it offers for unorthodox families. However, I felt like these secondary characters could have been further fleshed out.
Elle’s struggle with finding herself was something I truly related to. She was having difficulty deciding what her life looked like outside of her father’s campaign, especially when she wasn’t allowed to follow her dreams. Being a senior in high school, I absolutely understand the struggle of deciding your future.
My biggest issue with Say You’ll Remember Me is how lengthy the book is. I felt that the pacing was rather slow, particularly in the first half of the novel. Over four hundred pages is pretty hefty for this type of book, and I did not feel like it added much to the story.
Drix and Elle’s journey ended up being the perfect read for my lighthearted fair mood. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a slow burn romance with some more serious elements mixed in.