24 January 2018

Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: January 30th 2018 by Harlequin Teen.
"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 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 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.”

Review by Kelly

Ugh! I love Katie’s books! They are just raw and deal with real life issues and don’t sugar coat things! They always leave me drained of all energy and thinking for days afterwards about the characters in the books! This one is no different! Where does she even get all this information and ideas from?

Hendrix, AKA Drix, was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. He was going down hill and making some bad choices with drugs and alcohol. But he did not commit armed robbery. He was stupid enough to pass out behind the store that was robbed and there was just enough idea of evidence to convict him so he took a plea bargain. They (they being his older brother as his guardian and his younger sister) didn’t have the money for a decent lawyer. This still gave him a second chance on life with therapy and treatment. He did come out of it a better person with better options. His records were to be sealed.

But on the first day of many speaking with the governor about the second chance program and its success at the local fairgrounds, it got out that Drix met the governor's daughter at the fair prior to the press meeting. Drix didn’t know who she was. They just played Whack a Mole together. Then later he saw two guys harassing her and he stepped in to help but stated it would be non violently. He helped her out. In that moment, something happened and the governor asked him to tell everyone what his crime was publicly that day. Well, that didn’t go well!! Now people will judge and convict Drix every time they see him! It limited his opportunities.

That day would change Drix and Elle, the governor's daughter. They slowly got to know each other as friends and then they saved a dog from drowning and even that went wrong as far as the parents of Elle and being friends with Drix would go. So they kept their friendship and later their girlfriend/boyfriend relationship a secret from everyone. But when Katie McGarry writes her characters in a book, she doesn’t play easy with parents and teenagers. Things can be brutal just like real life and sometimes worse! Because Elle lives a privileged life and Drix doesn’t.

Then we have Drix’s family. It is a ragtag bunch of them but they are more family than most traditional families are. They know they are loved for the most part and are safe. They are led by the eldest brother and include other people who have bad home lives and come to crash there because it is safe at Drix’s home! The house is old and tiny and needs lots of repairs and remodeling but it’s a home. Drix is a good guy. He is moving forward and trying to make good choices and he loves music and plays many instruments.

Then we have politics. I hate politics. And Elle's reeks of all the nastiness it can create and it gave me such a headache of hopelessness, I seriously had to take some ibuprofen! I just couldn’t see any way that this was going to turn out ok in the end. When everything started to come together towards the end and all answers were being shared, I was crying at some parts and angry at others and wanting to jump in and do something myself!

Don’t expect everything to be hunky dory in the end of her books because something has to change!

If you love to read about politics, taking in stray dogs, second chances, being the underdog, taking the fall for someone else, family, fighting for your life, fighting for what is right, fighting for your own beliefs and standing up to others no matter the cost and finding someone who loves you no matter what, then this might be for you!

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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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