Did Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry live up to the hype? (Audio Review)

Posted March 26, 2018 by Tina in Reviews / 0 Comments

Did Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry live up to the hype? (Audio Review)Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Narrator: Charlotte North, J. F. Harding
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Published by Harlequin Teen on January 30th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 452
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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2.5 Stars

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.

Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence, Emotional and Psychological Abuse, Sexual Assault, Gun Violence

Say You’ll Remember Me was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. I had extremely high expectations because the cover was gorgeous and the synopsis sounded like something right up my alley.

I was so eager to read Say You’ll Remember Me that I put the audiobook and the eBook on hold at the library in hopes that one of them would be ready for me to read. The audiobook was actually the first one available and I will admit that I was a bit hesitant to listen to the audiobook because I’m not a huge fan of contemporary novels on audiobook but I waited so long for Say You’ll Remember Me that I decided to give the audiobook a chance.

The Story
Say You’ll Remember Me can be summed up by saying that it is a guy from the wrong side of the train tracks falls for the girl on the right side of the train tracks. Now, you know that I am a sucker for these type of stories especially when they deal with politician daughter’s which is the case in Say You’ll Remember Me. I have extremely high expectations for politician stories because of The Wrong Side Of Right and unfortunately Say You’ll Remember Me did not live up to my expectations.

Say You’ll Remember Me is told in Hendrix and Elle’s point of view. The story takes place after Hendrix or Drix is released from the Second Chance Program created by Elle’s father. Drix spent a year (I can’t remember the exact number) but he did a little bit of time in juvenile detention and another in the second chance program for a crime he didn’t commit. Drix knows he didn’t commit the crime and he’s unsure who actually did commit the crime but he did the time and he’s actually turned his life around. The story follows Drix after he exits the program and now he is going on tour with the senator to prove that the Second Chance Program does indeed work.

I loved the concept of the story, I do believe we need to do something about the school to prison pipeline. I do believe we need to do something to help the youth who are on the wrong path. And I also do believe that especially the poor do sign plea deals because they have no other choice. I felt like that was well represented in the book.

The Characters
Drix was our main character and to be honest I liked him a lot more compared to Elle and I don’t know if it was because I could understand him better than Elle. He was very sweet, very caring. He seemed like the type of person who will do anything for you even though he doesn’t have much. I felt like throughout the entire story he was able to prove that he truly changed his life and even though we didn’t see much about him before the crime and I kind of wish we did because I would have loved to him completely grow.

Elle was our other main character and my least favorite. She was the senator daughter and she was the blonde blue-eyed goody two shoes that was focused on helping her dad. She was doing every single thing her parents wanted her to do. She was taking all the classes they wanted, she did everything and anything they wanted. So much she didn’t even tell her parents a much older senator touched her inappropriately so that it wouldn’t cost her father a place in the government. It took almost the entire book for her to finally start growing into her own. I did finally like her at the end but I felt like it was a little too late for her.

Even though I understood Elle’s parents wanting her to have a better life than them. I felt like they overdid it. And at one point, Elle and her parents were all on my nerves. I felt like her parents always took it too far. Like she wasn’t treated like a daughter more like an employee and a trophy daughter. It was so frustrating! It honestly made me hate the book because I am tired of the stereotypical young adult parents. TIRED. GIVE ME GOOD PARENTS! GIVE ME SUPPORTIVE PARENTS!

I absolutely loved the side characters some of my favorites were Axel and Thor. Axel was amazing side character, I think Axel was my age so I felt like I understood Axel the most. I would love to have had an entire story about him.

Thor was the best character in the story (aside from Axel). But he was done so dirty. (THE FOLLOWING IS A SPOILER AND ALSO THE PART WHERE I TELL YOU I AM A TERRIBLE HUMAN BEING SO BE WARNED!)Thor is the puppy that Drix and Elle found. Thor was dropped into a lake in a box and almost died but thankfully Drix and Elle saved him and Drix adopts him. Thor was an amazing dog. But he was done so wrong. If a dog dying is not for you, then this is not for you. I would have much preferred one of the main characters die and not the dog!!! Honestly #JusticeForThor

The Romance
This could definitely be interpreted as a forbidden romance because Drix is poor and Elle has lived a privileged lifestyle. They did have an immediate attraction but they also became friends first and really blossomed into love and I really appreciated that.

The Narrators
The audiobook is approximately 11 hours and 23 minutes. It features a dual narration, which is something I really enjoy.

J.F. Harding narrates Drix and I do believe this is the first book I’ve listened to that is narrated by him. I much preferred Harding’s narration versus Charlotte North. Charlotte narrated Elle’s part and I just didn’t enjoy her narration. It was also my first book narrated by Charlotte. I would probably listen to a book narrated by both.

Overall thoughts
This book did not live up to my expectations. I expected something more. This was also my first Katie McGarry book and I may give her another chance. I personally enjoyed Drix character more and I would have loved just a story about him and Thor because they both deserved better.

Say You’ll Remember Me can be summarized in one sentence: #JusticeForThor

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Did Say You’ll Remember Me live up to the hype? Nope it did not. I’d pass on this one.

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2.5 Stars