I don't even know where to start but I do know that I read an awesome book. This was the first book that I read by Katie McGarry and by the way, I need to back read now. Another author added to the favorite list but let's chat about her latest, Say You'll Remember Me.
This was definitely one that had me hooked. I loved the characters and the parallel contrast of the lives of Drix and Elle as the story progress really makes you want to root for them. There's nothing better seeing the underdog get that rainbow in the end and nothing sweeter than when love has no barriers and defies society's expected of who should be together.
Hendrix, aka “Drix” is no angel but a second chance at life after he finished a program due to a plea he accepted for a crime that he didn't commit. A situation happened where he at the wrong place at the wrong time. Mistaken identity and a broken system for people like him did him no favors. Thinking that his friend committed the crime, rather than see him suffer, he took the fall knowing that he didn't do. With a lot of time to think about things, getting the answer to that question was on the forefront of his mind but getting those answers may lead him down a road that has potential dire consequences.
As part of the stipulation of the program, Drix was to become the spokesperson of the new program. That meant that he would be attending many events showcasing the benefits of getting a second chance and new start at life. One of the events, Drix happens to meet a girl named Elle. Their chemistry is instantaneous. Now, in any other circumstance, this would be a good thing but Elle wasn't just any ordinary girl, she was the daughter of the governor.
Elle is beautiful and has everything at her fingertips. The media has defined he as the perfect daughter and that expectation of image is expected of her parents. They have rules and expectations to follow and an image to uphold. Drix doesn't exactly fit the mold. As her father's campaign and push for recongition of this new program increases, her parents expectaions get a bit too much. She loses herself and the only person that makes her feel any sort of normalcy is Drix. Each on a search for answers leads them down a path of everything they could've wanted.
Overall, I really liked this book. I really appreciate the perspective of the characters. I liked how Drix being beyond the stereotype that society has on someone like him from that socio-economic background. Sometimes things happen and people change or want a second chance in life. Then when we look at people like Elle who has everything and people adore her on the outside and wish they had her life but it's not the fascade it's made out to be. It was really nice seeing barries broken and two people fight for each other to be better than they were independent and collectively was so bittersweet. Loved the supporting characters. They brought so much value to Drix and Elle. Here's another to add to the TBR list!