Author: Kylie Scott
Genre: Mature YA
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: July 18th, 2017
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Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.
While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.
“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”
I have one piece of advice for when reading TRUST by Kylie Scott.
Remember to exhale.
Seems pretty easy, huh? Well, I lost count over how many times I found myself holding my breath while reading this. It’s safe to say that some parts are pretty tense. And while it will have your heart racing, it’s also raw, romantic, bittersweet and tugs on all the heart strings.
I loved how authentic Edie felt. Not only all her thoughts and emotions during and after the robbery, but just how she is a teenage girl. Unsure of herself, and trying to figure out who she really is. Tough yet vulnerable. She has a good heart and a good head on her shoulders, yet at times doesn’t know her worth. It was heartwarming to see all her overcomes.
And John… swoon. It’s easy to think that John is the typical bad boy who turns soft for the girl, but that’s not the case at all with TRUST. John is heavily flawed, that’s true, but man, he has a heart of gold. He just might not realize that. He was, hands down, my favorite part of this book. There were so many levels to him and it was great seeing how much he changed from the beginning to the end. He was selfless, kind, funny, and even romantic. But most of all, he was a really good friend to Edie, when she needed it.
The relationship between the two is a slow burner. Obviously they have this connection, being in a traumatic even together, but their friendship starts off slow, and has it’s up and downs. And yes, as the friendship grows, there is an attraction there. Not to mention some serious sexual tension. And when they finally do cross that line? Well…. you’ll see. 😉
There are also some great secondary characters that really add to the story.
As much as I liked it, I do have a few minor complaints. They are minor and didn’t take anything away from the story at all, as you can see with my 4 star rating. 🙂 The one thing that did bug me a little was Edie didn’t always sound like a 17 year old. I’m not sure what it was. There were several times she used the word “properly” that just didn’t sound like something her character would say. John was a home run though!
The second thing was I felt one certain scene near the end was completely unnecessary. It felt like unneeded drama in my opinion, and the book already had enough suspense. I do know that others thought the scene was thrilling, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.
This isn’t a lighthearted read. It’s not your typically romance, but it is a great, unconventional love story that I think everyone should read! It’s hard to say too much about this book, as I don’t want to give it all away.
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