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.
I loved the premise of Trust: a traumatic event bringing two unlikely people together and being the catalyst for an introverted young woman to reevaluate her life. Edie starts the book as a social outcast at her private, all-girls school, but after having a gun held to her head and watching people die, things change for her. Edie shares her story with us as she navigates PTSD and the accompanying rage that leads her to a new school and to new friends that help shape the person she finds looking back at her in the mirror every day.
John Cole was in the convenience store with Edie and saves her life. A high school drug dealer, John’s life is also changed in the horrific moments that unfolded that night. He recognized his future when he stared into the eyes of the strung-out drug addict that robbed him of the rest of his childhood. The connection between Edie and John made sense as they turned to each other for support.
As they hold each other up through sleepless nights and the unrecognizable lives they’re now living, a friendship develops that’s as unlikely as it is delightful. Author Kylie Scott created a fantastic character when she wrote Edie. Raised by a single mom who isn’t around much, Edie would rather be reading than interacting with people. She’s overweight and while she owns her body shape, she’s also very conscious of where being big places her on the social spectrum. She’s snarky and smart and determined to shed her good girl persona because she now knows death can happen at any time. It isn’t surprising when Edie starts to fall for John, who’s as popular as she is socially awkward. What is surprising to Edie is when he starts to return her feelings. Their dance around their burgeoning romance is real and organic and fun, yet doesn’t fall into sappiness or clichés. These two challenge each other even as they’re battling the trauma which has taken over their lives.
Trust bravely takes on some timely subjects like gun violence, body image, bullying, and drug addiction. I was disappointed that as the romance grew between Edie and John, it seemed as though these issues became watered down. I was sad to see the social issues take a backseat to the romance, especially as the romance segued into some very adult love scenes. While the events of that fateful night do eventually rear its ugly head, to me it felt anticlimactic. And, the ending doesn’t feel worthy of the story that preceded it, wrapping everything up in a nice little bow.
So, why 4 stars and not 3? I’ve asked myself this and here’s why: I loved reading this book despite the last 15-20%. The horrible events of the night that brought John and Edie together are gritty and set up a good story. I loved John and Edie. Together and individually they’re great. The supporting cast is fantastic, especially Anders and Hang. They provide some of the best moments of the story, adding a lighthearted feel to an otherwise serious book. I thought the story realistic and timely. It flowed naturally and except for the momentary slip into too descriptive love scenes, I think Trust is a book I’d recommend to any teenager I know.
4 Stars for Trust. Heat level: 3
I received a copy of Trust from NetGalley and InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
Trust was published in July 2017 by the author.
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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/
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