TRUST by Kylie Scott
Genre – Mature YA
Release Date: July 18, 2017
5 Perfect YA CROWNS
YA books are a hard sell for me. I don’t generally read them, but when Kylie Scott writes a YA book you read it, and Trust doesn’t disappoint.
I absolutely love these characters. John’s character is a tad more rebellious and damaged than Edie, but his evolution as a character is great. His decision to make changes, to be better for himself is wonderful because he drives this decision. Edie is everything I hope for my daughter to be. Yes, she has insecurities about her body, but who doesn’t. She is so much more than that. She is incredibly brave and confident in all other aspects of who she is. She looks for solid and real relationships, and surrounds herself with good people. I love that she has her own personality and embraces what she enjoys. She is truly a heroine who could teach teenage girls how to focus on things that matter in life, and they need that.
This story will ensnare readers from the opening pages. Kylie Scott tosses us right into the action, and while we see the fall out from the event, most of the story focuses on these two making changes and finding solace in each other. What will keep readers enticed is the relationship between John and Edie. It isn’t the steaminess of a romance, because it is YA, but there is a real connection that is established between these two. By the end of the book, Ms. Scott brings the story full circle, and this event really serves to showcase the full evolution of the characters.
As a mom, this is a story I would want my daughters to read for many reasons. There are topics of relationships, friendships, moving on from the past, changing for the better. Yes, there is alcohol and drugs, but this is a part of high school. It isn’t abused, and the author accurately represents how it plays into the life of not all but a lot of teens. As a teacher, I think this novel also has a lot to offer to class discussions: bullying, drugs, friendships, etc.
Trust is simply phenomenal. It integrates important YA topics with romance that will draw readers to pick it up. There is value to these characters and their story, making it much more than pure entertainment.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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“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.”
About the Author:
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/