Review ~~ Trust by @KylieScottBooks
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.
Stephanie’s 5 Blush Up all Night Review
I love love loved this book! I was hesitant at first to read it because it was YA but I love Kylie Scott and took a chance. What an amazing read! Kylie Scott captures the essence of youth, of life, of moments. The first few chapters had me on the edge of my seat!
Edie Millen runs out with her BFF for the always important movie marathon snacks. Her mission is cut short when the “Drop Shop” gets robbed while Edie is in the store.
There was a gun. A gun. This was happening, right here. Right now.
The robbery was a heart pounding, gut wrenching, intense situation. An unlikely hero comes to Edie’s rescue, John Cole. Known for being a badass and trouble, John is in the Drop Shot when the robbery occurs. The robbery has a profound effect on both Edie and John.
Edie’s changes were swift and immediate. She faced near death was not going to tolerate the usual nonsense of being picked on and made fun of at the fancy private school she attended. She is trying to deal with the trauma of that night.
“You’re in your senior year Edie. Changing schools right now would be a huge disruption.” “No, Mom,” ……”Nearly getting killed was a huge disruption. Changing schools would be a relief.”
New school, new mantra, new me – and I had no fucks to give.
Meanwhile, at the public school, John Cole is also making some swift changes. Going to class, doing homework and trying to get the teachers to give him a chance and take him seriously.
John and Edie form an amazing bond. They realize that they can help each other heal and deal with the trauma of that night. The story unfolds beautifully. It was real, raw, heart pounding, emotional and FUNNY! I felt like I was looking into a window as the story unfolded.
The story will stay with you long after the last page is read. A bittersweet book hangover. Bitter because the story is over but sweet because of the magic that was created in between the pages. If this is how Kylie Scott does YA then I want more!
As I said above the book is funny too. Here is something that had me laugh…..
Unfortunately, I found it hard to care. I mean, what did it matter? Life went on; no one died as a result. The principle said it would go on my permanent record. Permanent? Please. Bullets were permanent. Everything else was temporary.
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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.”
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/