Published by Kylie Scott on July 18, 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.
I’ve been meaning to check out Kylie Scott’s books for quite some time now. When I saw she had a YA novel out, I decided that would be the perfect place to start. Trust was definitely a good place to start but I do have higher hopes for Kylie Scott’s other books.
First off, I wouldn’t really classify Trust as YA. It’s closer to New Adult, in my opinion. Sex is discussed pretty frequently and pretty openly between the characters. I don’t have any issue with that and I don’t think that should necessarily remove it from the YA classification but I know it may bother some readers.
Trust starts off with a literal bang. It probably has one of the most captivating hooks in all of the books I’ve read recently. Edie finds herself held hostage in a robbery and the near death experience completely changes her life and her outlook on life. However, once the whole robbery thing was over, things slowed down considerably and I found my thoughts drifting from the story a couple times. It’s far from boring but with a beginning like that, the middle and end really need to live up to it. The end definitely did but the middle could have used some work.
Edie’s whole outlook on living life to the fullest was understandable but she went about things the wrong way. She didn’t look for experiences, she just wanted to check things off a list. She did not have a great attitude about life or people. She didn’t trust most people in her life and the people that she let into her life, couldn’t get very close. I have a feeling she had some of these issues before the robbery but they really came out after her near death experience. I just wanted to smack some sense into her.
The romance was a little slow and then a little out of nowhere. Yes, it was obvious from the start that she was going to develop feelings for John. As for John, he didn’t seem to be all that into her. He didn’t have a ton of personality and they didn’t have a whole lot to build their relationship on, other than the shared experience of the robbery. They didn’t talk all that much and it seemed like they wouldn’t have worked as a couple. This one just didn’t work for me.
Overall, Trust was a quick read that I don’t regret reading, however, I don’t necessarily put it at the top of my recommendation list. I won’t give up on Kylie Scott’s books just yet but I do think I’ll lower my expectations from here on out.
What others are saying about Trust:
Natasha is a Book Junkie’s review: “For a book with such deep themes, this was an easy read, told in an entertaining narrative that draws us along like a conversation with a close friend.”
The Bookish Sisters’ review: “Even if you’re not a fan of Young Adult books, I promise you’ll find yourself hanging on to every single word of this fun coming-of-age book.”