Title: Trust (Standalone)
By: Kylie Scott
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Genre: Mature YA
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: 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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**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from InkSlinger PR via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
Kylie Scott has such a unique way about her and she definitely shows that in her writing style. She pulled me in way back when her beloved rocker series, Stage Dive, first came out and I’ve been in love with her and her wittiness ever since. With Trust she took us on a different journey but one I enjoyed no less. It captivated me in its rawness and kept me wanting more. This book is a jewel for any YA fan; it’s adorable but you still get that hot, edgy factor at times…just enough to keep you wanting more. I also connected with the characters rather easily and for me, this is a big plus when reading any genre.
Edie was very relatable. On one side she was your typical, average teenage high school girl, but she also had insecurities (like we all do) and we see how Edie lives with that and ultimately what she does about it after the hostage situation in the very beginning of the book. Edie being in such a dire situation kind of knocked some life back into her; she didn’t want to sit on the side lines and watch life pass her by. She refused to be the victim any longer even if coming out of her shell and standing up for herself scared her…she did it anyway. To me, I think any woman can relate to this whether you’re overweight, underweight, average, etc because we all have some type of insecurity and that makes Kylie Scott pretty damn awesome in my book because she was able to touch so many people with just one amazing character. It’s hard putting yourself out there, esepcially when all you’ve ever done was try so hard to hide yourself away so in my opinion Edie is one of the strongest heroines I know of to date.
“He was beautiful and I . . . I was nothing. An out-of-her-depth girl who wore too much black and feared the bulk of society.”
John had it all. He’s the bad boy who’s trying to be better. The hostage ordeal affected more than just Edie’s life. John was there and he basically saw what his actions were doing potentially doing to others through that entire situation. Being the school drug dealer made him pretty cool with his peers, but after seeing what a junkie would do for drugs or because of drugs, it scared him and he didn’t want that on his hands. So, in a way his life is going opposite of Edie’s. Edie now wants to live a little and not be the shy, hidden away girl and John just wants to settle down and find the straight and narrow. His personality fit really well with Edie’s and I loved seeing them interact, not just on a possible romantic level, but watching them become friends as well. Kylie had me laughing out loud, though because she definitely brought out the “hot” and “romantic” factor in this book and I genuinely loved how she did it: She allowed Edie’s personality shine through!
“John Cole was stupidly beautiful, in that he was so beautiful it made me stupid.”
Their chemistry was good and it fit a YA novel. Kylie gave us romantic situations and aspects, but didn’t make it raunchy, in my opinion. She knows how to stick within the genre she’s writing, but I am amazed at how she can write in multiple ones and succeed. I believe that really says a lot about her as a writer.
I loved this book and enjoyed every minute of reading it. The paced flowed beautifully; nothing felt rushed or too slowed. It kept me intrigued and absorbed the entire time, in true Kylie fashion. I sincerely hope Kylie write many more YA novels in the future because she’s truly amazing at it!
***NOTE TO READERS*** The quotes above came from the advanced reader’s digital copy. They are subject to change and may/may not be in the final published copy of book.
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
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