Trustby Kylie Scott
Published by Self Published on July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my 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.
Kylie Scott is an “auto-read” author of mine ever since I’ve read some of her Stage Dive series. There’s just something about her character’s personalities and their dialogue that calls to my funny bone, my brain when it’s pretending to be smart, and my sappy, sensitive heart. Ms. Scott is mostly know for her contemporary romances so when I saw she was writing a young adult romance, I piddled a little in glee. Yes, that happens at my age. Look forward to it.
Geared towards the older young adult audience, this story starts off horribly with a scary convenience store robbery and morphs into a sweet romance by the end. On it’s way, Ms. Scott manages to touch on subjects such as bullying and stereotypes. Of the two, the small stereotyping thread to the story really interested me the most. I haven’t read many stories where a character tried to change for the better but was met with resistance from people who should be encouraging and supportive. Got my hackles all raised up!!
I’m purposely not going into too many details about the story because the synopsis gives the reader just the right amount of information that you need to know. I was surprised that the story was so much more than I expected. I adored the character of John as soon as I met him. Yes, he’s not perfect by any means. But Ms. Scott wrote his character perfectly for this story. Edie really deserved her happily ever after.
If you like young adult romance that is bit more “risque” or, dare I say, on the hotter side, you will definitely enjoy this story. There isn’t a lot of sex but what there is, it is done very tastefully, for what it is 🙂
Normally I don’t include trailers but this one kind of nails the beginning of the book without giving too much away…
Annnnd… if that wasn’t enough. Ms. Scott changed her cover just this past week. This new cover fits the story a little bit better but I still LOVE her older cover. Both are fantastic, though!