I have a bit of a rollercoaster relationship with Ms. Scott’s books. Half of them I’ve loved, the other half it’s been a mixed bag for me, but regardless of the up and down nature of the relationship, I always want to get my hands on whatever she has coming out next and Trust was no exception to the rule. In fact my curiosity was bumped up a notch because she was diving into the YA realm and I wanted to see what she would do with it and I am happy to say that not only did I get totally sucked into the story from the first page and had a hell of a time putting it down, but I loved the direction she took things with John and Edie. Teenage angst and horrible decision making was there, but this YA story stuck to the more adult side of the genre and showed how one incident can bring about a shift in perspective and change a life forever.
It sounds wrong to say this, but I enjoyed watching Edie and John grow from the hellish experience that had them smashing into each others orbits. That one incident changed them both fundamentally, and pushed them out of the teenage zone and into the almost adulthood zone faster, but it took time for them the fully realize it. There was just that thing about Edie that had me connecting with her. She was sassy, a little random and geeky and had an inner strength that she didn’t even realize she had. I loved watching her come into her own and with the help of others, come to terms with what happened and how it affected her. John’s maturity and how perceptive he was, were what had me loving him. True, his previous activities may not have been on the up and up, but he realized he got lucky and wasn’t going to let that chance go.
Their strangers in a fucked up situation to kind of friends to lovers was all I thought it should be. Sounds strange to say, but when you look at how they met and all that happened after, they were fated to collide at some point. There were ups and downs, but nothing OTT angsty and for that I was grateful considering what they had already dealt with. While there was the typical ‘assumptions’ made, the honesty that flowed between them was what had me rooting for them to figure things out and finally be together. But while Edie and John’s relationship is the focus of the book, the other relationships that they build with those around them were just as important to their healing and Edie’s relationship with Hang was fun to watch grow and they had me cracking up with their antics and conversations.
Trust definitely falls on the hit list and I’m quite happy that I took the chance on it, and that I got approved to read it, because Ms. Scott really did a wonderful job with the story. It is very much YA/teenage drama and romance, but there is a maturity to it that made it such a great read. As always, the 1st person POV was done very well and this is one of the few times where I didn’t need another person’s perspective on what was going on. I’m crossing my toes that she’ll be doing more YA in the future because I’ll be right there waiting to snap up the next one!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed ~
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 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/