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.
Published by Self-pub on July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Kylie Scott has quite the repertoire of romances under her belt and though I’m not too familiar with those previous works, except for one, I was instantly intrigued about her dive into YA!
Right from page one I was instantly hooked. While movie marathon-ing with a friend, Edie makes a junk food stop at the convenient store and finds herself amid a robbery gone wrong. It’s intense and frightening and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Edie manages to survive with the help of a boy who also found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, John. These two develop a unique friendship and bond that no one else could understand. And slowly, a romance brews.
Edie and John both handle their new realities quite different from each other. Edie is really struggling to get a grasp on the aftermath. Her best friend breaks her trust and then she has to switch schools after getting into a fight. She does become stronger, standing up for herself and refusing to be taken advantage of again, which I adored about her. She also embraces her plus size body and makes wonderful new friends at her new school. And while I loved all those things about her, I can’t deny she was a smidge over the top for me at times. She often threw caution to the wind and went a little overboard, not thinking her actions completely through, but I appreciated her determination to be in charge of her destiny. John was the complete opposite, settling down from his previous bad boy and drug dealing ways and trying to turn over a new leaf in wake of his brush with death. He was so incredible sweet and swoony when it came to Edie! They developed this comradery of sorts to be there for each other to talk through all their demons of that tragic night and sort of balanced each other out in those ways. Their friendship really builds and though they go through a lot of miscommunication as they feel out the bounds of their burgeoning relationship, perhaps a little too much miscommunication if I’m being honest, that slow burn romance I adore so much was a great payoff.
On a whole, I really enjoyed this read and flew through it. The romance is incredibly realistic and set at just the right pacing for a story filled with characters overcoming such traumatic instances in their lives. There’s nail-biting action, diversity, swoons, and characters to fall for!
**I would say Trust falls in the Mature/Upper YA category. There is sex and though it is very realistic for the ages of the characters (17-18), it is a little more detailed then your typical YA, in my opinion.