Author: Kylie Scott
Genre: Mature YA Contemporary
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
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 want to start off by saying that the beginning of this book is intense. By reading the synopsis, you have a general idea of what’s going to happen, but if you’re sensitive to depictions of extreme violence, I would be very wary. What happens to Edie and John is brutal, and the author chose not to shy away from that brutality in her depiction. I loved this book, and I want to shout my praises on the rooftops, but I know that some people are very sensitive to violence, and I don’t want anyone to be uncomfortable. With that said, let’s get into my thoughts.
This book is so steamy. It’s definitely on the mature side of YA for adult content for both violence and sexual content. The sex scenes were so well written. I never felt like I was cringing (c’mon, we’ve all read cringey love scenes), and a few scenes even made me blush a bit. Edie and John’s relationship does move a bit fast for normal standards, but they’re two teens who just went through a traumatic event that basically bonded them for life. There’s no such thing as normalcy for them at the moment. Even though they were brought together by trauma, their relationship never felt like it was dependent on that trauma, if that makes sense.
Speaking of their trauma, I felt like their respective healing processes were handled well. Edie and John deal with what happened to them in different ways, but they were both very supportive of each other’s coping, and you could tell they both genuinely wanted to help the other move on from what happened. There was serious positive character growth throughout the story from both of them.
Trust by Kylie Scott is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a more mature YA read. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.