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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.
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I went into Trust pretty much blind. I was vaguely aware of what it was about, a teen romance, and that’s about it. The book has one of the most compelling openings that I have ever read. It took me aback (in a good way), and also did a fabulous job at hooking me in. Once I started, it was impossible for me to put Trust down. It reminded me a bit of the old-school YA contemporary books – you know the ones, heavy on the romance and with a dash of angst, but with more diversity.
Trust opens up with a bang with a robbery gone bloody. In the midst of it are Edie and John, who happen to be the only two who make it out of the convenience store alive. This whole event sets the tone of the entire book, which was slightly darker than I expected. I usually would have shied away from a story like this one, but Kylie Scott does a terrific job at also making the story one of growth, healing and hope. Edie was a great protagonist. First off, I loved that she was plus-sized and unapologetically so! I think one of my concerns whenever I’m reading a YA book with a fat heroine is that the whole story will revolve around her fatness and her trying to shed those extra pounds. Thankfully, that’s not what happens here. Edie was fat, and she did not try to change who she is. She was comfortable in her body and did not care what other people thought of her.
Trust is the story of Edie dealing with the deadly robbery that she witnessed, and the PTSD she struggled with in the aftermath. Kylie Scott did not hold back. Edie’s experience were raw and real. To top it all off, her best friend breaks her trust, so Edie decides to switch schools, starting over again. All wasn’t bleak in her life though. She had an awesome mom, who was very protective of her, but who was also open and really cool. I loved her relationship with her mother, mostly because this was a mom who was very involved in her daughter’s life. It wasn’t without its complications, but these two trusted each other, and were willing to listen to each other, which gave their mother-daughter relationship a solid foundation. Edie also made new friends at her new school, and I was especially happy she found a supportive friend in Hang. Also bonus? Her friends are a diverse bunch!
I’m sure you all are itching to know more about John and the romance here. Meet my newest book boyfriend! Let me tell you, he was a swoony god, who made me feel all the feels with how good and respectful he was to Edie. He initially had that secretive bad boy trope going on for him, but he was more than just a stereotypical bad boy. Sure, he had his moments in the past especially dealing with drugs, but John was reformed now, and was trying to make a better life for himself. He was quiet, introverted, but also intense.
He provided the perfect balance to Edie, in my opinion. They found solace with one another and bond over their shared experience, developing a friendship in the process. There is no “saving each other” in their relationship, but there’s no denying that they helped the other person deal with their circumstances better. The friendship was sweet, but the slow-burn romance that materialized over the course of Trust was the best. It’s full of deliciously swoony tension and chemistry, banter, and kissing that will leave readers breathless. Trust also explored sex in a very authentic way, and I loved how Kylie Scott had her characters talk about it before they slept with each other. Also, props to her for not sugarcoating what a teen’s first time can be like.
Anyways, Trust was an addicting book and I loved every moment of it. It’s more than just a sexy slow-burn romance, with themes of overcoming your fears, PTSD and growing up. 10/10 would recommend this one for anyone seeking a new favorite YA contemporary read.