Trust by Kylie Scott
Published by Kylie Scott
Publication Date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, 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.
Edie is spending the night at her friend Georgia’s house and having a movie night during summer break. They’re in the middle of a Harry Potter marathon but end up driving across town at midnight to fill up on snacks. Edie is dressed in pajamas but less revealing PJ’s than her friend so she heads into the Drop Stop to get the snacks. Unfortunately for Edie she ends up in the middle of a robbery that leaves two dead. One of the customers in the store starts talking to the robber and Edie starts to wonder if they’re together but she soon figures out that he’s trying to save their lives. After a crazy standoff Edie and the talker, John, make it out of the store with their lives.
Obviously Edie’s not the same person coming out as she was when she went into the store that night. Having a gun shoved into your mouth tends to make a person look at life differently. Edie just wants to be left alone and refuses all interviews but her best friend…ex-best friend goes on camera and twists everything that Edie had told her about John and how he’d helped out the night of the robbery. Edie is heartbroken. When she gets back to her private school she starts to get teased but the resident bully – as she has been for the past three years – but she finds she’s not going to take it any longer. After a horrible first day of school Edie ends up in the public school where she meets…John, her savior from the Drop Stop.
Everyone tells her to stay away from John as he’s the local pot dealer but John says he’s quite dealing and is trying to be a model citizen. After the night at the Drop Stop and seeing what drugs can do to a person, John is determined to have a better life. John tells Edie to stay away from him because she’ll look guilty for everything just by association. Edie doesn’t listen and soon the pair are inseparable. Can the two learn to trust each other enough to take their relationship farther or will their past come back to get them in the end?
This was such a great story. With the robbery scene happening right off the bat when the book begins it truly sucked me in. Scott wrote the scene so very well and I was actually scared while reading it – on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened. It was good.
The remainder of the story was Edie and John trying to deal with their lives and falling in love after their ordeal. It was a time of distrust for both of them and the way they dealt with their issues was worth reading about. John was what was considered a bad boy but he really had a good heart and was a good guy in the end. Edie needed John’s strength so that she could find her own in the end and she did, in a big way.
The story is a good and a book I definitely recommend.
Though only a couple of places were mentioned about the town that the book took place in, it was cool as I used to live in that town in Northern California. It was cool to read about that small but great town. 😊
Rating: 4 out of 5