Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

Posted July 18, 2017 by StaceyisSassy in Reviews, Young Adult / 2 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review:  Trust by Kylie ScottTrust by Kylie Scott
Published by Self-Published on July 18, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 382
Format: eARC
Source: 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.

 

Trust

By Kylie Scott

 

I enjoyed it but it’s hard to turn off my mum brain.

I know I can waffle. If you want to skip the waffling and go straight to my thoughts on Trust, go to the paragraph starting with ***.

Here’s the thing, I finished Grade 12/Senior at the age of sixteen. I had no desire to go on to further studies so my parents gave me an alternative…get a job or keep studying. I was determined and had a job secured before I even finished school. At seventeen, I was finished school, working and living like an adult. Yes, I was still at home, but, I was expected to act and behave like a responsible adult. Which is why I struggle to understand how an eighteen-year-old can sit in a class and have a teacher treat them like a little kid. I think I would have been attending regular sessions of detention because I told a teacher to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

And…this is why YA and I don’t always jell.

I tried hard, but I really don’t get YA and struggle to see myself in their shoes. The teenage “angsty love” in the school hallways is unfamiliar to me because I went to an all-girls Catholic school. The eighteen-year-old who has a curfew seems weird. Facing repercussions for sharing an opinion with a teacher seems wrong. As adults, we have repercussions and choices to make but I learnt them a lot younger than eighteen. I was an adult at eighteen. I did not hide behind my parents if I made a bad decision. I was not sent to the naughty corner to contemplate my bad decisions. If I ran out of money, I did without. That’s the way it was…back in the olden days. 😉

I tend to read YA with my mum hat on. I am analysing what I, as a parent, would do if my child went off the rails or was faced with angsty high school drama. When I read about body issues, alcohol, drugs and truancy, I’m wondering if I would have seen the signs. What rules will I have in place? Have I taught my kids right from wrong? Do they know that they’re loved unconditionally? Have I taught them to respect themselves as well as other around them? I can’t turn my mum brain off.

Reading YA kind of feels a little pervy and wrong. While I appreciate the beauty of the cover model, I can’t help thinking *he’s just a skinny kid*. While I appreciate and enjoy the story, the romance part is a little harder for me to enjoy.

As per usual, I’ve waffled on about stuff…

***Trust was pretty awesome. It was well written, dealt with some tough issues and had me feeling a wide range of emotions. Edie and John have faced one of the most horrific experiences and lived to tell the tale. Both of them came out the other side as different people with a different mindset. Edie realises it’s time to start living and to some extent, grow a backbone. John has lived a wild life but after his experience, he realises wild isn’t so great especially if you end up dead because of it. One wants to go a little wild and the other wants to take a step back from wild. Hopefully, they meet somewhere in the middle.

Look, if I was going to get converted and become a fan of YA, I think it would be Kylie Scott’s style of YA that would do it. The characters aren’t stupidly immature or reckless. Yes, they take unnecessary risks that made me tut-tut a little, but I can honestly say that I didn’t roll my eyes once. To me, that is definitely a sign of success. I liked the characters, found the storyline interesting and never felt frustrated or confused. There are some sexy shenanigans between the main characters as well as some thoughts and chatter about sexual situations. Trust does deal with death, depression, anger and drug addiction. You see it and you also see the fallout of dealing with it as well. It’s all handled really well.

While Young Adult Romance is not something I go looking for, Kylie Scott is. I really like her writing and enjoyed settling in for Edie and John’s emotional journey.

 

 

 

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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TRUST by Kylie Scott (Official Book Trailer) from FILM 14 on Vimeo.

 

 

“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”

I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”

“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”

“Bastard.”

“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.

“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“You barely know the guy.”

“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”

“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.

“No we are not.” And I retreated.

“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.

Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”

“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”

“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”

He said nothing.

Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”

He slowly shook his head.

“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”

“What? What the hell are you talking about?”

“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”

“This is crazy.”

“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”

He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”

“I’m just trying to be practical.”

“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”

“It does to me.”

Again, he said nothing.

In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.

“What?” I said, finally.

He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kyliescottimageKylie 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/

 

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2 responses to “Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

    • Thank you so much. I really am a fan of Kylie Scott and I think she applied her voice to a sub-genre I normally avoid, very well. I would even consider reading more YA if it was like this one. 🙂

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