Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

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 received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. 

This is not the type of book I usually go for. I tend to avoid anything with a shirtless dude on the cover. However, the somewhat recent cover trend with the black and white picture and the soft color in the text is one that I really like. I also somehow missed the part in the synopsis that the loss of virginity was a plot point, which is also something I usually avoid. Despite those things, ever since I read Deanna’s (from A Novel Glimpse) review of this book I was intrigued. I’m so glad I decided to give Trust a try because I ended up really liking it.

The story starts out pretty intense with Edie becoming a hostage in a convenience store robbery. Scott did a really good job of creating the threatening atmosphere and I could feel Edie’s fear. John tries to keep the drugged up robber calm and it looks like things might be ok for awhile, before ending badly. During the fall out Edie loses her best friend and ends up changing schools, where she meets John once again.

The story is told in Edie’s 1st person POV and I felt a pretty strong connection to her. I identified a lot with her insecurities. Her new attitude from walking away from the convenience store was basically that nothing that wasn’t life and death mattered and that was kind of concerning. However, as the story goes on she does start to take the consequences of her actions (to both her and those around her) more seriously, while still being able to rise above the Mean Girl drama/insults that used to affect her. While I think she still has a way to go, I did appreciate her growth. And a lot of that had to do with John. I LOVED John. Before the convenience store he was a drug dealer and lived with his brother, who was also a dealer. Afterwards, though, he gave it up, moved in with his uncle, and started to take school more seriously. While he still indulged in some behavior I didn’t really approve of, I really respected how he got his life together and how much he changed. I loved how he looked out for Edie and was so sweet with her and I really enjoyed their friendship and shipped them to becoming more.

There were a few bits I didn’t like. Since John only dealt weed and not harder drugs and it was the only drug he sometimes did it was portrayed as no big deal. If I may get on my soap box for a moment, I think casual drug use is a really damaging thing to include in YA. While there was definitely an anti-“hard”-drug message, it felt counterproductive to include the casual marijuana use. The other thing I didn’t love was the sexual content. While I did think the subject was dealt with responsibly, there were a few scenes that I thought were far, far too explicit for YA.

Overall, I really did enjoy Trust. I liked the characters, especially John, and the relationship between him and Edie. Though I had my issues with it, it was a fast, easy read that I did not want to put down.  I’ve read a few books recently where I felt like I had to really push myself to finish, but this one I could not get enough of and is the reason I’m bumping up my final rating a bit. This is my first book by Kylie Scott and I’d like to read more from her.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars