Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 18, 2017
“Because this is where you are.”
I don’t read much YA, but this is Kylie Scott and you can’t pass up a story by her. The writing was engaging and rich with deep meaning when life takes a bad turn. The romance is stilted at times, but isn’t young love awkward anyway? Warning: This is a YA book, but there is sex. While not graphic, it may not be for all young readers.
Trust is the story of Edie and John, high school students thrown into a bad situation from page 1. Edie and her best friend need snacks so Edie runs in to buy the junk food and a gas station, only to have a drug addict rob the store, killing people and terrorizing them. John’s in the store make a deal, only to try and save everyone by identifying with the robber who knows him through his older brother.
Now the two are dealing with the aftermath. Edie’s friend betrays her trust and she decides the private school she goes to, isn’t really for her. John decides he likes life and doesn’t want to end up like his brother. He stops ditching class, studying and going straight. No one believes him except for Edie. The two become unlikely friends.
Scott does a great job of writing about their fears, the aftermath of their tragedy and the unlikely friendship and love that come from it all. Edie is now rebelling and pulling into herself. John is dealing with the disbelief of authority figures as he really tries to turn around his life. The dismay they both feel and don’t know how to cope with brings on a need to act out or change their circumstances.
There is sex in the book. I wouldn’t say it is the focus of the story and nor terribly graphic. Teenagers haven’t got their swagger or maturity on to make these comfortable to read about. Hell, I have teenage daughters so I felt uncomfortable reading it. But that’s my hang up, not the writer’s.
I loved the fact that the author stayed true to teenagers being teenagers. Insecurity, bluffing you way through confidence, the heartbreak of first love in the good and bad points, friends being cruel, but also friends having your back with the going gets tough. The supporting characters were just as colorful and wonderful as the main characters. Interweaved through the story, they bring out the characters as they learn to change, grow up and deal with situations that just aren’t normal or easy to deal with.
While I am still not a young adult romance fan, I did fall in love with the story of this couple as they go through the trials of life with a traumatic situation jumbling their emotions. It was sad, delightful and trying story to read. What an unexpected delight.
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