Review: Trust by Kylie Scott #TGPUL

Posted February 4, 2018 by Shari in Reviews, The Great Pick Up Line, Sweet Delight / 12 Comments

Review: Trust by Kylie Scott #TGPUL

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Genres: Young Adult Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 18, 2017
Pages: 363
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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“You’re here?”
“Because this is where you are.”

The Delight

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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About Kylie Scott

Kylie 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 or join her Facebook Fan Goup:

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • I like that the teens were true to their age and yet you could connect to their story as they try to get past such an awful situation. I still need to read a Kylie Scott story.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      She kept it all true to what I expect from teenagers (I guess my teens are different, but this could happen to them). Kylie Scott writes all of her stories in first person, which took a bit to get used too, but she writes really great in first person.

  • I have only read one Kylie Scott story but really enjoyed it. I have almost bought this book several times since it was released. I am going to have to go for it sometime soon. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Go for it. It’s pretty good. Take it from someone who doesn’t really enjoy YA stories.

  • I’ve pretty much read all this authors books with the exception of this one. I do have it in my tbr pile. I am glad to hear it’s so good. I do enjoy YA as long as it’s good YA.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am not a YA fan, but the author knows how to write. I have read all of her books but one right now.

  • Karen

    I had heard a lot of good things about this one it first came out. I’ve liked a few of the authors other books too.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I gobble up everything Kylie Scott writes. I can’t wait for her next one.

  • I was wondering about this one so I’m glad to see someone review it 😀 Thank ya!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      If you like YA, this is a pretty good one with all the teenage attitudes, discovery, tragic events and all.

  • jeez this book sounds like it packs quiet a punch. Not sure if I have read anything by this author yet, but great review!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      This packed quite the punch. The opening scene got you going and it wasn’t the only scene to keep you jumping. I love Kylie Scott’s writing. I am not a YA fan, but I couldn’t put this book down.