Sunday, July 16, 2017

{Book Review} Trust by Kylie Scott



Trust by Kylie Scott
Published: July 18th, 2017
Series: Standalone
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
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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.

{Review}
I was a little hesitant when going into this book because YA contemporary romance is usually hit or miss for me, but I am SO glad that I gave this one a shot.  This book was full of depth, emotion, understanding and forgiveness.  It pulled at my heartstrings and made me fall in love with the characters.  I would say that this read leans more towards mature YA because of the themes and events that take place. 

This is my first book by Kylie Scott, but I have heard amazing things about her previous works and now I know why.  I loved that this book started off with a bang, gripping my attention from the first page and holding it throughout the entire story.  The scenarios that these characters had to endure were full of raw and gritty emotion.  It felt very real and honest without any unnecessary added drama.  I was very happy with how this story played out, but I loved it so much, I wish that there would have been more!

The themes in this book really hit home for me.  I have read many coming of age stories, but I really related to the main character, Edie, and the struggles she had to endure.  Insecurities about weight, bullying, accepting oneself, finding loyal friends, and navigating high school social circles are all issues that I think will resonate with readers.  However, Edie experiences a traumatic event that has left her with crippling guilt and fear that she must also overcome while navigating her high school years.  I was very happy that the story was told in her POV because she was the perfect YA female protagonist. 

I also LOVED John and how misunderstood his character was!  His struggle with not being judged by his past and wanting to try to change the direction of his future was very enduring.  He was very mature for his age and did not blame other people for their opinions of him.  He knew that it would take hard work to prove that he was changing and he was willing to put in the effort to show it.  I think this is the first time that I have ever said this, but I was glad that none of the chapters were in John’s POV.  Not because I would not have LOVED them, but I thought that keeping his feelings and motives mysterious added a special element to this story that kept me turning the pages!

I L-O-V-E-D the romance in this book!  It was slow burning, authentic and full of heart.  Edie and John’s relationship began as friendship and then evolved into something more.  The connection that these two characters shared was beautiful.  They were bonded over a traumatic event that no one else could understand and helped each other forgive and understand the experiences they had to endure. 

I really LOVED this book!  I enjoyed every aspect….the writing, plot, characters and romance were all perfect.  It pulled at my heartstrings and made me feel nostalgic about my high school years.  I am very excited to pick up more books by Kylie Scott and can’t wait to enjoy more of her reads!

{Rating}


“I knew what mattered now.  What was life and death.  Everything else was just bulls*it everyday details.”

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