"TRUST is a story you can sink your teeth into and characters you care about!"
Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted July 17, 2017
New Adult | Romance Contemporary
TRUST is a standalone novel by Kylie Scott centered around
two teenagers and the fallout from a convenience store
robbery gone bad. Rather than a guy and a girl meeting at a
party or some other conventional way, 17-year-old Edie
Millen and 18-year-old John Cole are drawn together by a
traumatizing close brush with death. While I normally go for
romances with much lighter themes, TRUST has many aspects
that make this book a compelling and entertaining read.
Over the course of this book, the classic teenage odyssey
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger is referenced and it
is almost impossible for the reader not to naturally draw
parallels. Although the main characters in TRUST are not
rich kids, this story has a lot of the same charm and
enjoyable, realistic dialogue as Sean Wilsey's memoir OH
THE GLORY OF IT ALL.
I love a great character-driven story, and TRUST is an
intense story of young love peppered with a little violence
and a humor to even things out. The teenagers in TRUST vary
wildly and are realistically flawed without being
stereotypes. The dialogue rings true and says a lot about
who the characters are. Edie and John both have their lives
drastically altered after being witnesses to a robbery
accompanied by murder in cold blood. They both experience
different symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and ways
of coping with it. For Edie, she loses a best friend while
gaining a few new ones, and finds a romance very
unexpectedly with her fellow survivor John.
Although TRUST is only told through Edie's perspective,
Kylie Scott does a good job of giving John some depth and
making the reader care about his dysfunctional family life.
I like Edie because, even though she's young and has the
same insecurities many people do, being through a
life-or-death experience has given her a low tolerance for
phonies. This new lease on life has given her the freedom to
speak her mind and grow an appealing toughness. The romance
that develops between Edie and John happens very gradually
and organically. Their late night talks create an intimacy
that encourages their spark of attraction to grow.
TRUST has a story you can sink your teeth into and
characters you care about. This book has the dry humor and
fabulously real female characters that are typical of a
Kylie Scott book, and that I crave. Edie's new friend Hang
and John's buddy Anders provide a nice distraction from the
central drama without overshadowing it and add some comic
relief. I look forward to Kylie Scott's next book.
Learn more about Trust
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
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