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.
Brilliantly written and captivating read. So engaging and also felt so real. Loved every minute of it! ♥
I rarely, if ever, read YA books. I can’t be done with the juvenile depiction of how kids from 16,17,18 years of age and up, get written. So reading Trust for me, was a trust exercise in itself, in Kylie’s writing style. She is, and remains, one of my top favourite authors, and proved she can pretty much write anything and do it justice.
Trust was absolutely brilliant in my opinion. Teenager angst, characteristics and how life can easily sway decisions and outlook at that age. And how YAs deal with life was perfectly brought to life.
This isn’t a flowery depiction of YAs at all, it brings to life what a LOT, if not how the majority would act, do and live like, nowadays. Edie being drawn to John from circumstances nobody would wish to have gone through is EXACTLY how I would see it happening too. Her insecurities from her weight, the decisions she made as she transitioned from ‘normal’, to traumatised, to finding her feet in the world again, perfectly written. I could so see my daughter, heck even my sons, finding their feet this way too. John could literally have been my son. His hiding of expression, withdrawn ways, a tendancy to say what he thinks and sod the consequences lol, was easy to engage and follow along with. Underneath it all he had a heart. Also a special shout out to Anders and Hang. Anders cracked me up many times and Hang was the perfect best friend. Great supporting cast.
I don’t know exactly why I connected so well with Trust and it’s characters. Maybe it’s having my own teenage children. Maybe it’s just the pure word wisdom of Kylie’s mind and pen skills. I’m putting it down to both. I really loved my time with Edie and John and all that I read, I was sorry to see it end. I could envisage this book easily as a film, it would carry over great to the big screen. I hope some bigshots feel the same, it deserves to be out there, not only because it’s a great book. In my opinion, tells life lessons and shows what we do while we’re learning to live after something traumatic, whether they be right or wrong decisions, how we’re not always old and wise enough to make the right ones.
This isn’t a book about sex at all, it only plays a small, I would say very small, part. Yet sex does factor but for all the right reasons and I won’t say anymore because in my opinion it’s an integral part and written extemely well. When you’ve read the whole book it’s an ‘ahhhh’ moment and you realise everything is paramount in their story. Well that’s how I interpreted Trust.
I would give this more than five stars, yes I loved it that much. I received a copy from Netgally for review. My reviews are my own and show exactly how I felt, whilst and after, reading Trust.