Author: Kylie Scott
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: July 18, 2017
Format: e-ARC via Netgalley
Rating: 3.5 stars
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.
I’d seen this book around for a while, but it wasn’t until I saw someone describe it ‘for fans of Katie McGarry’ that I hopped onto Netgalley and requested it immediately. McGarry is one of my all-time favorite authors – I’m actually rereading her Pushing the Limits series right now – so I knew I had to give this one a shot.
This book starts off with a bang – pun intended – when Edie is held hostage at a gas station. This sets off of a chain of events that change her life, including her attending a new school with the boy who saved her life.
The characters were definitely the highlight of this one for me, and I have to credit Scott, because she developed them beautifully.
This book has fat rep, though I can’t speak on whether or the representation was good or not. Edie was, for the most part, really confident about her body, if slightly self-conscious at times. Her character was one of my favorite parts of the book
While Trust could be light at times, it dealt with heavier topics such as death, particularly dying young.
“If someone your own age could die, then what’s saving you?”
John, the love interest, was pretty great, too. He had that sort of “reformed bad boy” thing going for him which was refreshing since we usually just get bad boy, period. It’s obvious that he really cares for Edie and is intent on protecting her (but not in a controlling way, which, again, pleases me greatly!) But just because John was reformed, doesn’t mean he wasn’t mysterious, as well.
“The look he gave me, I couldn’t read it. It was guarded by fences, doors, walls, probably even mines, and a moat.”
I’d probably describe this as a more mature YA, bordering on NA – which you can tell from the blurb. It’s more steamy than most YA, plus it does have a sex scene and other intimate things that don’t generally appear in most YA.
That said, I thought it was all handled very well. The sex scenes weren’t very graphic, but I they were very well written. Not to mention very realistic, keeping in mind that it can be awkward, or uncomfortable – especially considering Edie is a virgin. It felt very real to me.
Unfortunately this book was just kind of… forgettable. None of the characters really stuck with me, and the romance was cute but not that cute.
This story lacked plot. While I was interested from start to finish, there wasn’t much structure to the story after the original hostage situation. Everything sort of explodes at the end, slightly out of the blue, and I wish there’d been more buildup.
As a whole the book just felt a little bit… meh. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked it and it wasn’t bad, but I just wanted more out of it than it gave me.
That said, I still enjoyed reading Trust and would definitely recommend to a Katie McGarry fan, or if you’re looking for a simple, steamy romance.
Have you read Trust? What did you think of it? If you haven’t read it, would you add it to your TBR? Tell me in the comments! 🙂