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I will be honest. I love this author so I preordered this book without even reading the blurb thinking it would be just like her other books. This storyline was definitely unexpected.
John and Edie are in high school which was the first shock for me. I felt kind of weird reading about teens doing it at my age. I tend to stay away from young adult books.
Don't get me wrong, the storyline isn't bad but again, just not what I was expecting. It was a slow burn for these two and that made the end feel rushed to me. I do have a feeling that if Hang and Anders get a book though it will be hysterical.
Edie and John meet when they are both held at gun point by a drugged out tweaker. John ends up saving Edie's life and a bond is formed. At first the bond is just a friendship but then it turns to more. The question is can these teens make more last or will life get in the way?
These aren't so much spoilers as just things that but me about this book but they do give some things away so I wanted to warn anyone reading this.
Like I saod, I liked the book but the beginning felt slow and the ending felt rushed. I mean with 10 minutes left in the book Edie gets shot by John's brother and then it jumps to the epilogue.
Also, John's brother just goes MIA and neither of these two are worried he might come back to finish the job?
The epilogue is when they are still in high school so it leaves you wondering if they really will make it last and they only actually do it one time so you never even get to know if she ends up loving it as much as everything else they were doing.
I do wish we could have had John's MOB at least for a chapter of two. I think it would have enhanced the book more.
Oh well though. Still love this author.
This novel touched on quite a few things that I loved. First, I thought the storyline was so darn unique it was on another level. It literally starts off with a bang and you're left disturbed, gasping for air, engrossed and sucked in before you know it. Second, on a personal note, I take my hat off to this author for aptly depicting the feelings and insecurities Edie faced for being a plus sized goddess. I say goddess because she was probably one of the strongest heroines I have ever read. She spoke her mind and took ALLL the names while doing it. She wasn't a cookie cutter heroine which is what made her beautiful on the inside and out. She embraced who she was and only wanted quality, caring and TRUSTworthy people around her. I absolutely loved her. John was also one of my favorite parts of this book. This hero felt very vintage NA. A broody, reformed badboy with an edge. He was everything I loved about in an anti-hero. He was who he was and made no excuses but still used his and Edie's experience to not only better himself but his future as well. I absolutely adored them together. Their banter was great and I could not get enough of Edie's inner dialogue. She was so honest, sarcastic and refreshing that I wanted to be her friend. It was also well written, sexy and also awkward as only first love can be.
All in all this was an exceptionally honest depiction of a modern young love story and I for one hope that Kylie Scott continues writing in this genre! Bravo! 4.5 stars! ~Ratula
THE STORY: A robbery threatens the life of seventeen year old high school senior Edie Millen. Saved by the actions of John Cole, Edie finds her world turned upside down as she tries cope with the traumatic events of the robbery. Edie becomes more wild, wanting to try things for the first time in response to her near death experience. Leaving her private girls school, Edie comes to the local public high school and finds new friends and John Cole. John and Edie become friends and then things become weird between them as John's offer to help Edie lose her virginity results in emotional turmoil between them.
OPINION: This is a book that grabs the reader from the first page as there is no wait for the action to begin. The scene is raw and scary and emotional. Seeing the events through Edie's eyes made the fear more immediate and thus more enthralling. This book may take place among high school students but it is raw and frightening and doesn't pull its punches. It is also violent in parts.
Edie is the heart and center of this book. And I loved her. She is intelligent, snarky, overweight and insecure, and funny. Even thirty years her senior, I could identify with her character and I had great empathy for her. As she struggles with both the normal crises of high school -- boys, classes and bullies -- she also is dealing with the aftermath of the robbery and that changes her whole perspective on life. And makes her a risk taker when she wasn't one before. Sometimes I find depictions of teenage girls annoying but here she is perfectly balanced in that age of becoming an adult but still making silly choices. And that was one thing I really liked. Both John and Edie are changed by their experience and in that shared experience the two are able to talk through their choices.
John ends up being an incredibly sweet guy. He wants to protect Edie, but he is also willing to allow her to fight her own battles. It was also interesting to see how the robbery changed John's life as well since he has similar but also different battles as result. While we do not get John's point of view during this book, Edie and John talk enough that his perspective is adequately represented in this book.
I really enjoyed the development of the relationship between Edie and John. Their relationship evolves over time and I thought the entire progression was well done. I also liked the complications about sex between these two. There are no sugar sweet glasses in this book. While Edie and John are sweet together, there is also something raw and real about them.
I didn't think I would like this book when I first approached it, but it ended up being really good and I only wish I knew more about what happens between Edie and John in the future.
WORTH MENTIONING: TRUST is a young adult novel with characters ages seventeen and eighteen in high school.
CONNECTED BOOKS: TRUST is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
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