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.
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“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”
About the Author
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/
Trust by Kylie Scott is a Mature YA romance that caught me completely by surprise. I adored the book! Trust tells the story of a group of young adults that go through a very difficult experience, when they are held hostage during a robbery.
John pressed a bruised and bloodstained palm up to the door window. Maybe it was his way of waving a good-bye or signaling glad-you’re-okay. But with the gray-metal handcuffs looped around his wrist, the gesture didn’t change, haunted eyes looking out from a pale, shell-shocked face. Nothing about this was okay.
Edie, the main character, suddenly finds herself questioning life, friends, relationships…. She decides to put herself out there and go through all those experiences that she wouldn’t allow herself to live before, people around her start questioning her sanity and consider her going wild. But most of all, I met a girl that has a complex family situation, besides the insecurities that her weight and age represent in her life, when suddenly the robbery makes her realize that all of it is inconsequential and that there’s matters of more importance.
Hang was wearing a cool vintage-looking floral dress, but I gone for dark colors. Less ninja, more panda with my sun-starved skin and tummy rolls.
During the event that changed her life, she meets her love interest, John. A boy that has a questioning background, who decides to change his life after the robbery. Unlike Edie, John has a colorful history that doesn’t help his personal situation and makes him feel unworthy on anything better. Together they’re able to confront their fears and find trust in themselves and the people around them.
“It’s not your fault,” repeated John. “I’d it’s anyone’s, it’s mine. I pushed him into charging at Chris–it was my idea.”
The raw pain in his words hurt my heart. I breathed out heavily. “No, you’re right; Chris would have turned on you too next.”
One of the things that I love the most about the book, is how real the characters feel. From Edie, to John to their group of friends. I can see in them a solid group of high school students that are doing their best to survive their teenage years and that would make everything necessary to help their each other.
“Between you and me, I think is the Fabio hair.”
“Fabio?” I asked.
“You don’t know Fabio? Edie, friend, Fabio’s an important and glorious part of American romance fiction history. My mom told me so.”
There’s definitely a bond that gets Edie and John together, to some people it could border a co-dependent relationship, to me, they’re real teenagers trying their best to have a relationship that eventually turns into something else.
“Not saying I wasn’t pissed at you, but we’re not breaking up, Edie.” His slid his hands into the back pockets of my jeans. “That’s not how this works.”
“You know how this works?”
“Yeah. We keep trying,” he said simply. “If we really want it, then we don’t give up. That easy.”
This is a story that I would recommend to all teenagers I know in a heartbeat (basically to anyone who likes reading YA). It kept me reading and reading. I laughed, I worried, and most of all I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it!