Arc Review: TRUST by Kylie Scott


Kylie Scott

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Createspace Independent
Pages: 382
Release date: July 18th 2017

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.

“If someone your own age could die, then what’s saving you?”

Trust is a cute, steamy, and diverse Young Adult novel, with an incredibly fast pace and good writing. The beginning packs a punch and grasps your attention, and the light-hearted dialogue helps address some pretty heavy themes. There’s humor, young love, and some light recreational drug use to entertain YA fans.

Kylie Scott gives readers something new with this YA novel. Her writing is as good as ever, even in this new genre, and her characters are well developed. The tone of the story reads exactly like a Young Adult book, but sadly doesn’t help create a connection with the characters.

This novel is such a fast read, oh my god. The pace really starts out fast and only picks up as the story progresses, making this a super quick read. It is very easy to get into the story and keep flipping pages. The POV character, Edie, is a great narrator with an unique voice, and the smooth flow between chapters only helps with that.

Unfortunately, despite the really fast pace, it seems like nothing really happens plot-wise. The beginning is action-packed and hooks you right in, but things drag on throughout the rest of the story. It mostly covers Edie’s day-to-day life, but not in a way that is interesting to the reader.

This makes it hard to create a connection with the characters. The juvenile tone of Edie’s narration contributes to that, although this might be a problem for me since I am not a young adult anymore 😛 I do have to say that the side characters are all amazing, though. The scenes Edie shares with them really shine through, and Scott’s humorous dialogue is there to make you laugh along.

The romance is also kind of meh. Because I don’t really care about the characters, I don’t care if they get together or not. It is nice that Scott takes her time developing their relationship. There is no instalove in this novel, as the characters are friends before they become romantically involved. There is an incredible amount of sex scenes for a YA novel, though, so be careful if that’s not your thing.

Overall, Trust is an entertaining read. It’s quick and fast paced, with some cute scenes throughout and great dialogue. It is very relationship focused, as that seems to be the focus of pretty much the entire plot. Recommended to YA fans who like some steam with their reads 🙂




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