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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“Trust might be a two-way street, but I’ve been run over by lots of people who thought it was only one-way.”
Interestingly enough, people seem to learn this lesson as teenagers when their friends betray them and they’re left wondering why they ever shared their inner most thoughts with people so willing to use them to get ahead. As a high school teacher, I’ve often wondered if teens are too trusting…too forgiving because their need to fit in and not be bullied becomes more important than putting their hearts on the line for others who may not reciprocate that idea.
There’s so much truth to Susan Gale’s thoughts about trust and it’s especially fitting because that very idea is exemplified in Kylie Scott’s newest release, Trust. Scott’s story about Edie and John, two high school seniors, whose lives are completely redefined after a life or death situation is not so much a coming of age story as a journey to realize what’s important in life…to wade through the bullshit and insignificant, everyday details and understand what’s truly
I think every reader will agree that being a teenager isn’t easy; those years are hard enough due to the bullying, the need to fit in, and the bevy of hormones that seem to emerge out of nowhere, so adding in the fact that Edie was a victim of a store robbery and becomes a bit of a spectacle after she survives the whole ordeal only adds to her anxiety and insecurities, but it also helps her in some ways because she’s able to sort out what matters and what shouldn’t hold any power over her.
Kylie Scott does a fantastic job of illustrating the ways in which Edie and John are changed from the events at the Drop Stop; both of their lives could have been lost that night, which not only makes them question why they’re the ones who lived, but it also forces them to make significant changes to the choices they make and the actions they take, understanding that there are consequences to every decision, right or wrong, and what that means to more than just their lives.
Edie and John are the perfect main characters for Trust. Their imperfections, their contrasting social statuses, their shared traumatic experience, and their redefined lives put them in the unique position to truly understand one another despite their differences and the role reversal that seems to occur once Edie switches to John’s public high school and refuses to be bullied and soft-spoken any longer.
Initially, John sees himself as poison, only bringing Edie down, so he tries to keep his distance from her, which only further isolates Edie in her new environment, but slowly, they become each other’s crutch to battle through the darkness and combat the nightmares and dark and morbid thoughts that seem to keep them awake.
Scott eases Edie and John into their newfound friendship and then allows them to progress at their own pace into something more. There are a lot of personal demons that this duo need to work through and as they come to terms with the horrifying event that brought them into each other’s lives, they realize that life is what someone makes it and they’re willing to trust in one another and themselves in order to make the most out of the second chance that they were given.
4 Poison Apples
“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.”
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/