Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Trust by Kylie Scott
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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.
My favorite thing about Trust was how gloriously healthy the relationship between Edie and John was. Combined with diverse and interesting characters, a touch of a slow burn, and some drama, I can see why so many people have been loving this book. I know I did.
Edie was a relatable heroine who, much to my delight, was curvy without too much self-loathing (and without the main goal of losing weight). And one of my pet peeves was graciously not present: I could see why John was attracted to her. Their relationship was well developed and the chemistry came through loud and clear from the beginning.
And then there was John. Oh, John. An 18-year-old who understands consent and is protective without being overbearing — don’t get me wrong, I like the occasional pushy alpha — but John was a breath of fresh air without being a pushover.
I loved the contrast of how Edie handled the trauma vs. how John handled it and how they balanced one another out. This was such a well done friends-to-lovers story.
Excuse me while I go hunt down more books by this author.
Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars
There were a few areas in which I could tell there must’ve been some audio added in post-editing toward the beginning of the audiobook, but I only vaguely noticed. Andi Arndt is a great voice actor. I definitely hope to hear more of her work in the future!
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
I definitely had some butterflies happening during certain scenes!
Re-read Worthiness: 4 Stars
I’ll definitely have to re-read this one once I get a hard copy of the book, which leads me to the next question…
Bookshelf Placement: Yes!
I loved this one enough to need a place on my bookshelf for it!
New Book Boyfriend: Yes
I freaking love John. Like I mentioned before, he’s not without his faults, but what he does do right, he does damn well and he absolutely makes up for past mistakes.
Have you read this book or any others by this author? I’d love some recommendations!