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.
Trust has a brutal beginning that just pulls the reader in. A young girl going about doing normal teenage things and then bam, a whole new bloody and frightening world sucks her in. Edie knows her own shortcomings, she accepts who she is but had never been confronted by her own mortality until that night. Clawing her way back to some kind of normality afterwards is an almost insurmountable task and Edie rails against everything she knew before leaving her adrift and no longer wanting to just accept the way her life is.
John, whilst not exactly from the wrong side of the tracks, is most definitely what most would call a bad boy. Following in his brother’s footsteps, he sells drugs to his schoolmates but there's a core of honour and integrity in John that rises the night he first meets Edie. Determined to get his act together, John returns to high school and is reacquainted with Edie the only one who understands how messed up everything is. Edie challenges him, she surprises him, but most of all she is there for him. Two souls flying in new directions and yet on a collision path bound by friendship and falling in love!
I loved the dark edginess of the beginning. I really liked that Edie accepted she needed to move herself forward and John whilst not perfect was an absolute sweetie, brave, and industrious. Plus, there are interesting supporting characters to help flesh out their journey. As usual with Ms Scott believable dialogue that really moves things along and of course a happy ending.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts and opinions are honest and I believe fair.