Exclusive excerpt + giveaway: Trust by Kylie Scott

It’s finally out tomorrow! This gritty, riveting mature YA will be hitting e-readers worldwide and I’m sure you’ll love this story as much as I did. I’m thrilled to share a sneak peek at what you can expect, plus a giveaway you won’t want to miss!

About Trust

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.

Excerpt

John: What do you feel like doing?

Me: Sick, sorry. A bit of a mess. Talk to you later.

My cell started buzzing. “Hello?”

“Thought we sorted this out,” he said. “You avoiding me.”

“I’m not avoiding you.”

“Yes. You are,” he said, voice sharp with tension.

“No, I’m not.” My jaw tightened. “I promised I wouldn’t do that. I’m honestly just not feeling well, John. It happens sometimes.”

“Oh yeah?” he scoffed. “You were fine last night.”

“You’re right. I was fine last night.” The girl in the bathroom mirror scowled back at me, every bit as furious as I felt. “But then blood started gushing from my uterus this morning and now my insides feel like they’ve been twisted into knots. It’s really not pretty.”

A long silence.

“Yeah. The cramps hurt like a bitch, John. So as you might have guessed by now, I’m not in a very good mood,” I said through gritted teeth. “Also, my breasts ache and I kind of want to kill something.”

“Um, okay.”

“Great, glad we could talk this through. ’Bye,” I finished, stabbing at the end call button.

Give me strength. I could have hit something, preferably him. Instead, I’d take two Advil, go back to bed, and feel sorry for myself. In that exact order. It would have been nice to hang out with John and further clear any lingering weirdness. But curling up in fetal position took precedence right now.

A couple of hours later, Mom came wandering in with a curious look on her face and a big white paper shopping bag in hand. “I’m concerned. Any chance you have a creepy yet practical, wealthy secret admirer or stalker you want to tell me about?”

“What?” I sat up, setting aside my book.

“I just found this sitting on the doorstep,” she said, handing the bag over. “Tampons, Midol, and a box of chocolate cupcakes. Unoriginal but quite apt.”

I burst out laughing.

She cocked her head. “Please explain.”

“I scared a boy with my menstrual rage,” I said, going through the contents of the bag. “Though to be fair, he kind of deserved it.”

Giveaway

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Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

Review

“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.”

Two teenagers meet under duress as bullets hail during a convenience store robbery. They survived—barely—but two other teenagers did not. Thrust into the roiling wake of something so horrible, one of them decides to quit his illicit dealings, while the other falls into a tailspin of trouble.

Kylie Scott’s mature YA, Trust, shares the story of Edie and John—two young people whose lives were quite different, but who shared an experience that would forever join them in ways others couldn’t understand.

After facing death, seventeen-year-old Edie refuses to stand for the fat jokes, the constant taunting she’s put up with for years. So she leaves private school and enrolls in the local high school, where she runs into the boy that saved her life.

Everyone knows John, his reputation precedes him, both girls and boys vying for his attention or access. But after the incident, John decided to make changes, leaving a dangerous life behind and determined to get things right.

But as Edie’s emotions spin out of control making her act wildly, it’s John who’s there to keep her on track.

Their journey is one of healing each other, of understanding the highs and lows left after a night that changed everything. As feelings step past the boundaries of friendship, however, things unravel in more ways than one, especially when they’re again caught up in the world that almost got them killed.

While definitely a coming-of-age story, Kylie masterfully imbues a sense of edge, realism and grit. I loved how the bad boy and good girl story flipped in some ways, but not cleanly, just cleverly, in ways that made things interesting along the way. Themes of friendship, family, first love, fear and trust emerge in a story skillfully brought to life. With its fast pace, suspense, humor, realism and relatability, Trust is a must-read summer pick for both YA and adult genre readers alike.

“I knew what mattered now. What was life and death. Everything else was just bullshit everyday details.”

About Trust

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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