Author: Kylie Scott
Standalone Young Adult Contemporary
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.
I wasn’t sure how to tackle the review for this book, I felt like I was reading two different stories. The first quarter or so of this book was dark and intense, there was a robbery and some tragic event happened (I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll keep it vague) What comes after is how to deal with life after going through something like that. Sounds good so far right? Well here’s when things change.
“It’s okay to be afraid, Edie. You just can’t let it stop you from doing anything.”
We then get to the rest of the book and although it has some reference to what I mentioned before it lacks intensity and the major focus of the story gets a bit too tropey. I’m not saying that I didn’t like the book in fact I did enjoy it. It has all of the things that I find entertaining in Kylie Scott’s books, The sense of humour in their inner monologues, the chemistry between the main characters, the friendships and relationships development. It’s just that I went from reading a type of book to something that turned out very different.
“Immediately, I turned away, only to be facing an entire stand of titty magazines. Wow. I sincerely hoped a percentage of sales went toward helping women with lower-back problems.”
One thing that I really liked about this book was that our female leading character was a bit on the chubby side (to the point of getting teased about it) and yet she didn’t make it an issue, she really stands for herself. The other thing it’s the message that it’s never to late to try and be a better person, to struggle out of the circumstances that might have you trapped and to try and find a better life.