Author: Kylie Scott
On Sale: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Indie / Self Published
Review Source: Netgalley ARC
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 was a fan of Kylie’s for a few years now when she wrote her adult series – Stage Dive, so of course I added her newest creation to my TBR. Honestly I didn’t even read that much into the blurb… I was SOLD! Only after when a friend commented ‘I hope you enjoy ya’ did I realize that Kylie wrote something different and yet as I was reading it it felt like Kylie through and through. The story had it all soul, heart, humor even if all of it was presented in a ya/na-ish setting.
Edie and John are just typical high school teenagers who are thrown together by a tragic incident. Except they are not typical at all because even being young of age what they both go throughout the book an adult would not be able to handle as well. However, thankfully they find each other and understand each other on a completely another level as they both literally survive a convenience store robbery… yep guns and all.
Edie as a private school girl has loads of insecurities as do all the teenagers but when the repercussions of the incident change her point of view on things she goes about changing that. Which wowed me to what type of woman Edie will grow up to be if she was so clear minded (although troubled) about how to cope with the aftermath of the robbery.
Thankfully, Edie was not alone and had John from the beginning. The child man who didn’t have it easy in life but the events of the robbery shake his view of things as well. And once Edie is back in his life he becomes her shadow, her guardian, her sanity… as she becomes same to him in return.
Their love story is an epic one in my eyes. I have enjoyed each page of this book either with tears or smiles. This was a different read than what I expect of Kylie but after finishing this I hope she writes more of such connection found in early years. Do not get scared by the YA label. It is written so well and in such mature angle that you do not have to be a teen to enjoy this… or even relate to it. In many instances I kept going ‘well I know adults who have recently just learned how to change their perspective in such a profound way’ as both Edie and John execute so well. Perhaps those adults are just missing their half to encourage that transition… who knows.
Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.