By Kylie Scott
Genre – Mature YA
Release Date: July 18, 2017
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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“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”
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Edie & John, two teens, from completely different lives, are brought together and forever changed, in an instant. One night, one moment, one tragedy tied them together. It opened their eyes, and made them question who they are, where their going, and how life can change in the blink of a eye, in one breath, in the click of a gun.
After that night in the convenience store, Edie finds herself tired of keeping quite, of letting words of others hurt her, of not taking charge of her life. She ready to shake it up, thrown caution to the wind, and stop being unhappy. John is looking to right wrongs, clean up his act, and put effort into his future. He needs more for himself, than the path he saw himself going down.
Edie and John form a friendship through all of this unknown. They find something in each other that they need. They long to silence the nightmares, guilt and fear all brought on from that one night. They can share themselves with each, for they see each in each other what they don't many see.
As the days go by, the strong the connection John and Edie share, grows. John is always their to help Edie experience a little bit of the wild she craves, and Edie is their to push John to believe he's worth something. John & Edie need this friendship, the possibility of something more, something epic, lingers under the surface, but both Edie and John worry of losing what they have by complicating it with more than just friendship. Edie will have to push her insecurities aside, and John will have to let go of the notions that he is bad for Edie, if they want to stand a chance of experiencing something really great together.
Mesmerizing storytelling, memorable characters, and one hell of a ride. Standing ovation to Kylie Scott, this is one of my favorite reads this year. Edie and John are characters that I wont forget. I didn't want to let them go. Edie is an amazing character to read about, real, quirky, strong. And John, there is no way you wont fall in love with this long haired, bad boy.
Their complicated, flawed and full of beauty. Their fear, pain, love, seeps through each page. Trust is full of teen angst, first love and realness.
It's raw, scary and beautiful.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/
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