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Trust Me

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,817 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Shawn Graham and Bobby Wilder couldn't be more different. Shawn is a devout Christian fundamentalist from northern Michigan; Bobby is a street-smart latchkey kid from southern Ohio. From an early age, they are both confused and troubled by their attraction to the same sex. Shawn believes that homosexuality is sinful, and a traumatic incident of childhood sexual abuse adds ...more
ebook, 366 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 30th 2010)
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Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Jeff, and those who want a beautiful read.


Jeff has done it again, a book where I literally fell in love with both characters and later moved on to crying like a baby. I might be biased but I think Jeff is one of the best, his books always manages to touch something in me, and Trust Me was no different. Imagine the worst possible scenario for a young gay boy; imagine the worst possible scenario for a young boy. This book had it all, the questions of self-identity, the stereotypes and all the love. Moreo

Rounded up to 3 stars.

I liked the short novels of Jeff Erno and was excited to read at last my first full length novel of this author. Unfortunately my high expectations were not fulfilled.

The book told us the love story of Shawn Graham and Bobby Wilder growing up in the 80s, two boys with different and and the same time similar family background. They both were raised by a single mother without brothers or sisters. But Shawn unlike Bobby grow up in a very religious environment. The first time
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq-ya, favorites
Holy crap! What an emotional roller coaster!! What I thought was going to be just a sweet romance between two boys, turned into a gut-wrenching story of youthful innocence, true love, disappointment, broken hearts, betrayal, and redemption.

I haven't been this wrapped up in a story for quite some time. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
Jeff Erno
Sep 02, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jan 13, 2022 rated it did not like it
Fucking horrible!
Never want to see it again!
Julia ♥Duncan♥
This is one of those tragic cases where I liked the story, but didn't like the book.

Things I liked:
1. Characters. They were likeable.

Things I did not like:
1. Repetitiveness. Every few chapters the author summarized everything that had happened in the book so far. Why was this necessary? It's not like a TV show where I only get a small bit each week. I needed no help remembering that Shawn has no self confidence and thinks he is a terrible person and that Bobby expects everyone to abandon him.
Trisha Harrington
This is a beautiful, heartbreaking book.

This book is just raw emotion. I do not have a better way of describing it. It was my second mm romance and it was heartfelt and poignant and just the right amount of funny in places. A book like this is not just a simple story and it cannot be described easily. But it can be recommended.

Bobby and Shawn stole my heart and left me feeling raw and in need of a hug. Trust me has a way of ripping your heart out and repairing you again and leaving you numb. T
Major English (Laura)
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
The last 25% of this book was absolutely horrible. The two main characters didn't interact for a whole year. It was incredibly redundant writing... The whole book was incredibly redundant writing, but I was able to overlook it...

But I am just mad, the last 25% was infuriating.

Also I read Erno's most recent book, You Belong With Me, and there are literally the same lines from this book that are in that book.

If the last 25% of this book was not so horrible, in content, characterizations and writin
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, romance, done, ebook, 2010
This m/m romance was a very mixed read for me. I really liked the base story, about two boys, one extremely religious, growing up in the 80s and trying to come to terms with their attraction to other boys. But I kept feeling as if I were being drawn into the story, only to be shoved out again, perhaps because there was too much telling and not enough showing? Additionally, the story had these odd, very meta-feeling lecturey interludes that did not work for me at all.
Valentina Heart
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
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Fiona Goodman
The story is about Shawn and Bobby who meet at the age of twelve and then again a year or so later. Shawn has grown up in a religion who feel that homosexuality is a sin and a chosen lifestyle and those who are gay are abominations in the eyes of the Lord.

Bobby, on the other hand spends his early childhood being raised by a neglectful mother who turns him out to live with his father after remarrying. He learns quickly to manipulate and use others. He has the attitude of hurt them before they hur
Phil Ansell
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

I've finally stopped crying enough to write the review of this book.

Trust Me is a beautiful, emotional, loving and heartbreaking story of two very different young men, who have faced a some pretty big issues growing up, but as teenagers find love and acceptance in each other.

I completely fell in love with both Bobby and Shawn, the main characters, and I honestly feel like I've just been through everything with them, the writing is that good. I particularly felt for Shawn, and the thoughts and fe
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can someone hand me a tissue please? I loved Trust Me! I adored the characters and the roller coaster ride their story put me on. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I rejoiced at the end. What an amazing coming of age story!
Andrew Grey
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This blew me away. I started reading it while on a cruise and couldn't put it down. ...more
Nancy L
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, m-m, angsty
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Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I read this book because it's one of those that forces you to think and hopefully become a more compassionat human being. It also sent my tale spinning into the face of my own past, however I don't feel this book is the type to leads you depression as much as it leads you to healing. Books like these can break you apart but in the end when you put yourself back together you can't help but feel you came out of it a better person. I will however recommend that everyone who reads this have ...more
Mickie Ashling
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've never read anything by this author but I decided to try this based on several recommendations. It was a long and gut wrenching story that brought me to tears several times. Some parts were extremely difficult to get through but I'm glad I forged ahead. The trauma that Shawn had to endure on his own broke my heart. As a mother I had a hard time understanding Deni's blatant disregard for her son's feelings. I loved Bobby and his cocky attitude but Shawn won me over from the very first. Great ...more
3.5 stars YOWZA! That was quite! the emotional journey! I really really loved this sometimes heartbreaking and emotional journey. I rounded up to 4 stars but there were a few things that kept this from reaching it's full potential for me:

1) While I loved getting to know the boys individually first, it probably went on a bit too long. It took forever for our MC's to even meet!

2) A tad preachy. Certain things like the PFLAG meeting and (view spoiler) were important bu
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 12%

N O P E.
I won't do this. I won't put myself through this kind of book. Bye.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was a very touching story!

I admit I had a hard time getting to like the characters and immerse in the story. Had to go through like 100 pages before I was interested in truly reading in earnest. In fact, it's the reason why I gave it a 4 star rating. The writing style kind of threw me. Even towards the end, I found it peculiar to read the characters' thoughts mingled with characterisation and psychological analysis from a third party narrator. It made me lose focus in the story, though I admi
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: m-m-read
Read it!

Seriously, read it. It's heartbreaking, it's romantic, it's scary.

This is in my top 5 for this year. I've never felt sick reading a story before but today I was so close to throwing up from what was happening. I've spent the last hour crying and shaking. This story has just blown me out of the water's of happily reading m/m romance..

Right my usual details with out plot - Character development - 10 out of 10. The two leads are so well written. We follow them from a very young age. The su
Lil' Grogan
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sob, 4, gay
A story where emotions and personal relevance definitely overrode my reactions to the writing . This coming-of-age story tackles a lot in its pages and does a good job at presenting a balanced view showing ugliness as well as beauty - Bobby and his teenage "bad boy" ways, Shawn's struggle with his identity in the face of his religious convictions, the internal pain of being different growing up, the different sides of the Christian church's stand on homosexuality, a parent's rejection or accepta ...more
I loved this book and the only reason it didn't get 5 stars is for the same reasons that other reviewers have mentioned. Jeff has a tendency to recap everything. I've heard this habit was developed when he was posting his stories online and there were sometimes long gaps in between posts so he felt is necessary to remind the readers what had already transpired. I'm hoping that as his writing style matures, this habit will go away. I love Jeff's characters and the stories he tells are engaging an ...more
Michael Thompson

WOW. Jeff Erno never seems to disappoint me.
I've debated reading this book for a while. How stupid of me.
Trust me......this is one of the best YA coming of age books out there. A rollercoaster of emotions. I am so glad I took the advice of a friend (thanks Justin) and didn't cave to my emotions. I was ready to put the book down after just a few chapters. Some things are just too heartbreaking. And Jeff Erno has a gift of putting us right in the minds of his characters. Good or bad.
Eli Easton
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my very first m/m romances and I adored it! I loved the vulnerability of Shawn and the development of his romantic and physical relationship with Bobby.l
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion this is absolutely one of the best gay, young adult books ever written!
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author Jeff Erno has used a rather unusual writing style in writing "Trust Me." The opening chapters read slightly like a documentary; when describing the early lives of the two main characters the tone is rather dispassionate, almost clinical at times. There are some passages where we get to experience scenes from the day-to-day lives of these characters, but these alternate with many passages where the author tells us what’s going on, rather than showing us. The style overall doesn’t really lo ...more
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May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This is my first Jeff Erno read. Trust Me, it won’t be my last….

I could tell you about Shawn Graham and Bobby Wilder and how they fell in love. How they are twelve when they meet in 1984. Such a brief meeting, only a few minutes long, but neither Bobby or Shawn can forget the other. And three years later when they’re finally together, the adults in their life try to tear them apart. How tough-guy Bobby’s lonely and neglected and doesn’t give a toss about anyone but looking out for himself
I feel compelled o write something although i am not a great reviewer, so take it into count if you are reading this.

This books talks about the struggle of two little boys who are so different , yet so similar , they were both abandoned and left to cope with life on their own despite being surrounded with family and friends. When i first started reading this i admit that all i wanted or expected was the typical Jock/Nerd MM story, there is nothing wrong with those if you ask me, in fact i love t
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Jeff Erno currently lives in southern Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management and human resources. Jeff began writing stories in the late 1990's and initially posted them to a free online amateur website. The positive feedback he received from readers encouraged him to continue, and this eventually led to the publication of his first novel, Dumb Jock. Erno has subsequently pu ...more

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