Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise Review

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving "Brotherhood of the Arts," two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed--or untoyed with--by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school's walls--until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true--though it's not false, either. It takes until the book's stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place--revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

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  • Becca Hoetger

    ME to SUSAN CHOI: “I did not enjoy this book.”Susan: “You did not enjoy this book.”“I did not enjoy this book.”“You did not enjoy this book.”“I did not enjoy this book.”“You did ...

  • Julie Ehlers

    Trust Exercise is a novel about a performing-arts high school in a sprawling southern city that for some reason is never named (it's Houston). The first half of it is told from the point of view of Sa...

  • Larry H

    Wow, this one didn't work for me at all. Given how much I read I guess it's surprising that it doesn't happen more often.Susan Choi's newest book, Trust Exercise , is a marvel of language and image...

  • Ron Charles

    One lurks in every high school: a charismatic teacher who cultivates a clique of acolytes. Miss Jean Brodie aside, this teacher is typically a man in his prime, parceling out the precious gift of his ...

  • Adam Dalva

    Incredibly ambitious structurally, with a shape that is more organically interesting than ASYMMETRY (which it is quite similar to). Reminds me a bit of SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS, but loses it...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Curiosity got the best of me.I knew I wasn’t going to buy this book…but when the library had it available as an ebook on Overdrive, I thought I’d check out what all fuss was about. I saw 1 star ...

  • Caroline

    ***NO SPOILERS***Update, 11/22/19: Trust Exercise has won the National Book Award. What were they smoking?!(Full disclosure: Book abandoned on page 61 [out of 257 pages].)It's so important to care abo...

  • Meike

    Now Winner of the National Book Award 2019 This experimental novel discusses consent by shifting timelines and perspectives, thus forcing the reader to question and re-adjust which characters to trust...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    This is a book that has some structural tricks up its sleeve, similar to books like FATES & FURIES and ASYMMETRY. So you need to proceed with caution when reading anything about it. Just saying it pla...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    Once you're old enough to recognize a hole in yourself, it's too late for the hole to be filled. (p. 185)I found this disturbing and lacking of a plot and full of contradictions.I should have been abl...