Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"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... spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down."-- Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250309884
Branch Call Number: CHO
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 24 cm

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KatG1983
May 27, 2019

I am conflicted on how I feel about Trust Exercise. The first half of the book I quite enjoyed, and then a time shift occurs that changes the perspective on the story entirely, as well as narrators. Just as I was becoming accustomed to the shift, a second time shift occurs that further makes us question the reliability (or, ironically, the trustworthiness) of the narrators. The ending left me cold, and confused. Certain events that happen seem to come out of nowhere, and never get resolved. Decent book, but hated the ending.

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blcwrites
May 11, 2019

Maybe because there is so much political and cultural deception these days, reading literary deception - however acclaimed to be brilliant - was tiring. I'm sure it's just me but only because of the reviews did I struggle for as long as I did. Yes - adolesence is portrayed beautifully and creepy teachers as well. Yes - Choi is a gifted writer. Yes - this is how we evidently "do" novels these days. Count me out on this one.

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sandixrose
Apr 22, 2019

What a slog and for no plot payoff. I enjoy books that play with timelines and perceptions but this was confusing, for no reason, though it keeps you just enough interested to see how it plays out as it does seem as it is driving to something, but then it doesn’t. There are messages here about being a girl in high school and the after effects that linger as well as sexual abuse, but I couldn’t discern them enough to thoughtfully discuss.

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finleyrc
Apr 15, 2019

economist review april 2019

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