Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise

A Novel

Book - 2019
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In 1982 in a southern city, David and Sarah, two freshmen at a highly competitive performing arts high school, thrive alongside their school peers in a rarified bubble, ambitiously devoting themselves to their studies--to music, to movement, to Shakespeare and, particularly, to classes taught by the magnetic acting teacher Mr. Kingsley. It is here in these halls that David and Sarah fall innocently and powerfully into first love. And also where, as this class of students rises through the ranks of high school, the outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and the future, does not affect them--until it does--in a sudden spiral of events that brings a startling close to the first part of this novel.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781250309884
1250309883
Characteristics: 257 pages : 25 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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