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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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Falling in love while attending a competitive 1980s performing arts high school, David and Sarah rise through the ranks before the realities of their family dynamics and economic statuses trigger a spiral that impacts their adult lives.

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mclarjh
Mar 09, 2021

Well written, but juvenile, and lacks affect.

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lmustafa92
Nov 28, 2020

I feel compelled to leave a review after reading some of these others - I believe the problem is the other readers may have given up too quickly on the novel. The story is brilliant, and has you go further through these "acts" - the story begins to unfold, leaving you with your own doubts and forcing you to piece together the true narrative. Pure genius - the story begins with this circling around a teen in an arts group, however it's the way the novel is written that is truly captivating. It holds this dramatic arts tone the entire time - and feels like you are listening to the story through the words of a theater teacher - over the top at times, but cannibalizing.

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rclane
Nov 15, 2020

I wanted to like this book so bad, but the narrative didn't cohere for me, and the ending left me meh.

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Rogerhockett
Oct 13, 2020

How did this book win the national book award? I got halfway through and finally gave up. The characters aren’t very interesting end it all seem kind of boring. Yes I know adolescence is a difficult time but let’s not dwell on it and we certainly don’t need to continue it into adulthood.

LPL_MaryW Aug 29, 2020

Incredible experimental fiction, as sharp as the crack of a whip. A knockout.

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Anita_Dickey
Aug 07, 2020

Horrible book. i read this book to fulfill the goal read a book that read in award in 2019. It was awful. absolutely awful. I repeat this is probably one of the worst books i have ever read. Obviously since it did win an award there will be people who disagree with me, but this is my opinion.

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readonandon
Mar 14, 2020

Barack Obama recommendation

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abcedmillered
Mar 04, 2020

This is not a comfortable read. It's salacious. For me, I struggled with nostalgia throughout. The author pinpoints the exact feelings and experiences of high school theatre (down to the RE). It's a challenging read; you will have to put pieces together. It's worth reading if you're still interested after reading reviews.

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taylor_cheers
Feb 19, 2020

I actually really disliked this book, I was excited to read it because I saw it on a lot of year end lists, but was put off by the vulgar language especially to describe the actions of teenagers. I am by no means a prude, but just thought it was a bit inappropriate and it put me off to the point where I didn't even want to finish the book.

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GreenDog2006
Feb 13, 2020

With the lavish reviews, the National Book Award and the hints at twists and suprises, I REALLY wanted to like this book...but I couldn't get past the first 20 pages. I didn't like the characters, there was no plot to speak of, and, most of all, the writing style struck me as overblown and pretentious - laudable in a 1-page poem, but exhausting in a novel. It's only got 3 stars on Amazon, and a lot of the reviewers there said it was definitely a "love it or hate it" book. After i hit 60 years old, I embraced Nancy Pearl's principle of not spending time on a book that doesn't grab me within the first chapter or so. Too many books, too little time!

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