Trust Exercize by Susan Choi

 

Trust Exercize by Susan Choi

"Choi's novel centers on a handful of students and faculty at an elite performing arts high school in the early '80s. That, however, is all you need to know going in, because what's special about this book is how it starts out as one thing and then becomes something else entirely The characters' lives are as rich and fraught with drama as you'd expect them to be, but they're all apart of a larger story about sex, power, envy, and yes, trust. This is one we'll be talking about for a while (and would be an amazing pick for book club)."  - Recommended by Erika

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781250309884
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 9th, 2019

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.