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 schools 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 its not false, either. It takes until the books 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 Chois 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.
Ugh, adolescence. Susan Choi's National Book Award winner, "Trust Exercise" is a tour-de-force reminder that, if not for everyone, for a lot of people, high school is both formative and damaging