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Trust Exercise: A Novel | Susan Choi
Pulitzer Finalist Susan Choi's narrative-upending novel about what happens when a first love between high school students is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic teacher. 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.In the book's second part, the reader immediately and surprisingly learns that what we understood to have happened thus far in the story is not completely true, though it's not entirely false either. The plot thickens and speeds up and tightens, until, with a stunning coda, the author reveals a final piece of the puzzle that makes this novel shock and resonate long after the final sentence.As captivating and tender as it is brilliantly surprising, Trust Exercise will not only incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, about friendships and loyalties, but also leave readers with wise impressions about the capacities of adolescents and the powers and responsibilities of adults.
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canbku
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Panpan

Maybe I'm not smart enough to find the narrative weirdness fun. I missed the point and couldn't bring the two/three parts together to make sense. There were moments i enjoyed very much as descriptions were cutting and visceral. I can't say I'm a big fan and maybe i won't seek out another novel by the author. Major book award, though, so I'm definitely missing something

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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

Meh. After DNFing this book (twice) I was told that it was in two parts and to give it 10 pages past the break. Well, it was intriguing enough to finish, but that‘s about it. #Tob20 #ToB

Hooked_on_books I found it pointless. I‘ll never understand why it won the NBA. 1w
Cinfhen It‘s on my physical TBR #Someday 1w
cariashley I was impressed by the writing voodoo but can‘t say I loved the story overall - something felt lacking. I‘m also surprised it won. 1w
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Kempfme
Bailedbailed

I tried to get into this but lost interest really quickly. Not sure about the writing style.

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LTOC
Pickpick

WOW. WOWOWOW. This book reignites all of fiction. Brilliant beyond words. Just READ IT!

BlameJennyJane I‘m so torn about this one- it really seems to divide readers into “loved it” and “hated it”. I‘ve seen it on so many best books of lists. I‘ve gotta stack it! 3w
LTOC It‘s one of those books where even if you hate it, you respect it. Pulls of things few books dare to 3w
LTOC Off* 3w
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thebluestocking
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the first part of this book, which is about the angst of a group of teens at an elite drama high school. I was even open to the shift, but the second half was part obvious (Chekhov‘s gun) and part underdeveloped. An interesting but ultimately flawed novel. #tob #tob2020

BarbaraBB I hardly see any raving reviews for this book, yet it keeps coming up in the best of lists everywhere. That really triggers me. Of course I‘ll read it one of these weeks too finally! #tob2020 3w
Buechersuechtling To bed, that they don‘t have it at my library. It really sounds interesting and I‘d love to read it. Seems to be quite new so I will have patience. Additionally, it‘s of course not like I don‘t have books to read. 🤷🏽‍♀️📚 3w
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I think that is interesting too. I don‘t really see why it won the National Book Award, but I am glad I read it. I‘ll be very interested to see how it goes for you. 💙 (edited) 3w
thebluestocking @Buechersuechtling It is hard to wait! But there are always other books to read. 💙 3w
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Vansa
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I can't think of any other book that has had me change my opinion so dramatically in a matter of pages- from mediocrity to by far favourite book of the year.

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teresareads
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Pickpick

There's a lot in this book to ponder, and I like that about it. I pull at some of the dangling threads in my review. #tob20 https://shelflove.wordpress.com/2019/12/26/trust-exercise/

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ClairesReads
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Panpan

It‘s a no from me.

At a very basic level, by the end of the novel I could see what Choi was trying to do here. Ordinarily I like unreliable narrators and narratives, but I thought this was executed in such a scattered and poorly managed way that I found no interest or enjoyment in it. I never managed to shake the feeling that this story was so very pretentious, that I picked up in the first few pages.

BarbaraBB Your review is intriguing though! I will have to read it anyway for the #ToB2020 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Suet624 I was so disappointed it won the National Book Award. 1mo
Megabooks I totally agree with your review, and I was also disappointed that it won the NBA!! 1mo
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rachelm Glad you reviewed! For me, the second half of the book redeemed the first twice over but I can see how others would disagree 1mo
ClairesReads @rachelm what did you like about it? I‘m interested to hear some different perspectives 1mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB pretty much why I read it too 1mo
ClairesReads @Megabooks @Suet624 glad I‘m not alone 1mo
merelybookish This seems to be a critical darling that most readers hate. 1mo
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ClairesReads
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I mean this is really the only good part of this book so far

Redwritinghood Well, at least you found one good part. 1mo
Suet624 I hope you enjoy this book more than I did. 😀😳 1mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 hahah my review is up- spoiler alert, I did not haha 1mo
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood haha just the one Jerrie! 1mo
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ClairesReads
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Early days and maybe there‘s a point to this but this bit in particular is quite awful

rachelm Keep going. Seriously. 1mo
ClairesReads @rachelm I‘m determined to finish it 1mo
rachelm Looking forward to your review! 1mo
ClairesReads @rachelm I get it a bit more now...review is up 😜 1mo
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ClairesReads
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Time to see for myself whether this is genius or intolerable 🤷🏻‍♀️

merelybookish Yes, it really seems to be one or the other for people! 1mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your verdict 😉❤️ 1mo
Megabooks It was definitely one for me 🙄🙄 1mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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🌟 New Episode 🌟 Did we just read the most divisive book in all of The Bookstore‘s history?
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We know people are all over the board on this one. Tell us what you thought of TRUST EXERCISE!

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saltwaterlit
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Our first snowstorm is wrapping up (it was sort of small here). It‘s going to be a long week...I‘m starting this now, hopefully I can get into it before falling asleep 😴

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rachelm
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Pickpick

This is as much a novel about the novel format as a novel about a theatre program. I loved it for both reasons. Will be a reread for me for sure.

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Tonton
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Expandingbookshelf
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That serendipitous moment when you learn the book you just started won a National Book Award TODAY 🤗

Now I really can‘t wait to really dig into “Trust Exercise.” My night is now planned!

rachelm I‘m enjoying so far!! 2mo
SamAnne And I‘m beginning The Yellow House tomorrow, winner of the Non-fiction prize 2mo
Expandingbookshelf @SamAnne oooh I really want to read that! 2mo
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Cinfhen
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Congrats to Susan Choi this year‘s winner of the National Book Award for fiction 🎊
And congrats to Sarah M. Broom; 2019 #NationalBookAward NF winner 🎉
I think I just found my #pop20 #BookThatWonAnAwardIn2019

JennyM I found this book a slog to read! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen mixed reviews @JennyM but I did purchase book a few weeks ago when it was a #KindleDailyDeal I‘m willing to give it a try 😉 2mo
Hooked_on_books I hated this book. I‘m mad it won. I wanted Disappearing Earth to win. I wanted Thick to win for NF, but do look forward to The Yellow House. I‘ve heard good things. 2mo
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Cinfhen Im still surprised that On Earth didn‘t make the short list @Hooked_on_books Award season is always surprising!! Do you follow #TheRooster #ToB ???? 2mo
Hooked_on_books I do pay attention to their list, as I‘ve found some great books on it. But their tournament often ends with a book I disliked winning. Maybe I‘m just the weirdo. 😜 I‘m just bummed about NBA as I‘ve found them to be a pretty reliable mirror of my taste and they weren‘t this year. Hopefully we‘ll realign next year. 2mo
Megabooks I bailed on Trust Exercise. Hated it! I hope you like it more. 2mo
Cinfhen Wow!! That‘s 3 in a row who hated Trust Exercise @JennyM @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks 2mo
Soubhiville I also bailed on Trust Exercise. I‘m looking forward to Yellow House though. @Mitch picked it up while she was in Austin. Did you read it yet Mitch? 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I own both of these but haven‘t read either. Surprise surprise. 🙄 2mo
Cinfhen No shock there @MicheleinPhilly but I am surprised to see another bail @Soubhiville Gee, this book is not getting any love from Littens today 2mo
Jas16 I‘m another one who hated Trust Exercises. 2mo
Mitch @Soubhiville not yet ! Arrgghh too many wonderful books! 2mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! How did Trust win??? @Jas16 2mo
Ruthiella I enjoyed Trust Exercise! One vote for it.😂 It is an odd book but ultimately enjoyed the challenge of it. It makes the reader complicit in its message I think. I‘ve not read Yellow House but I‘ve heard good things. I need real motivation to read nonfiction. Novels are my siren song! 2mo
Cinfhen Finally @Ruthiella !!!! 2mo
JennyM I think Trust Exercise is stylistically brilliant and I can see why those in the know think it‘s a worthy winner. But the overwrought, angsty way it was written actually made me physically anxious! And it literally was a slog to get through it. Good luck! Looking forward to your thoughts next year xx (edited) 2mo
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BeckyMerilatt
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Whoop! Congrats to Susan Choi for winning the National Book Award for this genius piece of literature. Well deserved! 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Ubookquitous Excellent news. 2mo
Ruthiella I liked this book too. It really made me think! 2mo
eraderneely Hoping my library hold comes in soon! 2mo
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jenniferw88
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@Cinfhen she's through to next week with a safe seat!!!

#bfcr4 update week 3
10/12 books
4 1/2 / 3 walks!!!
1/3 fruit and veg
1 day w/o chocolate
18/23 blood sugars
23/28 injections
14/14 magnesium

@wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit

Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! So exciting to hear!!! We get the show televised on Sunday and Wednesday ( I think) 🤔I‘ve been watching on YouTube 😉 3mo
Chrissyreadit Nice on the walks!!!! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
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Moray_Reads
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This is the sort of thing that is making this book an almost unbearable chore

MicheleinPhilly WHAT??? My head. It hurts. 3mo
RachelO Um, no. 3mo
ravenlee Between that and reading the synopsis, I‘m going with a hard pass. 3mo
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LeahBergen Oh, GOD. 🙄🙄🙄 3mo
Moray_Reads @leahbergen @ravenlee @RachelO @MicheleinPhilly I waded through to the end but it was interminable, overwrought and self-important characters wrapped up in overwrought self-important prose. And not in a clever or interesting way 3mo
Suet624 Yup. I was seriously disappointed by this book. 3mo
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thebluestocking
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The fiction finalists for the National Book Awards were announced today. I have not read any of these!

#nationalbookaward

cathipink I've read the last two and really liked both. Listening to Trust Exercise right now. 3mo
thebluestocking @cathipink That‘s awesome. 💙 I‘m putting holds in the ones my library has. 3mo
cathipink I hope you enjoy! I'll be curious to hear your thoughts 🙂 3mo
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llawela
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Pickpick

Choi captures the excruciating aspects of being a teen girl so well. Laughed aloud so often...would have underlined equally often if it wasn't a library book.
Book then becomes something quite else, which while jarring at first, was ultimately brilliant. Highly recommend.

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sakeriver
Pickpick

Most of what I've seen people say about this book has focused on the structure. And, yes, that was striking, but what stuck with me most was the portrayal of different forms of desire, the slippery perspective, the theater milieu. I do find the metafictional aspect interesting, the conversation it provokes about the nature (and responsibility?) of fiction, but I‘m not sure quite where I or the book are on those questions. Anyway, yeah, I liked it.

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sakeriver
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therealdealbeall
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I've never attended performing arts school, but boy oh boy did Susan Choi capture how I feel about musicals being someone who does community theatre but can't sing.

lynneamch Found her fascinating today at #NatBookFest, but think I'll start with one of her others instead. Maybe 5mo
therealdealbeall @lynneamch I can definitely see how this one might not be for everyone. I was interested because of the theatre content and didn't realize how much teenage off-stage drama there would be. I've been doing it as an audiobook, but I might have gotten more annoyed with it if I was reading a physical copy. 5mo
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mklong
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Panpan

I hated pretty much everyone in this novel, which is not a great starting point. Choi seemed to be trying to make this much more than teenage melodrama, but for me, it didn‘t get there. The narrative tricks she uses in an attempt to elevate it, feel like tricks and as such, fell flat for me.

KristenDuck Thanks for being honest! 5mo
merelybookish I'm so curious about this book! It has rave reviews but so many people hate it. I guess I need to read it for myself. 5mo
mklong @merelybookish I would be interested to hear what you think. There seems to be no in between on this one. 5mo
Megabooks Totally agree! 5mo
Redwritinghood Yup! Totally agree. This one didn‘t appeal to me either. 5mo
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ONH
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Pickpick

This book is SO GOOD— but I keep having to stop reading it every 15 pages or so because the emotional depth and heartbreak of it is really getting me 😭

One quote I really like so far: “Feeling is the archive upon which we draw, but the archive has doors or perhaps it has drawers, it‘s got storage, an index, the metaphor for the archive of feelings has been lost on Sarah but she gets the idea. You‘re f****d if it isn‘t in order.”

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

A book about friendship and love. High school and drama. Growing up. Extremely well written.

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JennyM
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Mehso-so

What to say about this book?!?! On one hand I thought it was brilliant. Focused on a thespian group of adolescents, it was dripping in teenage angst and drama, which the writing so aptly captured. Yet because of this, it was such a slog to read, and I felt wrung out every time I picked it up. Perhaps a little too over-wrought in style for me, I was quite glad when I finished it.

JennyM @cathipink - it was not what I was expecting, and I kinda need to recover now! 6mo
Suet624 Yup. I'm with you on this opinion. 6mo
JennyM @Suet624 it was a weird one, hey? The writing did something to me...I had a ball of anxiety in my chest pretty much through most of it. Which only a skilled writer can achieve, but it wasn‘t a pleasant experience! 6mo
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cathipink Thank you for tagging me in your review! I'm sorry it was only a so-so 🙁 I think I might give it a pass... 6mo
JennyM @cathipink a pass is a good choice I think. Lots of other books to pick from as a next read 😊 6mo
Megabooks Slog pretty much describes how I feel about it. 🤣 6mo
JennyM @Megabooks I hear you!!! 😆 6mo
RaimeyGallant Interesting! 6mo
JennyM @RaimeyGallant hats off to the author for being able to induce such strong emotions in me! 6mo
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Hestapleton
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Panpan

I don‘t think I get this one. The first half was weird and full of teenage angst, more angst-y than more YA. The second half, instead of providing clarity on the first, was more confusing than anything else. I left the book unsure of who these characters were or what actually happened to them. ⭐️⭐️ #netgalley Book 25/30 for #bfcr2

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Floresj
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Pickpick

This was quite the display of drama, and I couldn‘t put it down. I‘m not sure exactly what happened, I didn‘t really like the characters, but I‘m glad I read it for reasons I don‘t even know. It‘s been compared to Asymmetry, which I loved, and I don‘t think it was as good. Entertaining in a “these characters are a train wreck” sort of way...

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Suet624
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Had to laugh when I read this line. Truth.

tammysue That‘s so true! 6mo
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Rachel_nyc
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Mehso-so

I‘ve only read two but I‘m definitely not impressed with the summer #ToB shortlist so far. I struggled through the angsty first part of the book because I was curious what the switch in POV would bring. I don‘t want to spoil anyone with specifics but I actually started liking it but it wasn‘t enough to make up for the drama kid drama. My reading buddy wasn‘t impressed either! #catsoflitsy #camptob

brit91 Lol I love his face so cute!😍🤣😻 6mo
AlaMich Grumpy!!😾 6mo
Rachel_nyc @AlaMich @brit91 lol He is actually the sweetest cat ever but he always looks grumpy in photos! 😹😹 6mo
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Ruthiella This title and Lost Children Archive are my favorites actually. But I can see where Trust Exercise would frustrate. I‘m still not sure what happened but I‘ve enjoyed thinking about it. 6mo
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella Even though I didn‘t love it, I am definitely still thinking about it which is why I wouldn‘t dismiss it. Definitely a lot to unpack will make for lively discussion! I‘m excited to read Lost Children Archives soon. 6mo
Suet624 Yup. Glad to see I‘m not the only one with the so-so rating. 6mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

I recently listened to a podcast in which the guest talked about abandoning Susan Choi's Trust Exercise because of her negative reaction to the writing style. I found myself having a similarly hesitant reaction to the writing style--it felt overwrought . . . but it also felt deliberate. My faith was restored as the book continued, when I reached section 2. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod I don't want to take away the joy of any reader's discovery because there's a lot here the relies on the experience of reading the novel (and of reflecting on one's own reactions to the reading). It reminded me of a grad school discussion of Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet and his deliberate manipulation of the reader's understanding of each character. ⬇️ 6mo
UnabridgedPod The novel's focus is the student body of a performing arts school: their relationships, with each other and with their teachers, provide a dramatic tale of adolescence, of innocence and corruption, of coming of age. At any rate, I'll just say: Stick with Trust Exercise. The book is worth the journey. (This is another Camp ToB book!) 6mo
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Suet624
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Love this line. I‘m quite familiar with a few of these types. 😂😂

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Suet624
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Mehso-so

I read this as part of the Tournament of Books Summer Camp Program. I can‘t “pan” it outright because Choi‘s attempt was appreciated, but I will say that I never cared at any time for any of the characters, the writing, or the concept. I‘m with @DavidDiamond @TheNerdyProfessor who both made me laugh with their comments on the book. My advice? Don‘t bother.

BarbaraBB Such a pity you didn‘t like it. I was just adding it to my wishlist because of @AlizaApp review. I held you both high when it comes to bookish taste. Now I don‘t know anymore 🤷🏻‍♀️😉! Maybe I must judge for myself! 😘 (edited) 6mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB everything that @AlizaApp says is true and I appreciated the attempt that was made to tell this story. However, I just didn‘t like any of it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Check it out. I‘d love to see where you fall in the like/dislike scale. 😀 6mo
AlizaApp @Suet624 I understand why this book is not for everyone, so that‘s fair. But I do like when books and stories genuinely surprise me, which this one did. I also love a vengeful narrator. So this one ended up working for me! @BarbaraBB I guess you will have to read it and let us know! 6mo
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BarbaraBB @AlizaApp I guess I will. Both your reactions make me real curious! 💜 6mo
Megabooks I bailed! 6mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m reading this now and I‘m glad to see I‘m not the only one with mixed feelings about it. I just finished the first part and actively dislike most of the characters. I‘m curious to know where all this is leading though. 6mo
Liz_M I need you all to hash tag your ToB reviews so I can read the books vicariously. 😁 I am resisting getting sucked in until I finish my 1001-books goal. 6mo
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I‘m curious if you finished this one. Your thoughts? 6mo
Suet624 @Liz_M this summer‘s selection of books so far has been meh. Lost Children Archive is one I wouldn‘t have read if not for the TOB though and I definitely think it‘s one to be read. 6mo
Rachel_nyc @Suet624 I did finish and I thought the change in POV in the second part of the book made it much more interesting and thought provoking. I can‘t say I enjoyed the book but I think the fact that even after finishing, it‘s not clear what really happened makes for an interesting conversation. 6mo
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I agree that the second half made the story more interesting. I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 💕 6mo
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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

Theater kids and the inappropriate teachers who interfere with their lives. There is no way to describe this without spoiling, but I loved the way things were not what they seemed, and the ways the author reminds us to never trust a writer.

saresmoore Okay, I‘m intrigued! 6mo
BarbaraBB Me too. Great review. 6mo
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Godpants
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Trying something a little different than my usual.

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DreesReads
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Pickpick

I really struggled with the first half of this one—the second half pulled it all together with the perspective of another character. There were several reveals that felt like they were supposed to be bombshells, but they weren‘t. I think Choi crafted this so carefully that the clues are all there. #camptob

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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi is a hard novel to discuss without ruining the experience so I will just say it starts out with high school students in an arts magnet school with a lot of theater focus. I read it because it was on the tournament of books camptob list.

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DavidDiamond
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Panpan

Rambling and repetitive prose, scant use of punctuation and no chapters! To sum up my feelings for the book, I shall express them much in the same way as is described in the book itself during one of the trust exercises between two of the main characters:
"You did not like this book."
"I did not like this book."
"You did not like this book."
"I did not like this book."
"You did not like this book."
"I did not like this book."

Well-ReadNeck 😂😂😂 7mo
TheNerdyProfessor I think you mean: You did not like this book ... YOU did not like this book ... You did NOT like this book... 🤦I hated this one. 7mo
LiteraryinLititz Wow! I have this on my shelf and wonder if I‘ll have the same reaction. Thanks for the warning! 7mo
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DavidDiamond @TheNerdyProfessor I thought that‘s how it went, but couldn‘t be bothered enough to search the book to be sure. I just wanted it over with! 7mo
DavidDiamond @LiteraryinLititz You‘ve been warned! 😂 7mo
Suet624 @TheNerdyProfessor I laughed when I saw your comments in addition to David‘s. So accurate. 6mo
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DavidDiamond
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Me trying to get through this book.

BarbaraBB Is it hard?! 7mo
DavidDiamond @BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t say its hard as in difficult to understand...but hard in the sense that it‘s just tough to get through. Meandering at times and repetitive with sentences that go on and on. But I‘m going to keep going! 7mo
Suet624 That's me right now. 7mo
DavidDiamond @Suet624 😂😂 6mo
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Christine
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Theme of today‘s library new release shelf impulse borrows: Super Buzzy Books with Very Mixed Reviews on Litsy. Wondering which one to try first...🎲

Augustdana I really liked normal people, if that helps at all! 😁😁 8mo
Christine @Augustdana Haha, yes, it does help! 8mo
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BittersweetBooks
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Girls are complicated. They rarely love each other without also hating each other. They often react to differences of situation with envy even if the difference, the thing their girlfriend has that they don‘t, is a thing they never wanted in the first place 🎭

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BooksForEmpathy
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I‘ve been in a bit of a reading rut and Susan Choi‘s novel was everything I wanted and didn‘t even know I needed.

I loved the structure and the story (with A+ themes of memory, first love, artistic endeavors, power and abuse, relationships between mentors and students) and most importantly, how Choi forced me to take an active role in what I was doing + reading + believing. Reading is a “trust exercise” itself, and this realization was thrilling.

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BooksForEmpathy
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Yesterday was really nice 💕.

I have about 50 pages left in this book and I think it‘s exquisite. It‘s subtle and can be dense, yet I was all in from the first “trust exercise” the characters take part in. I loved participating in drama therapy exercises in grad school and this reminds me of how immersive, terrifying, and deeply cathartic they can be.

saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
BarbaraBB That picture 😍 8mo
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

Probably my biggest issue with this book is that I just didn‘t care what happened to any of the characters. They were all drawn as petty children, parochial in their own sense of their worldliness. I think that was intentional, but even unlikable characters can be interesting if there is a story that works. This one doesn‘t. The first part is very dramatic. The second part switches to a different character‘s POV. The ending - 🤷🏻‍♀️ Maybe 2.5⭐️

8little_paws Oh I 100% agree with this reviews 8mo
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Kleonard
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the first half of this book much more than the second half. 😐

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andytbarnes
Pickpick

I know art is subjective and all of that but I am baffled by the low review scores on this one. Respectfully think Littens missed the mark on this. 31% pick what may go down as my favorite read of 2019, weird! A destabilizing read, Choi‘s crafted something bold. Something that expertly meditates on memory, autonomy, and the nature of fiction itself. Clearly not for everyone but for those after something unsettling, I found it supremely rewarding.

REPollock I get the idea that people like to hate on Susan Choi. I haven‘t read this one yet but I found the two books of hers I have read really thought-provoking and they both had a lot of haters. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 8mo
suzisteffen Immediate stack add! Also, hmmmmmmm, why DO people hate on Susan Choi? 8mo
BeckyMerilatt I loved it too! I think it‘s a really important book as well. The fluidity if the truth etc. Very timely. 8mo
8little_paws This was my first Susan Choi. I got really sick of the teens in part 1, having just finished employment at a public arts school just like in the book, and I struggled to re-engage after that. 8mo
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This is FABULOUS idea @wanderinglynn! Since my surgeries two (!) years ago, my physical activity has tanked and I feel it every day in so many ways. Therefore my goal is 30+ minutes of any kind of physical activity per day (cardio, leisurely walks, strength training, yoga, etc.), and 12 books read. Join in, everyone!

#bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻 Welcome aboard! Great goals. 👍🏻 9mo
Kaye 💚 9mo
Reecaspieces Awesome 9mo
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