Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
“Of the Trust Exercises there were seemingly infinite variations,” Susan Choi tells us. “Some involved talking and resembled group therapy. Some required silence, blindfolds, falling backward off tables or ladders and into the latticework of classmates’ arms.” And these exercises took place under the direction of Mr. Kingsley, presiding genius at CAPA, a special school for the performing arts.
But Trust is precisely what you should not do while reading this two-part novel, told in deadpan style, which teases you into thinking it’s going to be one of those teenage coming of age stories but eventually twists into something else entirely. Revenge.