With the revelation that Sarah wrote those, it all makes sense. So many books and films present teenage years as a passing phase, a hormonal storm that passes in time. ", Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2020. It’s also a work that lives in the gray area between art and reality: the space where alchemy happens.” ―The Atlantic, “Book groups, meet your next selection. This 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. . The remainder of the book’s first half is a slog through their now estranged relationship, as they are pressured by their creepy acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley, to dig into their emotions during acting class “trust exercises” and as they both move on to other equally bad relationships with members of an acting troupe from England in town to put on a performance of Candide. Free UK p&p over £15, online orders only. . Wasn't that the whole point? More than anything, the way people's names change based on who is telling the story kind of masked the story for me in a bad way. ―Marie Claire “Immerses the reader in the suffocating hothouse atmosphere of a 1980s performing arts high school and all the intense drama, heartbreak, and scandal many remember from their teen years.” ―Los Angeles Times “Riveting. Amanda, please introduce yourself to the campers! You’ll definitely want to read with a friend to trade reactions and hot takes.” ―Book Riot, “A punchy, hotly anticipated novel. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. ne’s an occupational therapist and the other’s in real estate now). Ugh, I loved (although admittedly do not remember) My Education, but I found this unbearable. . Now I realize what I didn’t love wasn’t Susan Choi’s novel, but Sarah’s novel. . Her book reminded me a lot of things my peers and I wrote in high school, which is to say overwrought and self-focused (so say we all), but I’m really impressed by how intentionally Choi wrote it that way. It's been quite buzzed about, and I was expecting something perhaps like Notes on a Scandal.
. I hated this book. . . you have to keep reading and read it again because the ambiguities are all genius! If he is, th, ME to SUSAN CHOI: “I did not enjoy this book.”, Agree with everyone above. Presented by Bookshop. . I picked it up after some friends had raved about it, and now I'm going to do my best to rave about it to you. . 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.
. This one doesn’t. Did I get obsessed with it? We also find out that Karen left high school after Martin got her pregnant, and that—unbeknownst to him, until he reaches the States—she will be acting opposite him in the play. I completely agree with your assessment of the plot and Choi's intentions with her deliberately confusing. The book doesn't ever fully come to a conclusion,you just fill in the gaps and try to make sense of the rubbish printed.
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