Reading Trust Exercises is like watching Susan Choi draw a perfect circle, freehand, over and over and over. She's drawing a ring around a set of circumstances and a set of questions and asking you to look, then look again, and then one more time to be sure. At an exclusive high school theater program, Sarah and David fall in love under the watchful gaze of their enigmatic instructor, who provokes his students to both endless vulnerability and competition. The adult reader will pick up immediately on the exploited, uneven power dynamics that Choi's characters are almost helpless to avoid. The twisted knots binding all of the students together get even more tangled when Sarah and David break up, and what follows is a spiral of events explored with incredible intelligence, nuance, and emotional depth.