March 12, 2013

Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

Description: Sixteen-year-old Moe's Shoplifters Anonymous meetings are usually punctuated by the snores of an old man and the whining of the world's unhappiest housewife. Until the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie Shaw walk in. Tabitha has just about everything she wants: money, friends, popularity, a hot boyfriend who worships her...and clearly a yen for stealing. So does Elodie, who, despite her goodie-two-shoes attitude pretty much has "klepto" written across her forehead in indelible marker. But both of them are nothing compared to Moe, a bad girl with an even worse reputation.

Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a beauty queen, a wallflower, and a burnout-a more unlikely trio high school has rarely seen. And yet, when Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, so begins a strange alliance linked by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it.

Hollywood screenwriter Kirsten Smith tells this story from multiple perspectives with humor and warmth as three very different girls who are supposed to be learning the steps to recovery end up learning the rules of friendship. Goodreads

  • Three kleptos walk into a Shoplifters Anonymous  how long does it take for them to decide to go on a stealing spree? Exactly one and a half meetings. That's it. 
  • Moe: She is the genere bending one. She's a mixed bag of crazy beans and that's probably why she was my favorite. You never really knew what she was, was she the burnout trouble maker or the girl who liked to stay in on Friday night and read while taking a hot bath? Could she possibly be both or neither?
  • Elodie: Photographer for the yearbook, goody two shoes, and quiet shy girl. Why would she be at a shoplifters anonymous? Could this good girl have a devious side?
  • Tabitha: The beauty queen extraordinaire but is popularity too much to bear? I loved and hated Tabitha and I think that was the point. You loved that secretly she hated her popularity but hated that she would never do anything about it. 
  • I liked how the story wasn't focused on the fact that they stole but more of the reasons behind it. What is the real reason the girl who has everything steals? What makes a good girl so crazy that stealing is the solution? Does the burnout have a secret about her stealing methods?
  • The boys: I loved how they slowly emerged from the background of the story and you could see who the girls would end up with but watching (so to speak) them finally get to the point where they were together was the fun part. 
  • The point of views: All three girls were represented but in totally different mediums. Tabitha's was straight up prose. Elodie's was in verse style (I thought it was so cool that verse was thrown in!! Plus it totally match up to her personality). Moe wrote in her journal. The dynamics made it pretty much awesome and never boring. 
  • Sometimes when the point of view changes I find myself gravitating to a certain character, one that I like more. With this one I didn't. I just loved all three of the girls they all had just the right amount of annoyances and redemptions that they were equally loved by me. That is rare. 
  • Random Observation: The titles to tell you whose point of view it was, was a price tag... genius!!
Overall: It's like Leverage meets high school and then flirts with Breakfast Club. Yes it was that good. I just can't get over how much I loved it!

-Kare Out-

March 08, 2013

Rainbow Swirlz!!

(aka: My love of t-shirts and adorable animals combine) 

My favorites so far

Adorable no? Plus that name is also awesome, like a unicorn super hero or something. Do YOU know any cute t-shirt places that I can scour? Leave links in the comments or tweet it to me (@epicbooknerd). I'm serious, I want to see more cute t-shirts. :)

Reading Report:
Currently Reading: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman (Sounds epic just on it's premise. A library that loans out 'objects' and not books. Magical objects.) and that same Doctor Who comic (theres like 12 stories in it or something which is why it's taking so long.)
Recently Finished: Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales (average read with a great punch of 'this is what friendship is') and The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (Hex Hall meets something TOTALLY new. Just amazing!!)
On Deck: (You guessed it!) Fuse by Julianna Baggott. I keep meaning to pick this one up to read next but it never happens. So I'm also adding Mind Games by Kiersten White and Game by Barry Lyga. Maybe I'll read one of those ones at least. I'm trying not to request anymore books for right now because I already have a back stalk of books I need to read and I'll be leaving soon.

-Kare Out-

March 01, 2013

A Bird Ballet

Seriously, whatever.

So I was just you know surfing the internet last week and I found this video of a Bird Ballet. It's pretty awesome! You should watch it. Sometimes nature is so amazing. 

Anyway just thought I would share this with you. Have a good weekend!!

Reading Report:
Currently Reading: A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty and another Doctor Who graphic novel. Call me obsessed. 
Recently Finished: Doctor Who: The Forgotten by Tony Lee 
On Deck: Fuse by Julianna Baggott (still, I know)

-Kare Out-