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-


  1. An awesome review of the book love to get my hands on with this one thanks for the review

  2. I love how this book doesn't focus on the fact that they steal, but why they steal, that sounds really amazing. I definitely want to read this one, love all three point of views too! Definitely adding this one! Thanks Kare! :)

  3. I've never heard of this one, but it actually sounds pretty good. The word "steal-off" was kind of off-putting, so I'm really glad the book focuses on the why's of shoplifting instead of the how's. I always find the psychology behind weird obsessions interesting. Thanks for the rec!

  4. This book sounds amazing!!! I am definitely going to read it.
    I'm glad you liked all three main characters!
    Thanks for sharing (:
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  5. Trinkets is a really, really fun read! Awesome characters, loved the individual persona's and the style of writing. I think that this is a great book for teenage girls.

  6. Thanks for this Kare! xo Kirsten


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