Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Review: Trinkets by Kristen Smith

Title: Trinkets
Author: Kirsten Smith
Pages: 288
Publication: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary taken from goodreads:
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.


I really liked Kirsten Smith's writing style in here. Although the three main characters are complete opposites of each other, she manages to convey their personalities so well through her words. And even though they have such different personalities and writing styles, Smith is still able to create a sense of unity through them with her flowing words and humorous diction.

However, one thing that really bugged me in the beginning was that there were so many names thrown around that I got confused. Sure, many of them were just side characters that appeared once or twice, but even more were mentioned quite a few times, so I got really irritated trying to remember who was a douche and who was a burnout and who was a supposed best friend.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. You could tell from the beginning just how much stuff Elodie, Moe, and Tabitha were going through, so it was fun tagging along on their journey, watching them grow and realize the importance of being true to themselves. Plus, there quite some hilarious parts in the book that had me chuckling along, which is always a bonus.

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