Mini Book Review: Trinkets – Kirsten Smith

Author(s): Kirsten Smith
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: Out now


The Shoplifters Anonymous meetings that sixteen-year-old Moe is forced to attend 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.

Taken from Trinkets


Meet Moe, Tabitha, and Elodie. Same school, different circles of friends. They all have one thing in common – shoplifting.

Trinkets is not really about shoplifting in itself but what the act of shoplifting represents.

All three girls have their own issues and demons to deal with – one of them doesn’t even need to shoplift; she can spend as much of her father’s money as she likes. But dealing with the knowledge of her father’s affairs and her mother’s reluctance to acknowledge the issue, she is driven to a shoplifting as an outlet.

But will Moe, Tabitha, and Elodie see the error of their ways before they all get into serious trouble?

This is a book about friendship and families, and dealing with growing up. It is the perfect read for teens and young adults, and would serve well as a tool to open up discussions about dealing with complicated issues.

Many thanks to Scholastic for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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