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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031616027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316160278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Burnout Moe, Queen Bee Tabitha, and Nice Girl Elodie all have different reasons to shoplift. Besides all going to the same high school, their Shoplifters Anonymous meetings are the only thing they have in common. Initially, they get together to prove who is the best thief. Eventually, the girls bond on their stealing sprees and become friends. The narrative shifts among the girls' voices, each section only a few pages long. Moe speaks in short paragraphs, Tabitha in longer ones, Elodie in verse. Readers are shown why each teen steals, but the psychology behind kleptomania is not overexplained, and the author doesn't preach about its evils. In the end, none of the teens take their program seriously, but the friendship they forge acts as a type of group therapy, allowing them to come to peace with the things in their lives that drive their behavior and the need for the rush of excitement that comes with not getting caught. With different glimpses of high school life, some romance for each character, and family drama that doesn't overwhelm the plot, Trinkets is a quick and entertaining read.-Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Judging by the success of Ally Carter and Elisa Ludwig, books about sticky-fingered teen thieves mired in larger-than-life plots are in vogue. In this tale of three teen shoplifters, the emphasis is on the reality of being caught. As disparate as the items they lift, A-list teen queen Tabitha, slacker Moe, and good-girl drudge Elodie have been sent to Shoplifters Anonymous, where they bond around their shared habit. In first-person sections that suit their personalities (Moe’s self-deprecating bursts, Elodie’s prose poems, and Tabitha’s more traditional diarylike entries), they trace how getting to know one another allows them to break out of the roles in which they feel trapped. The engaging story nails the claustrophobic feel of high school and manages to supply the girls with reasons for being kleptos without sounding like a pamphlet picked up in a psychologist’s waiting room. This will appeal to readers who like their slice-of-life novels less gritty than an Ellen Hopkins book but still prefer to keep it real. Grades 8-11. --Karen Cruze

More About the Author

Kirsten Smith is a screenwriter of girl power movies and an author of YA novels.

She co-wrote LEGALLY BLONDE, 10THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, THE HOUSE BUNNY, SHE'S THE MAN and THE UGLY TRUTH.

The YA novels she's written are THE GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD, a novel-in-verse, and TRINKETS, a tale about girl shoplifters.

Her favorite comedy words are "cheese" and "nipples."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Weisman Graham on March 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
TRINKETS is a beautifully told story of friendship between three girls who, despite their outward differences, ultimately help each other discover the people they truly are. Touching, hilarious, and real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug on March 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Sharp, wise and funny -- with real observations about girls surviving and thriving through their high school years. An engaging hook that unfolds into a worthwhile literate read. I'll be recommending this one for a long time. One of the best TYA novels of the year --
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kara Palladino on March 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
An exciting book with twists and turns. An interesting idea that I would never have thought of in a million years. I recommend this read!
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By hosanna on May 11, 2014
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I loved this book. I enjoyed the viewpoint from each one of the characters and how they were all intertwined. I suggest this to everyone
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Kirsten Smith’s Trinkets achieves an unexpected feat. I didn’t ever expect to sympathize with shoplifting Portland teen girls, but I did. Not only that, I full-on fell in love with the quasi-criminal trio— with their distinct voices, their shameless pop dance parties, and the wonderfully unlikely development of their friendship.

The respect Smith has for the struggles/turmoil/realities of life as a teenage girl and the way she portrays them with such remarkable authenticity never ceases to awe me. I often forget what it felt like to be that age, but as soon as I dove into the inner worlds of Elodie, Moe, and Tabitha, I was there. Some of my favorite lines--

On crushes: "I'll just sit here and think about how much it sucks we can't hang out and how much I hate him even though I don’t.” AGH! SO REAL.
On friendship: "I should be able to tell them the sky is magenta or whatever, and they should believe me." PREACH.
On painted toenails: “Little blue smurf turds.” (Had to include that one because it made me laugh so hard and felt exactly like something one of my best friends would say.)

This book is like Voodoo Donuts— delicious, devourable, and utterly unique.
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Source: Library

I think had seen this book around as an upcoming 2013 release but it really got my attention when one of my favorite bloggers reviewed it (obviously I'm talking about Jen Ryland/YA Romantics). Her mention of its glossy portrayal of shoplifting and its aftereffects as well as the healthy dose of humor drew me to this book. Additionally there was the promise of strong female friendship and sweet romances. We so often agree and I had a good feeling about this.

All the aforementioned elements are present and I flew through this cute book. Not surprisingly Smith co-wrote some of my favorite films: 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, Ella Enchanted, and She's the Man in addition to other films and writing. While reading I just felt so comforted

The book is told through three alternating perspectives: poetic Elodie whose chapters are told in verse (which always makes for fast reading); spoiled popular Tabitha; and burnout rebel Moe. On the surface these girls are unlikely to even meet, let alone become friends. But that's exactly what happens when they're all enrolled in Shoplifters Anonymous and set a challenge to see who can steal the most; yeah, these girls aren't very repentant. Fortunately as the story moves, they do start to feel some guilt, they all make some pretty big changes in their lives, and all three become embroiled in very cute love stories.

These was just the kind of book I was craving-a light, frothy fast read that makes me smile while also demonstrating tremendous character growth. All of the girls steal and have problems with their parents and their friends (the first problem is a bit unusual but the other two are fairly common).
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What do Moe, Tabitha, and Elodie have in common? Not a whole lot. In fact, pretty much nothing, if you were to ask any of them before the day they meet up in, of all places, Shoplifters Anonymous.

These are girls from all different walks of life. Tabitha is a "typical" pampered princess, Moe a so-called rebel living with her Aunt, and Elodie is the new girl in town, still struggling with changes in her family. They go to the same school, even take some of the same classes, but never, ever would have talked to each other if it weren't for the one thing they share: stealing stuff. Whether it's a stick of gum or a designer bag, the girls soon find themselves meeting secretly and challenging each other to take stuff. And as it gets more and more intense, they're finding that they are -- holy crap -- maybe even bonding.

Of course, they all know none of this can go on forever -- the shoplifting or the friendship. Or can it? As the girls truly get to know one another, they realize there's more to their bonds than their secret trips. Can they make it work?

In a super fun, modern twist on classics like The Breakfast Club (is this at all surprising, given Kirsten Smith's screenwriting creds?), TRINKETS is a wonderful story of friendship, family, adversity, and the occasional hijinks. Fans of Susane Colasanti and Lauren Myracle will fall in love with these characters and find themselves aching for more YA from Kirsten Smith.
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