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.
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