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Book Review: ‘Trinkets’ by Kirsten Smith

Title: Trinkets

Author: Kirsten Smith

Length: 288 pages

Publisher: Scholastic UK

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘Trinkets’ has been made into a Netflix series and I was lucky enough to be sent the book by Scholastic UK. I couldn’t wait to get started.

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 Tabitha and Elodie 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 goody-two-shoes attitude, pretty much has klepto written across her forehead in indelible marker. But both of them are nothing compared to snow, a bad girl with an even worse reputation. Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a queen bee, a wallflower, and a burn-out. A more unlikely trio high school has rarely seen. And yet when Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, the forge a strange alliance, linked by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it.

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a super quick read (I never read quickly, so you can tell I did enjoy it) that was funny, smart and heartwarming. I couldn’t put ‘Trinkets’ down.

This book features three fantastic characters who each had a good individual storylines. Tabitha, the popular girl who’s trying to find her true self and dealing with her boyfriend. Elodie, who begins a sweet romance that’s lovely to read and Moe, who was probably my favourite, deal with her own issues. The perspectives were so different and rack personality was strong. It was a really enjoyable aspect of the book.

Here’s what really shone throughout the novel, was the girls friendship. I loved reading the friendship form, and what a thing to bond over!! It was so interesting seeing them cling to each other in their meetings, to the friendship being one they all came to really depended on. I love reading about female friendship, especially when it’s this written this well.

I mean, it’s such an interesting premise. Three girls who go the same school, meet in shoplifters anonymous. It’s a fantastic place for the story to start. When they start having stealing competitions, and the friendship forms. I just loved it. This book also has a twist that I didn’t see coming. I was shocked. I won’t spoil it but damn!

Kirsten Smith (who wrote Legally Blonde, so you know this book was gonna be good) has written a fantastic YA novel. With smart, funny writing and a new take on female friendship. I enjoyed this book immensely.

Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. This book has finally been released in the UK. Did you enjoy the Netflix series? Why not read the book and see the differences between the two.

Until the next review

JTH

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