May the best thief win.
The Shoplifter's 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 Foster and Elodie Shaw walk in. Tabitha has everything she wants: money, popularity, a hot boyfriend who worships her . . . and 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 Moe, a bad girl with an even worse reputation.
Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a beauty queen, a wallflower, and a burnout—a trio that couldn't be more different. And yet when Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, so begins a surprising 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 discovering the rules of friendship.
The Geography of Girlhood
Penny Morrow is ready to escape the pocket of him, ready to be in love, ready to find her way in the world. Navigating the choppy waters of her life, she confronts the complicated truths of her not-quite-normal, the highs and lows of high school, her lost mother and her lost best friend, and one alluring bad boy who just might be more adventure than she bargained for.
Written in raw, captivating verse, Kirsten Smith's powerful debut novel explores the heartbreak and humor of what it really means to be a girl stumbling toward adulthood without a map.
“Funny, sad, all too real, and a thorough delight to read.” - Tom Perrota, bestselling author of Little Children and Election
“GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD perfectly captures what being a teenager is all about, from the smallest insecurities to the biggest heartbreaks.” - Sarah Dessen, author of The Truth About Forever
“Kirsten Smith's verse is spare, subtle and tender.” - Deb Caletti, author of The Nature of Jade and Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
“A quirky and poignant sotry filled with wonderful details.” - Curtis Sittenfeld, NY Times bestselling author of Prep
“A beautifully written, remarkably perceptive take on growing up. I only wish this book had been around when I was a teenager.” - Julia Stiles
“Alternately caustic and vulnerable, above all, Smith's writing is true.” - E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List
“Can you please send more copies? I need to give some to the neighbors.” - my mom
The cover of Trinkets
The cover photo was taken by 19-year-old photographer Petra Collins. See more of her work here. Her friends Isla Cowan, Ali Harcourt and Kim Esquilla are the cover models. More from Petra's Trinkets shoot:
What people are saying about Trinkets
“I want to build a shrine to this book. It explores and debunks high school clichés and understands the language only teenage feelings speak. Its three narrators make a unique story not only exciting to experience vicariously, but relatable. It will sit on my shelf next to a My So-Called Life box set and copies of The Virgin Suicides and Girl, Interrupted.” — Tavi Gevinson, editor-in-chief, Rookie
“Hilarious and wise, Trinkets brought me straight back to those hellish days of high school. I fell in love with these three girls—their individual struggles are so real and wonderfully touching.” — Anna Faris, star of The House Bunny
“I am not surprised that Kirsten Smith once again has written something so insightful, sensitive, and, of course, funny. Trinkets is a beautiful creation. It is raw and full of heart, honest and open. Never has someone described the phenomenon of ‘mirror faces’ more perfectly. I am grateful for that.” — Ellen Page, star of Juno and Whip It
“Leave it to Kirsten Smith to write a smart, sweet, edgy, funny, and completely endearing story about three very different girls who are forced to see past each other's (and their own) high school labels when they're thrown together in to Shoplifter's Anonymous. Trinkets is ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Klepto’ by way of ‘The Breakfast Club:’ it is as tempting and rewarding to turn the page as it is for these girls to pocket a lip gloss without getting caught. It's a must-steal … I mean, must-read!” – Jordan Roter, author of Camp Rules and Girl in Development
“I love this book.” — my agent
Praise for TrinketsPublishers Weekly
“Eleventh graders Elodie, Tabitha, and Moe all attend Lake Oswego High, but burnout Moe and new girl Elodie are way below alpha girl Tabitha’s notice. Soon, though, they have something in common: after being caught shoplifting, Elodie and Tabitha are remanded to the counseling program Moe’s already in. Smith shifts among the three girls’ distinctive viewpoints: Tabitha is becoming skeptical about her lacrosse-star boyfriend and clothing—and looks-obsessed friends; tough girl Moe yearns for the neighbor boy who only likes her when no one’s around; and Elodie writes in a free-verse narrative that’s literary without being precious, a style Smith used in The Geography of Girlhood. The girls’ unlikely friendship starts with a contest to see who can boost the best stuff and develops as they find that they share more than the understanding that, as Elodie says, “a stolen present/ means way more than one that’s been bought/ because of what you had to go through to get it.” The plot lines converge a bit too neatly, but it’s a small flaw in this funny, smart, and perceptive book.”
“Collecting stolen loot leads to collecting friends.
Shy transfer student Elodie, popular “princess” Tabitha and tough-looking, “burnout” Moe (short for Maureen) cross paths unexpectedly when each is forced to complete a 12-week Shoplifters Anonymous program. Hiding their association by day among their clique-driven social circles, the three high school juniors secretly meet outside of their Portland, Ore., school to brag and compare notes about their pilfered swag. In the process of learning about their shoplifting addiction, Elodie, Tabitha and Moe discover they have even more in common when it comes to family, relationships, sexuality, body image and self-esteem problems. Smith gives each young woman a distinct voice, emphasized through Elodie’s verse form, Tabitha’s prose and Moe’s diary entries. As they become less concerned with appearance and more interested in filling the voids in their lives with healthy choices, the teens make their unconventional friendship public.
Although the storyline is predictable from the start, a few slight twists, realistic encounters, romances all around and a just-right ending will make this a hit with fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, Elizabeth Scott and other venerable chick-lit authors. (Chick lit. 14 & up)”