Review: Trinkets-Kirsten Smith

3/5 Stars

Trinkets-Kirsten Smith

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People disappear, but objects stay.

Brady and Jason and Noah all laugh. Kayla doesn’t look at me. Suddenly, I don’t want to punch him anymore. I just want to run away. I’m hit with the realization that this is what happens to princesses in real life. They don’t get kissed awake by princes. The don’t get handed the keys to the kingdom. They don’t live happily ever after. In real life, they are publicly humiliated; they are thrown from their towers. This is what they don’t tell you when you’re a little girl: Everyone secretly hates a princess. Everyone wants to see her fall. 

Plot: Trinkets is told from the perspectives of three high school girls from very different backgrounds. Tabitha is the teen queen. She has a sexy, rowdy, jock boyfriend, the most attractive, popular friends, and lots of money. She’s fashionable, bitchy, and just enough of a snob to reign supreme. But all is not happy in paradise, she’s only with her boyfriend because she feels like she has to be to complete her image, her parents barely speak to each other, and she’s just so bored with the blandness of it all. Elodie is the new girl. She’s shy, she’s not overly attractive but not ugly, she’s in yearbook, and has a major crush on Tabitha’s boyfriend. Too fast after her mother’s death, her father remarried a woman much younger than him, who is obsessed with health food. Elodie hates her. Moe hangs out with the burnouts, smoking pot, doing shrooms, and head banging to loud, screamo music. She has cherry red hair and a distinctly gothic style, her parents died when she was younger and her and her brother live with their aunt. All of these girls have one giant secret in common, they’re practiced shopaholics. In varying circumstances, each of the girls are caught stealing and in order to escape a criminal record, must attend Shopaholics Anonymous meetings. Through their mutual disdain for SA meetings these girls discover that friendship is about more than social obligations and expectations, that friendship is about connecting at a fundamental place in your heart. Their difficult, yet blossoming friendship leads them on the road to self discovery, and to transcending labels placed upon them by their peers, and society in general.

PROS:

  • Each section is written in a style unique to the character, creating a wonderful variety of prose, choppy sentences that read like modern poetry, and blurbs of epiphany-esque introspection.
  • The girls are labeled with clichéd, stereotypically high school tags-the beauty queen, the wallflower, and the burnout. Normally this would be a negative, overused and tired method that is somewhat expected. However, by enforcing this process like it’s a form of nomenclature and the suppositions that accompany them, it amplifies what separates them from their peers, and really reinforces the notion that there’s so much more to a person than their clique, their style, and their mannerisms. The characters are not overly complex but no matter how much money they have, whether they come from a single parent home or an unhappily married couple, each has their own problems that puts everyone on even ground.
  • Moe has a delightfully, dirty and twisted sense of humor. Her pranks and rambunctious rebellious side are one of the main highlights of the story.

CONS:

  • One of my issues with stories told from several perspectives is that it’s hard to evenly spread out the story between each character. It felt like Tabitha definitely had a larger part than Elodie, which although fitting with their personalities, a balance would have given more insight into each character, not just Elodie. It seemed a little like a main character, with her secondary supplements.
  • Some things went unresolved. Several things that should have been very serious were shrugged off and skimmed over. The emotions of each girl were so skewed, they felt almost numb and it was difficult to emotionally commit to the characters.
  • The whole therapy process of shopaholics anonymous wasn’t as in-depth or focused as it should have been. Really it was a bunch of bored girls, waiting for the moment it could end until they could go steal some Betsey Johnson. It also didn’t go into enough detail on why they felt the need to shoplift.

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Happy reading everyone,

-BB