Author: Kirsten Smith
Length: 288 pages
Publisher Little Brown and Co. BFYR
Rating: 5 Stars
Sixteen-year-old Moe's Shoplifters Anonymous meetings are usually punctuated by the snores of an old man and the whining of the world's unhappiest housewife. Until the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie Shaw 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 goodie-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 more unlikely trio high school has rarely seen. And yet, when Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, so begins a strange alliance linked by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it.
This is a very unpretentious contemporary read. Written in varying styles of journal entry; the honest pictures that Moe, Tabitha, and Elodie paint of their lives and crimes make reading their stories a voyeuristic experience.
These three voices speak to readers of lives spent playing roles based not on who they are, but on who they are perceived or expected to be.
Tabitha-the rich princess with a black AMEX and not a care in the world.
Moe-the scarey stoner chick.
Elodie-the shy, timid, yearbook nerd.
What everyone fails to see is who they really are, and that their true selves are total opposites of the masks they wear for family and friends.
These are girls crying out for the excitement, honesty, and release that they only seem to get when they steal.
That is...until they find each other.
This is a truly heart-warming read that will restore the faith of the most jaded reader in the life changing power of love, friendship, and honesty