KLEPTO by Jenny Pollack

KLEPTO

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this outstanding first novel, two 14-year old girls become best friends by forming a common bond: shoplifting. The two girls, both named Julie, haunt New York’s boutiques and department stores, becoming more and more expert at stealing clothes. Julie P., the narrator, idolizes her friend but feels ever increasing fear and guilt over their stealing. Julie P. finally begins seeing a counselor as she struggles to quit stealing, then confesses to her mother. At last, she tells her friend that she won’t continue stealing, whereupon Julie B. drops her cold. Almost immediately, however, Julie P. attracts the boy she idolizes. But when that new relationship also turns rocky, she wonders if she can rekindle her relationship with her lost friend. Pollack’s writing keeps the story light enough for teen audiences, yet races along with real suspense as she convincingly explores the depths of adolescence. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-670-06061-5
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2006