"this baby came out of you but im not 100% sure its yours"
Funny thing - a woman who applied for welfare after her husband left her hadto supply DNA evidence he was actually the father. The results: he was definitely the father, but she wasn’t the mother. Her children were removed from her custody and she was sued for fraud, even though she insisted they were her children.
Turns out, she wasn’t a surrogate or a kidnapper (the two most obvious explanations) - she was a chimera. As an embryo, she fused at a very early stage with her twin, forming one individual. Her ovaries apparently developed from cells that had originally belonged to her vanished twin. Later on more tests showed that while the woman’s skin and hair DNA did not match her childrens, DNA taken from her cervix did.
WHAT THE FUCk
This went from stupid to really interesting in point 5 seconds.
I like Kirsten Smith, love her screenplays (Legally Blonde, you guys)
This was a solid novel.
The three protags are about equally compelling but Elodie was the only one I think could have supported the narrative on her own. Well, a narrative I would choose to read.
The thing that knocks my evaluation down from “great” to “solid” is the unnecessary romantic subplots. All three girls were assigned a new boyfriend by the end of the story. Why? I don’t now. I’m not anti-romance, but something about how in the last arc all three girls quickly had ~somebody to love~ rubbed me the wrong way.
Trinkets would not have suffered if it was “just” a story about friendship and grief. Those are very important issues that Kirsten Smith wrote about beautifully.
I don’t have much else to say except after I read it I was tempted to steal shoplift for three days. But I didn’t! Don’t use this post in an argument to ban Trinkets from a school or anything.