After a minor shoplifting incident, Alexis Dubois is
to work at SmartMart for the summer. She's stuck with mean
customers, strange staff members, and a hot manager, Noah,
who happens to be the enemy of her friend group and the
school outcast. As horrible as her new job seems, Alexis
discover that it was the best thing for her.
PAPER OR PLASTIC is a perfect summer read, full of
light-hearted fun and teen drama. Under the surface,
deeper issues are touched, creating a wonderful story of
substance and heart. Alexis is a typical teenager who has
ups and downs with her parents, a big dream, and sometimes
shies away from telling her friends the truth. Vivi Barnes
does an amazing job of making seemingly normal things feel
extraordinary and full of emotion. Teens are sure to
to this, and as an adult, this brought back fun memories
my own summer jobs.
The slow burn romance is delicious and frustrating, in the
best way. Every time Noah and Alexis get close to a
moment, something happens, and I wanted to throw the book
across the room so many times. The tension between them is
well worth it, and it ends up only making the reader want
them together more.
The relationship between Alexis and her grandmother is
touching and heartbreaking at the same time. Though this
isn't the primary aspect of the novel, it grounds the
and anyone who has seen elderly loved ones suffer can
definitely relate to this part. Alexis generates a good
amount of empathy in this part of the novel, and the
interactions between the two are sure to produce some
Overall, PAPER OR PLASTIC is a lovely read with high
emotion, sweet romantic tension, and realistic characters.
love Vivi Barnes writing voice, and I can't wait to read
more from her.
Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum
Busted. Alexis Dubois just
caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local
SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her
overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the
time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her
summer working at the store, where the only things
than the staff are the customers.
Now Lex is
stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon
cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code
B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her
supervisor is the totally cute—and adorably geeky—Noah
Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her
pitching position on the softball team, and her secret
on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But
ultimately, could the worst job in the world be the best
thing that ever happened to her?