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Review: Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Ebook, Print (352 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage...
Busted. Alexis Dubois just got 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 zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only things stranger 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 new 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 crush 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?

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I bring my own reusable bags but... (5 stars)

When Alexis Dubois gets busted shoplifting lipstick at the SmartMart she's forced into spending her summer working at the store as punishment. There's nothing like spending your summer stacking boxes in a big-box retail chain known for it's eccentric clientelle... nothing until she meets Noah Grayson. But the cute, geeky young manager is her school's outcast and her best-friend's mortal enemy. If she's going to survive a summer juggling her pageant mom, worrying about her Alzheimer's stricken grandmother, and trying to hold her pitching position on the softball team, Lex can't let her crush on Noah and her new job get in the way.

Awww man. I almost never read contemporary YA romance. It's just not really my thing but there was something really appealing about PAPER OR PLASTIC when the chance to review it came my way. I am so glad I took a chance outside my usual tastes because it charmed my socks off. Lex is a really well layered character, she's not the total brat I was kind of expecting and I really liked her. She grows and changes over her summer at SmartMart and that journey was such a good read. But really, it was Noah that stole my heart. I love a mysterious hero and he fit the bill nicely. Man, if he were a real dude and I a high schooler... I'd be mad crushing. Together they have such a complicated relationship that's sweet and at times frustrating and ridiculously hard not to root for.

POP was a serious page turner as I tried not to tear through it to find them together. There's a lot of story packed into this book, it felt like a far longer than it actually was, in a good way. I laughed out loud and—shhh don't laugh at me!—I cried too, for me that pairing of emotional reactions is the hallmark of a truly great read no matter the genre. If you're looking for a modern, sweet and funny romantic read that will stir up your feels and leave you satisfied I very much recommend POP! Loved it!

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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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Kim said...

I saw this book. Do you think it's appropriate for a 12 year old?

Unknown said...

I don't read much contemporary either, but occasionally I find one that I just can't ignore. Kind of like this one ;) Great review!

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

I saw this the other day. It looks pretty darn cute. :D


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