Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays
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?
Lex has a lot to deal with at home; an overbearing mother, a bratty little sister, a passive father, and an ailing grandmother. I found her to be more mature than I was expecting, and I was quick to fall into a comfortable place with her character. I felt like the romance between her and Noah was really fitting. It unfolded in an organic way at the perfect pacing! That can be rare in YA these days, so it was very much appreciated.
Even though Paper or Plastic is a fun read, it has surprising depth. It isn't over done or in your face, but when you look closely there's a hidden message about coming of age and growing up. I hope fans of YA contemporaries love it just as much as I have!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
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