Paper or Plastic
Author: Vivi Barnes
Release Date: February 14th, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
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?
I love books that deal with cooking and romance. I know this is a little different than that, but I figured it deals with a grocery store, so it might be close. I was so glad to get a paperback copy and be able to devour it.
It wasn't what I expected it to be, but it wasn't bad either. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and experiencing what really goes on in supermarkets that you wouldn't think of. There are parts that will have you laughing out loud.
Alexis is a big part of why I gave this story 3 stars. She was an okay character but I felt that I didn't fully connect with her. She seemed shallow and didn't have that much depth. You follow her point of view through the story yet I found I wanted to yell at her most of the time to knock it off.
Noah Grayson is wonderful. He will keep anyone reading no matter how annoying Alexis gets at times. He is such a sweetheart and deserving of anyone's time. He is a guy who is working hard for so many reasons (reasons I don't want to say and ruin the story, but trust me). As you read, you learn more and more about him and his life and you fall for him even more.
This was a cute, quick read book that will have you smiling when it's over. It is a fluffly YA novel but full of good lessons to take with you into your life. I also think if would especially be great for teens out there that feel like they don't fully fit in. This will help you see that there is love and acceptance out there for anyone.