Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

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Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
Publication Date: February 3rd 2015 by Entangled Teen
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
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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 received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

Okay so this book was exactly what I needed. We’ve been having a pretty crazy weather since last week, and while classes weren’t exactly suspended, I still had the chance to curl up in bed and enjoy couple of good books. One of them is this one.

When I first heard of this book, I didn’t really give it much notice, until I saw it again on Entangled Teen’s newsletter, and I thought “What the hell? Might as well give this a chance!” So I did and I don’t regret anything because I really enjoyed this one! I could have easily finished it in one sitting if only I wasn’t so busy with school, but hey! I finished it!

“When a person is naive enough to believe things are starting to look up, that’s exactly when they begin falling down.”

The main character, Lex, was forced to work at SmartMart in punishment of her stealing a cheap tube of lipstick at the very same store. She has absolutely no intention of having the job so she started pretty much annoyed to be doing such thing. She came off as bratty at first and a bit rebellious, but as the story progressed, I got to see more of her nicer side. She’s actually really compassionate, kind and sympathetic with everyone. Although, there were moments where she seemed a little selfish and naive, but I guess every teenager has their own moments.

Working at SmartMart, Lex encounters Noah Grayson, a schoolmate of hers and isn’t exactly a part of her social circle at school. Noah works at SmartMart as a manager. She’s a little indifferent towards him at first, since her friends, especially Bryce, isn’t exactly in good terms with Noah. Noah’s actually one of the most adorable characters I’ve ever read. He’s so sincere, honest, loyal, kind, and has a great sense of humor. I’m legit swooning just from typing these. I really like the dynamics and chemistry between him and Lex. And he’s responsible too, and family-oriented and his background added a real depth to his character.

“Our hearts connect with others all the time, the electricity zipping and zapping all over the place. We can’t even sense it most of the time, but then we meet The One, and that’s when the beat changes ever so slightly to match theirs. That’s what they call a match – when the music inside your chest beats in synchronization with the one you’re meant to be with.”

I also enjoyed reading about Lex’s workmates at SmartMart, especially Bessie, Ruthie, Jake, and Mr. Hanson. Mr. Hanson should be everyone’s dream boss because he’s so kind and considerate towards his employees. Lex’s family wasn’t exactly perfect, but it was a treat reading about them. Her mom sometimes annoyed the heck out of me, but isn’t that what all moms do? I love Lex’s relationship with his Dad and Grandma, but I wish I could’ve seen more interaction with her and her little sister, Rory.

This book was easy to read because I got hooked from the first chapter, and well it’s relatively shorter, but full of content! The characters were easy to relate to and have a very realistic portrayal which was awesome! The romance was a bit slow-paced but heck, the tension was there and I could slice it with a knife. The book was overall enjoyable and a quick, light-hearted read.


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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