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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?
"An enjoyable read with enough emotional turmoil and sweet romantic moments to satisfy the YA crowd." -Kirkus Reviews
I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
So, rich girl steals some lipstick and has to work at the place she stole it from for the summer. YA Contemporary isn't something that is brand new or comes up with new, revolutionary storylines, but it does push what... ...more
I received this from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Oh this book! What a delightful little thing Paper or Plastic was! I enjoyed every minute of it and had butterflies in my tummy by the end.
I initially had some serious doubts about Alexis, our protagonist. She was caught shoplifting and in exchange for not reporting the case, the supermarket owne... ...more
I loved this book! It was so much fun and romance-y and surprising and just enjoyable. I definitely recommend it for those days when you want a quick romance to get you through the cold days. Lex, the main character, was a bit off-putting in the beginning with her entitlement and bratty attitude... ...more
That was quite the ending. I thought the twist would be different but I'm glad it didn't turn out the way I thought it would. And thought the twist was good it came out of nowhere? And it was a little rushed at times. But overall 4.5 stars. A review will come on my channel sometime soon. ...more
Paper or Plastic was amazing, adorable and unputdownable! No, seriously, I read it in four hours! And I only put it down once to take care of the dog and do dinner! The characters in this book were all incredible and realistic and they all tugged at my heartstrings. Pair all that with Vivi Barnes... ...more
I absolutely ADORE Vivi Barnes. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of her debut novel, Olivia Twisted, which I thought was fresh and fun, and super addicting. You can actually read my review for that here. Naturally when I saw that Vivi was releasing a new book and that it was available on NetGalle... ...more
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Paper or Plastic was just a cute romantic read that will leave you wanting for more.
From the very start I was intrigued with the synopsis, it sounded very promising, and it did not disappoint at all. Every single character... ...more
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Paper Or plastic is a story about a teenage girl that gets caught shoplifting with her friend and as a punishment, she has to work at the SmartMart, a very uncool store in town, to repay her crime. The whole shoplifti... ...more
“Paper or Plastic” is exactly what it intends to be: a light ya romance and palate cleanser. It fulfills its purpose wonderfully.
The characters are engaging and fun, all of them with underlying issues that a revealed throughout the book. They grow a surprising amount as people given the length an... ...more
What an easy and lovable read! As someone who put in their fair share of time in retail hell, Paper or Plastic had me laughing and nodding along as I read. The situations and customers that Lex is faced with whenever she unhappily takes a job at SmartMart are realistic without being too heavy or... ...more
I read and loved Vivi Barnes' OLIVIA TWISTED so I was eager to preorder my copy of PAPER OR PLASTIC, and boy am I glad I did! This story is utterly charming, compelling and fun. Such a unique concept and storyline. The characters made me laugh so hard. I read this book in less than a day. I'm eag... ...more
Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Vivi Barnes for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!
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Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes is a delightfully fun contemporary romance that is an easy read with an ad... ...more
First off, I love this cover and I'd totally buy it in physical format just so I could stare at the cover the whole day. It's pink and white and pink and it's just so pretty! Secondly, I liked this book, a lot more than I thought I would. There were some things that prevented me from giving it a... ...more
Alexis Jasmine Dubois did not plan on spending her summer in SmartMart, the store that attracts people of all kinds. When her friend Court convinces her to steal a tube of lipstick and then she gets caught, her only option is work at the store that has been at the punch of many jokes or have the... ...more
Paper or Plastic is an adorable, fast read that I ate up in one sitting.
I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book, as the lead character Lex annoyed me at the beginning. Maybe it's because I worked in high school, but her I'm-above-this attitude rubbed me wrong- but she changes so muc... ...more
Paper or Plastic was an airy yet lovable read. It reminded me a lot of a Heather Hepler book, great characterization, believable attraction and angst, and just enough familial conflict and ridiculousness to keep you reading and laughing. Alexis gets caught shoplifting at the local SmartMart (like... ...more
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Paper or Plastic was a sweet story about a girl who was caught shoplifting a lipstick. This minor theft led to an entire world-view change for main character Lex, as she was forced to work at the discount retailer for the summer... ...more
Lexi's mistake came after letting her friend Court talk her into shoplifting a lipstick. She doesn't like lipstick. In fact, since her mom is such a nut case about beauty pageants and her little sister's participation, she kind of avoids the whole make up and looking fancy scene. When they're bus... ...more
What a great story this is, full of all the teenage peer pressure, poblems with parents, trying to control hormonal reactions - it has the lot!
Lex is cajoled into shoplifting a lipstick by a "friend". It wasn't even in a shade she would ever use! Needless to say, she was caught and her Mum worked... ...more
I have these periods where all I want to do is read a whole bunch of romance books and I am currently in one of these periods. Quite a few people on booktube have been receiving this book for review, so I thought I’d pick up a copy because it seemed like just what I wanted and it was. Paper or Pl... ...more
I loved this book, so much that even when i was forced to put it down, I was staring at it, while willing myself NOT to pick it up, because I had work to do. When I finally got to sit down with it again, I read over half of it in one sitting, and it drew me into the story so well that I got up to... ...more
I don't even know where to start. This book was so amazing that I couldn't put it down once I started. it's one of those books that you read from beginning to end without stopping. I'd read while I ate, sleep late, and play games with my friends. I loved it so much. The characters were believable... ...more
Paper or Plastic is a cute and fun read. Alexis makes some pretty dumb mistakes, and she also learns that things aren’t always the way you thought they were. I adored the banter between Lex and Noah. It was believable and real.
I do wish that Lex would have trusted her friends a little more with h... ...more
I loved the characters, especially Noah and Lex, but also their family members and the whole SmartMart staff. Barnes definitely has a talent for characterization! There were some things that just felt a little off to me, like the occasional bout of foul language, the pageants, and the whole torna... ...more