Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes


From 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?

I love this book, it was cute, sassy and full of heart.  Having worked in retail as a teen myself, I related to the cast of characters and remembered a few of our heartthrobs as well.  :-)  

Paper or Plastic is a touch Pride and Prejudice with a dash of Awkward and a hint of Mean Girls.  It's all about finding your voice, your confidence and figuring out when it's okay to stray from the pack to find what you really want.  And how that can end up being so much more than you originally hoped for.  This should be a definite addition to your summer reading list!


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