Book Review: Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

Posted February 6, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Paper or Plastic by Vivi BarnesPaper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
Published by Macmillan on February 3rd 2015
Genres: General, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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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?

“Paper or Plastic” by Vivi Barnes is a cute story. Alexis or Lex is tired of being the odd one out. Lex feels like her mother spends more time with her sister than with her. Lex just can’t seem to find anywhere to fit in.

When Lex decides to shoplift a tube of lipstick, she ends up getting caught. Her parents are called, the store owner gives them two options. Lex can work at the store for the summer or she can be charged with stealing. Alexis thinks this will be the best summer of her life once she spots the cute assistant store manager. Lex is definitely in for a surprise.

“Paper or Plastic” is definitely an enjoyable read but I think it could have been better. The hardest part of this story was that the writing wasn’t very good. The storyline was cute but I don’t think it was very well executed. I have to say that the plot is what really makes the story. Lex has to work in the store as punishment so she doesn’t end up getting a shop lifting charge.

The characters in this story weren’t written very well. The were hard to connect to and they weren’t very fleshed out. Alexis is a very judgmental character and so I had a hard time not trying to judge her but of course I couldn’t seem to relate to her at all. This story may have been cute but it definitely wasn’t a favorite.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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