Title: Paper or Plastic
Author: Vivi Barnes
Series: N/A
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Pages: 306
Genres: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Bought

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?

Phew! I'm so glad that I found something to get me out and over my reading slump. This book was a fairly quick read and it was just what I needed. This book follows a cliche storyline, popular girl falls for an unpopular boy, but I didn't feel like I was reading something for the hundredth time. Something that I really enjoyed was how Barnes included topics that don't see their place in this type of writing very often - there was a focus on Alzheimer's as well as domestic violence. Barnes was able to shed light on these two serious topics but didn't lose the light and fluffy tone that one would want in this type of book. I really enjoyed how the story progressed and wrapped up. It wasn't a perfect romance ending but I think that might be why I enjoyed it as much as I did. The entire story felt extremely realistic from start to finish, and it's been a while since I've read something that I found relatable. 

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