Review: Paper or Plastic

Paper or Plastic - Vivi Barnes

The summer before Alexis's Junior year in High School should have been fun: softball camp, lounging on the beach with friends, volleyball... Instead, she is spending her days working at ShopMart, forced to take a job there to avoid being arrested for shoplifting. Her first day of work starts out positively, with nice coworkers and a hot manager. Unfortunately, the hot manager turns out to be the same person who ratted out her best friend for vandalism two years ago, leaving Lex in the uncomfortable position of being attracted to "the enemy."


With well-developed characters, a fun plot, just enough drama to make you feel frustrated on behalf of Lex and Noah, and a sweet romance, this book will make you laugh and sometimes even cry. No one is perfect, especially not teenagers, and it's great to see that the author is able to make the characters seem real. Lex is not your stereotypical teenage girl, being more interested in playing softball than cheerleading or attending pageants, and Noah has his own secrets under an uncertain demeanor. While the characters do have to deal with the standard high school cliques and bullying, they also have to deal with the added stress of sick relatives, abusive parents, and their own expectations.


Even though this is romance, it's not your "love at first site and everything works out" type fantasy - the problems that they face are real and it makes the story even more enjoyable. A fun and quick read, this story will keep you clued to the pages hoping for the best! Five stars for a fun and believable plot, well-developed characters, and an overall enjoyable story.


Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.




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