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Alexis Dubois did something stupid, something completely and utterly stupid. So in order to pay the price for her behavior she is forced to work in the local SmartMart. At first she hates it, but soon she realizes that working in SmartMart has its perks.

I like a lot of stories similar to “Paper or Plastic”; stories in which a popular girl is forced to get out of her comfort zone (or her throne) and where she gets a taste of ordinary life; stories in which that popular girl meets a boy who is her opposite; stories which in the end you feel good after the last sentence is read. This book fulfills that perfectly.

Alexis Dubois seems like typical popular girl, but she is not, because she does not care a lot about her look. She is not mean and plays softball, which is so far away from cheerleading. Also she is clever and she has a kind heart. There was no single moment in the story when I disliked her, on the contrary.

The other main character, Noah Grayson, is also great. His situation is completely opposite from Alexis’. He is a social outcast at school due to something he did and he has some big problems at home. Noah seems like a stuck up person at first, but he turns out to be a sweet, loyal and compassionate guy.

Reading how Alexis and Noah fell for each other was great. I also liked how the story revolved around the SmartMart. There are some great and funny moments, both with the Alexis’ colleges and strange SmartMart customers. These colorful characters brought a whole new dimension into the story. What is also important is that they are portrayed realistically.

I enjoyed this story and I highly recommend it to all who like YA romance novels full of colorful characters, great heroines and cute heroes.


Alexis Dubois wants to spend her summer playing softball and hanging with her friends. But after she stole a lipstick she is forced to work in a SmartMart. Is this going to be the best or the worst summer of her life?

Book Blurb for Paper or Plastic

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?

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2016 4.50