Excerpt & Giveaway: PAPER OR PLASTIC by Vivi Barnes

 

PAPER-OR-PLASTIC-500x750Title: Paper or Plastic
Author: Vivi Barnes
Publishing Date: 2015 (Entangled Teen)
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo

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 thing stranger than the staff is 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 completely below her social sphere—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her starting spot on the school softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst store in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

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Excerpt

Your first job—do you remember it? I worked in a drycleaner (manning the front), which was kind of fun, actually, because my best friend worked there as well. Shenanigans ensue when you work with your friend—as Lex quickly finds out during her summer at SmartMart. — Vivi Barnes

 

I backed up, hefted the can in my hand and rolled it toward the boxes. Jake and I both laughed as boxes flew everywhere.

“Your turn to set up,” he said.

I couldn’t help myself. I crouched down to pick up the boxes and built a macaroni box pyramid—proud that I made four tiers instead of Jake’s three.

“Okay, your turn,” I said, turning to face Jake, but Noah was standing in his place, frowning, his arms crossed. Jake was nowhere to be seen—probably ran as soon as he caught sight of the manager.

“What are you doing?” Noah asked.

“Oh, um, I was just—“

“You can’t stack boxes of food like that. What are you thinking?”

Crap. “I’m sorry. I’ll pick it up.” My face burning, I turned back to the pyramid of boxes. It sucked being called out by Noah like that. I’d have hoped he’d have a better sense of humor. Or at least not make me feel like such a slacker.

A can rolled past me, knocking into the pyramid and scattering boxes everywhere.

I whipped around to see him smirking. “Told you,” he said. “You didn’t build it with enough support at the bottom. Way too easy.”

I picked up the can of green beans and hefted it in my hand, walking toward him slowly. His eyes widened as if he thought I was going to throw it at him, though the shit-eating grin still lingered on his face. “Your turn to set it up,” I said when I reached him. “Let’s see if an architect can build a better a pyramid.”

 

 

 

About the author

viv barnesVivi Barnes is the author of Olivia Twisted and the upcoming release, Paper or Plastic. She was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. Now living in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, Florida, she divides her time writing, working, goofing off with her husband and three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes.

Connect with Vivi Barnes:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

 

 

Giveaway

2 Prize Packs – $15 Target gift card, PAPER OR PLASTIC journal and tote bag (US Only)

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If you had to choose, paper or plastic? 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Excerpt & Giveaway: PAPER OR PLASTIC by Vivi Barnes”

  1. I enjoyed the excerpt and synopsis! The tote bad is super cute as well 🙂 When I was about 10, I thought I could get away with stealing. My only saving grace was that I was with my sister and her then boyfriend. She took total responsibility and he was a jerk about it. She never ratted me out, and shockingly, I learned my lesson. My mom would have put me on restriction for months. I can definitely relate to the characters.

    My first job was in a gas station/service station. It afforded me the opportunity to study while getting paid. I can admit that I got my best high school and colleges grades while working there (I stayed for many years). I can’t wait to read this book! It would be so neat to win an autographed copy 🙂

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