Another entitled princess with First World Problems sorta learns to appreciate us real folks

Another entitled princess with First World Problems sorta learns to appreciate us real folks

Sometimes I just have a bad attitude, so it is possible that you could read Paper or Plastic and think it is the best thing you’ve read in a long time. What you might enjoy about this book — the protagonist plays softball (hey, that’s big here), the romantic interest is sweet and self sacrificing, the cover is cute. Things you might not like — the protagonist and her “friends.”

Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes is a YA contemporary romance releasing February 3, 2015.


Lexi’s adventure in shoplifting ends with a required summer job at the Smartmart she stole from, but her punishment might end up being the best thing that ever happened to her. A summer of unexpected friendships and possible romance is exactly what Lexi needs to see things more clearly. While this book offers an interesting complication to the summer romance, it was otherwise rather predictable. Readers who are looking for a YA contemporary romance will not be disappointed, nor will they be surprised. The romantic interest will appeal to most readers. The protagonist, on the other hand, comes across as spoiled and self centered. Lexi gains empathy for others during her time at Smartmart, but never really has the comeuppance growth I desired. The one minor character who is willing to call Lexi out for what she is disappears like smoke in the rush of the resolution (personally, I would rather have read the book from that girl’s perspective than Lexi’s). Ultimately it feels like Lexi got what Lexi wanted once again, at very little cost to herself. I was unclear what the ultimate message was, other than, “Hey, you need to be accepting of the working poor because they might actually be people, too!” Are my impoverished outsider roots showing? The language and situations are appropriate for grades nine and up.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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