This is a well written, believable story with strong characters all trying to cope with life's problems in their own way." - Goodreads
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?
One of the best things about being a writer is the chance you often get to look at perspectives from the other side. For example, with OLIVIA TWISTED, I was able to look at crime from the point of view of the criminal—finding an answer to the “why would they do this” question. Looking at situations from other perspectives has certainly made me more open-minded in general, I think.
PAPER OR PLASTIC was born from my many frustrations of shopping at big-box retail. You know—walk into any Wal-Mart—the sheer size of the place is overwhelming. So many choices, so many people (and some of the people shopping there are, well, fascinating). Kind of freaks me out, actually, and all I can think is how the employees handle it every day. That sparked an idea—what if a rather privileged girl shoplifted from a store and was forced to work there for the summer, but then as she started to understand her coworkers, found it to be not quite what she expected.
The main character, Lex, starts out as a somewhat entitled teenager, completely mortified at working at SmartMart for the summer. But the longer she works there, and the closer she gets to many of the employees, especially her teenage boss Noah whom she originally thought of as the school geek, the more she realizes there’s a lot more to them than meets the eye. One thing is for sure—Lex will never be the same after her summer at SmartMart.
Several of the things that happen in PAPER OR PLASTIC are inspired by real-life situations (even some of the most outlandish ones) that I’ve personally witnessed. Of course, it takes all kinds of people to make this world go round, and, as a writer, for that I’m grateful.
Originally from East Texas (the accent comes out more often than not), I now live in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, FL with my very understanding husband and three kids.
I’m an extrovert with awkward blogging tendencies. My debut novel, OLIVIA TWISTED, comes out November 5, 2013 from Entangled Teen!
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