by Vivi Barnes
Release Date: 2015
Summary from 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?
There are plenty of humorous moments for Lex as she works at SmartMart, especially during customer interactions. You know how it is—sometimes you want to look at someone’s train wreck waiting to happen, but at the same time you don’t want to, but you end up looking because you just have to, and that’s what I tried to capture in this scene where Lex is ringing up groceries:
A couple customers later was a woman in a bikini top who should not have been in a bikini anything. I tried not to look at her boobs as I ran the groceries through, but here’s how that went:
Cereal (don’t look at the boobs), bananas, orange juice (don’t look at the boobs), gelato, strawberries (eyes up, eyes up), milk, carrots (don’t look, don’t look), French bread, wine…
Yeah. I ended up looking.
I mean, who couldn’t stare at those things? It was like she was trying to hold basketballs with two triangles of tissue and some dental floss. It fascinated and horrified me at the same time. I thought she saw me looking at them when she cleared her throat, but she seemed pleased. I noticed that the bagger Larry couldn’t take his eyes off them, either. I snickered when he offered “Paper or plastic.”
My guess was plastic.
Vivi 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.