Pretty in Punxsutawney caught my eye for two reasons: the title and it’s described as a mashup of Groundhog Day and Pretty in Pink. My mother is a big fan of those movies and I watched them growing up. I was interested to see how that would play out in a book!
Thanks to the publisher and The Fantastic Flying Book Club, I get to be a part of this blog tour. I received an ARC to read and review! Keep reading to find out what I thought of this book!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Pretty In Punxsutawney
by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Release date: January 22, 2019
Genre: Young Adult — Contemporary, Romance
A mashup of Groundhog Day and Pretty in Pink, the book stars a senior who is forced to relive the first day at her new school in an endless loop. Andie is convinced she needs true love’s kiss to break the curse, but instead discovers how a high school filled with cliques and misfits can find common ground despite everyone’s differences.
Pretty in Punxsutawney was my first read of 2019 and it was a great book to start off with. Our main character, Andie, just moved to Punxsutawney and spends her summer at the movie theater. It’s fun reading about her love for movies and how she describes them. She has found a new crush and hopes to have her first kiss with her true love.
That’s when things get tricky, Andie starts the first day of her senior year and it doesn’t go as planned. Only to wake up and start the day all over again. She’s stuck in a loop and is convinced she will be stuck until she finds her true love.
I loved the concept of this book. My mother is a big fan of 80’s movies and I grew up watching almost all the movies mentioned in this book. It’s so sweet that she shares these moments with her mother and how excited they can get. After watching Pretty in Pink, she feels that something is off. Did the main character end with her true love?
It’s interesting seeing Andie stuck on the same day over and over again. I can’t imagine how frustrating that is though. Having the feeling you’re never going to get to go on with your life. It has advantages though. Andie learns that even though there are cliques at school, everyone is a lot more alike than they realize. You just need to give people a chance.
I think for me the looping went on a bit too long though. I get that for the whole learning experience, Andie had to go through a lot. In the end she’s been stuck on the same day for months. I think it would’ve been just a bit better if the author shortened that and dived into a couple of the loop days with a bit more detail. I say this because I loved some of the things she was realizing about the other students at school. I would’ve loved to have read more about that!
Even though Andie’s true love isn’t who she expected in the beginning, she learns a lot about herself in her time of the constant repeating of her first day of senior year. She realizes what she really wants and that not everything is as it seems. Andie learns to give people a chance before judging them! Apparently movies can teach us quite a lot!
If you want to know if Andie finds her true love, I guess you’ll have to pick up the book and find out!
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GIVEAWAY (US ONLY)
There is a giveaway during this blog tour. Readers in the US have a chance at winning one of the five finished copies available of Pretty in Punxsutawney. The giveaway starts January 7th and ends January 16th!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of the upcoming PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY (Blink/HarperCollins 2019) as well as ADRENALINE CRUSH (Macmillan/2014, Square Fish/2016), BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains), THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH and LOVE AND VANDALISM (Sourcebooks/2013, 2014, 2017). Growing up in ‘Pennsyltucky’ in the 1980s, Laurie couldn’t wait to escape rural life. After saving up her tips from waitressing at a local greasy spoon at 18 she packed up her acid wash jeans and moved to NY. Where everyone else had stopped wearing acid wash.
She graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a BA in English and Journalism. Since then she’s written for national magazines like ALLURE, survived a teaching stint at an all-boy high school, and appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. And yes, ‘toy expert’ is an actual profession. Really.
She has lived in places like Orlando, Florida where she and her husband spent all of their spare time and money visiting theme parks before moving to the Cotswolds in England for six months, which was every bit as cool as that sounds. The Cromptons are now back in New York where their two children resent never going to Disney.
Laurie occasionally enjoys hanging out in fields of blooming flowersand also refering to herself in the third person.
If you’re a fan of movies and want to read about some classics, Pretty in Punxsutawney is the perfect book for you! Add a cute romance on top of that and it makes the read so much fun. Are any of you fans of the movies mentioned? Pretty in Pink or Groundhog Day? Let me know in the comments!