Pretty in Punxsutawneyby Laurie Boyle Crompton Published 15 Jan 2019
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A Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink mashup from author Laurie Boyle Crompton, Pretty in Punxsutawney tells the tale of a girl willing to look beneath the surface to see people for who they really are.
Andie is the type of girl who always comes up with the perfect thing to say…after it’s too late to say it. She’s addicted to romance movies—okay, all movies—but has yet to experience her first kiss. After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, she gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again.
Convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, Andie embarks on a mission: infiltrating the various cliques to find the one boy who can break the spell. What she discovers along the way is that people who seem completely different can often share the very same hopes, dreams, and hang-ups. And that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with unexpected connections and plenty of happy endings.
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What happens when you get stuck in time, re-living the first day in your new school?
Andie is a teenage girl, who loves movies. She is the type of person that knows exactly what to say… after it’s too late to say it. She is quirky, cutishly nerdy, and adorable in a silly way. And when she moves to Punxsutawney (I don’t think I’ll ever pronounce this town correctly), on the first day in her new school, she gets caught up in an endless loop of having to re-live those 24 hours again and again.
As in the movies, she is convinced that the curse can be broken with a true love’s kiss, she goes on a mission to get the boy. But is he the right one? And is true love what breaks the curse?
Not knowing how to end the loop, Andie tries to get first kiss with a guy she thinks is her true love, and when that doesn’t work, she suddenly tries to make the different types of people hang out together and realise that it doesn’t matter how you look like, to be a good person.
I really loved the idea of the loop in a high-school theme, and that was the main reason that I wanted to read this book really badly. I also loved that the main idea of this book was that looks don’t matter, and don’t judge a book by its cover, but I think that the author took this meaning way too far into the book, and it became too unrealistic, that it was laughable.
I enjoyed the layout of the different types of kids in the school, the jocks, the cheerleaders, the goths, the school-paper girls, the nerds. They were all described very realistically, and I enjoyed the times when we would realise that prejudice doesn’t matter. I can relate to a lot of this, because I was hanging out with both nerds and jocks in my high-school times, being a sports person and being a ‘’weirdo’’ that wants to read at the same time.
I also somehow managed to like the movie references, even though at moments, they are too overwhelming, and sometimes completely unrelated to the plot in place.
What I didn’t like, is how Andie kept changing in order to fit, how her behaviour changed, and her mindset during different days. I did not like this at all. I think that a person should always keep being themselves, no matter who they talk to. Doing the thinks she kept doing, only to be liked by one guy was miserable. Ladies – you are beautiful, no matter what you wear or how you do your hair. If that guy really likes you, he wouldn’t care about all these things and he would see within.
In retrospective, this was an enjoyable read. I am glad I read it, but somehow I think I might’ve been too old to read it now. But for you guys that are still in high-school, or love reading about high-school, this one is definitely worth your time.
Thank you to Netgalley and Blink, for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was a fun mix of Groundhog Day and classic teen rom-coms, which kept a smile on my face from beginning to end.
Things I Loved:
• 80s teen movies own me, because I was actually a teen in the 80s. So, obviously, I loved all the movie references and discussions that popped up in the story.
• It was fun seeing how Andie would relive her day. She learned new skills, did some body alterations, dropped truth bombs, made friends and enemies -- she took risks, because she knew the day would reset, and there were some really amusing and thoughtful moments in some of those days.
• Andie grew a lot over the course of the book. She learned quite a bit about herself and those around her, and she started seeing things and people through a new lens. It was really great to see her using the experience to become a better version of herself.
• There were some great themes explored about looking past the surface to see how we are the same and avoiding labels.
• Andie's parents were maybe a little quirky, but they were present and supportive, and gave her space to explore who she wanted to be.
• This was a light and fun story with a rom-com feel, and I laughed and smiled a lot.
Yes, I had a lot of fun reading this, but there was one things I wish there had been more of - Tom. I loved him, and would have liked to have seen a bit more of him, especially at the end.
Overall: A witty Groundhog-esque story about looking beyond the labels, which was filled with friendships, many amusing antics, and an adorable romance.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Mini Review: This is a cute book especially the references to movies from the 80's! I think the author did a wonderful job incorporating this into the story because it certainly made it interesting. Aside from this the romance was cute, a little slow, but did the trick for the story.
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Thank you to the publisher for my copy.
PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY is a fun mix of 80s nostalgic movies, high school, and Groundhog Day (a day that repeats over and over). The characters are likable and the story is plenty entertaining, with plenty of movie references and a sweet ending. An overall fun YA romance.
The protagonist's (Andie) voice was spot on in this story. I even had to laugh when she went full-on teenager, with plenty of angst and tantrum throwing. The high school cliques were also pretty much spot on, with everyone labeling everyone else and the usual manipulation and jealousies surrounding the hottest guys and the girls who are trying to snag them. It was fun seeing how Andie's wardrobe influenced perceptions, as well as who she hung out with. I also really enjoyed Andie's parents and seeing her find friends in all the different cliques at school. I could almost tell from the start who she should be pursuing as a romantic interest, but it was still fun seeing it all play out. There were some things a bit overdone and a little too pushy in the point the author was trying to make. You also probably should have seen the 80s movies that play roles in this story to get some of the references. Otherwise, this was a blast to read.
In the end, was it what I wished for? This story has cute, quirky, fun, and a little magic as the protagonist tries to figure out how to stop reliving her first day of school and wake up to the next one. There are fun friendships and family relationships, as well as a sweet romance. An entertaining story for contemporary YA readers who also love 80s movies or movies in general.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
In general, as a cis-straight-white-guy in my late thirties, I enjoyed this one. As someone who grew up with Groundhogs Day and Pretty in Pink, it was interesting to see a spin on those films. The protagonist here is self-aware to a degree and notes some of the cringey moments from PiP as cringey, which is good.
But the book itself isn't very diverse, and I'd love to have seen a John Hughes-like concept (like this is) address that particular 80s issue by applying today's perspectives on diversity to the book itself. There are a number of social issues that I appreciated seeing here, but most of them would fit pretty perfectly in a book or movie written thirty years ago. That may have been the point, but I'd love to have seen this book transcend the concept. I think there is a phenomenal set of bones buried in this largely by-the-numbers 80s-in-the-2010s-retread.
As a librarian, I see the market for this book. But for the most part, that market isn't in my diverse high school library. It's primarily for a segment of adults (those who graduated high school in the late-eighties to late-nineties) who currently read YA books for a variety of reasons, and tangentially for a few quirky high schoolers with parents my age or a little older who shared these films (and the others noted in the book, like Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller's Day Off) with their children.
In other words, Andie's mom would totally buy this book. And maybe Andie would, too. And they'd both enjoy it just fine.
I received this book from the publisher in the hope that I'd write a review.