Title: Pretty In Punxsutawney
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Age: Young Adult
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
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A Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink mashup that tells the tale of a shy, introverted high school girl who must relive the first day of school over and over again until her first kiss can break the curse … she hopes.
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—from the jocks to the nerds to the misfits—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.
Pretty in Punxsutawney:
Addresses topical issues of self-discovery, navigating cliques, and ignoring stereotypes
Is an homage to beloved 80s movies, such as John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink.
Is the perfect gift for birthdays and high school or college graduation.
Will captivate young adult readers of all ages with its universal coming-of-age themes about struggling to fit in, navigating the tough high school years, first kisses, and first crushes
Quote(s) I Like:
"Finally I snapped. I pulled out my carton and peeled open the spout on one side. Shaking out a large handful of the chocolately balls, I defianty shoved them into my mouth and started chewing in his face with a loud crunch, crunch, crunch." - Andie
"Next thing I know, Colton's lips are sealed to mine as he holds me firmly in my uncomfortable backbend. There are no lightning bolts. There is no levitating. No waking up from a dream." - Andie
Oh my! This was actually more fun than I thought it would be. The idea of Pretty in Pink being integrated well into this movie was pretty awesome. I actually enjoyed the movie aspects of this book and that Andie was a movie buff -- awesome reading experience! The story was easy to get into and easy to enjoy. The entire story made me laugh from beginning to end.
Andie is a spunky girl who has never had her first kiss or a boyfriend. She has recently moved to Punxsutawney. The night before her first day of senior year she watches Pretty in Pink with her parents. She goes about her first day of school and encounters some interesting people, however, the next day is just a loop of her first day all over again. This time she has a game plan. Every day is the first day until she finds her true loves kiss. I enjoyed seeing Andie go crazy and meeting new people at her school. Each day her experience was different than the last. Andie is pretty outgoing for a character. Even though she's a sweet girl, she spends her time going crazy to undo this loop. I enjoyed Andie and her silliness.
Colton seemed like an awesome guy at work, but in school he was a typical douche. I didn't care much for him when school started. Especially that party scenes -- he irked me.
Tom was the BEST character from beginning to end. He seemed to be the sweet guy you overlook, but is always there to save the day. He was funny, a gentleman and was a movie buff like Andie. He was the PERFECT guy for Andie and such a great friend.
The romance was hilarious. Seeing Andie go crazy to impress these guys just to end the loop was too much. I laughed so hard with how she tried to fit into each guys "appeal" -- she tried way to hard and was left unsatisfied. I loved seeing this romance change every day she woke up until the end!
Overall, this was a fun read for the summer. Definitely would recommend it to someone looking for a funny, cute summer YA read.
About the Author
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 flowers and also refering to herself in the third person.
- 5 BLINK Summer Reading Tour Book Bundles (A Touch of Gold, Meet the Sky, No Place Like Here, Pretty In Punxsutawney, and Swing by Kwame Alexander) (USA)
- Starts: 7/22/19
- Ends: 8/9/19
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