Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Pretty In Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. I’ll be sharing my review and favorite quotes from 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 a really cute book.
Andie is getting ready to start her senior year of high school at a new school. Her mom is obsessed with movies, particularly 80’s movies. She named her redheaded daughter Andie after Molly Ringwald’s character in Pretty in Pink. Andie has been spending most of her time at the movie theater. She met two boys there her age. Tom, the quirky yet serious guy. And Colton, the cute and popular guy. Andie has a major crush on Colton and is determined to get him to fall in love with her.
The night before the first day, Andie falls asleep on her mom’s new pink leather couch, wearing a pink polka dot dress from the local thrift store. She has no time to shower or change before Colton arrives to show her around school. Her day doesn’t go well. Not only is she dressed weird, but she meets Kaia. Kaia is almost perfect and she and Colton are definitely becoming an item. Andie also realizes that this school has a lot of cliques and that they don’t interact with each other. Her old school was too small to have cliques, so this is all new to her.
Andie goes to sleep that night hoping to change things between her and Colton. But she wakes up in the exact same dress on the couch the next morning. At first, she thinks her parents are being silly when they ask her if she’s excited for her first day. It quickly becomes clear to Andie that she’s reliving the first day. And this keeps happening over and over. She changes things every day and starts to believe that “true love’s kiss” will be the way to break the spell. She also wonders if she is supposed to do a Breakfast Club and get the cliques to interact and hang out more. Andie struggles every day trying to break this Groundhog Day pattern.
The book is full of 80’s movies and I really loved Andie’s growth as a person as she relived her first day over and over. I also enjoyed a lot of the people she met, especially Tom. He ended up being the only person who didn’t judge her in some way.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.
Warnings for bulimia and super judgmental characters. Also, a tiny bit of sexual harassment (butt grabbing).
“It is clearly true love’s first kiss, and it is all-powerful.”
“Connecting with a group and trying to do something really well together can make anyone feel less alone.”
“Embrace the strange and unusual, Andie.”
“Judging each other based on appearances. Divided by assumption. Blind to how desperate we all are just for a place to belong.”
“Her obvious drunkenness is so unappealing, I make a quick note to self: if I ever do make it to middle age, no drinking while singing karaoke.” (I should have made this note for myself.)
“Building permanent memories isn’t always the point. Sometimes, we’re simply enjoying whatever day we happen to be in.”
“Being a girl is not a competition.”
“I feel like I’m channeling the ultimate courtship ambassador: Cher Horowitz from Clueless.”
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 flowers
and also refering to herself in the third person.
5 finished copies of Pretty In Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton (USA only)
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