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Title:Pretty In Punxsutawney
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Release date: January 22, 2019
Genre: Young Adult — Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: “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 such a fun read! The story follows the main character Andie, as she suddenly gets stuck in a strange time loop of the first day at her new high school. This works out well at first as her first day of school is a total disaster and she thinks she is a getting a second chance. Except, the day keeps starting over, over and over again. Andie decides to use this opportunity as a chance to get close with her summertime crush Colton ,and hopefully break the time loop by getting a kiss. After weeks of repeating the same day over and over, Andie finally gets the day right and gets her first kiss from Colton. Except it turns out Colton is a total jerk and the kiss did nothing to break the time loop.
With the idea that a kiss will break the curse out the window, Andie uses the rest of the days trying out new cliques, discovering who she is, and trying to bring people together. It got surprisingly deep here with Andie realizing that all these people in their cliques are so quick to judge everyone and make assumptions about them. Andie comes to learn that people are a lot more complex than the label of their social circle.
I really enjoyed this! It was a fairly easy read( I read it in almost one day) that made me me laugh out loud multiple times(Andie does SO MANY AWKWARD THINGS I LOVE IT) I’m a sucker for a good ‘stuck repeating the same day over and over’ trope. This book is full of 80’s teen movie references and I loved it all! Andie’s mom is a big movie buff and in turn passed it on to her. Any John Hughes fans will love all the references. My only complaint would be the ending gets very rushed. We are with Miss Andie day after day, week after week, and then suddenly, boom it’s ending. I’m giving this a 4 out 5 stars.
“But it’s usually easy to anticipate what’s coming if you’ve seen as many films as I have in my lifetime. And knowing what’s coming doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy watching it unfold.”
” I wish there was a way to show everyone that surly first impressions aren’t always accurate. And that even a marginally horrible person (*cough* me *cough*) is capable of changing perspective.”
” I still may not know where I’m supposed to fit in, but maybe I’m the one in the right position to make everyone else see the truth. Even if it’s only for one day.”
” Building permanent memories isn’t always the point. Sometimes, we’re simply enjoying whatever day we happen to be in.”
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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.
Many thanks to the publisher and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me in this tour!