Pretty in Punxsutawney

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Pretty in Punxsutawney
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January 15, 2019
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9780310762164

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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Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink in a hilarious mashup with a great lesson about labels
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After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, Andie is determined to experience her first kiss with her crush, Colton. After a summer of flirting with the object of her desire, she’s anxious for her first day at Punxsutawney High, but she gets caught up in an endless loop reliving her first day of school over and over.

She’s convinced her first kiss with her true love will break the curse and so ensues an elaborate scheme to win Colton’s heart through the perfect first day of school. But Andie quickly realizes her true love might not be Colton after all and he could be any one of the students in any one of the many cliques at Punxsutawney High. As she sets out on a mission to get to know everyone, Andie realizes the entire student body, from the popular circle right down to the geeky yearbook staff and the goths all want the same things. To be accepted for who they are. And as different as they might appear at first glance, underneath it all, they’re all the same.

Andie begins to learn valuable lessons about who she wants to be and what kind of people she chooses to spend her time with. But she’s stuck in a never-ending time loop with no clue how to escape.

Young readers will adore this fun romp of a read while older fans will get lost in the nostalgia of the author’s tribute to the greatly beloved and time honored films of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink.

If you’re in the mood for a fun rollercoaster of a ride with a spunky protagonist and hilarious mishaps, you’re in for a treat with Pretty in Punxsutawney.
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Awesome mix of Pretty in Pink and Groundhog Day
(Updated: January 12, 2019)
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Andie moves to Punxsutawney P.A. before the beginning of her senior year. When she falls asleep watching 'Pretty in Pink', before her first day of school, everything goes south. The next day she wakes up to the same day she just finished. Andie must figure out how to get out of her perpetual first day of school in order to move on. To do this she must first learn about herself, life, and 1980's movies.


A YA novel with a time loop and a large dose of 1980's movies, Yes Please! Having recently loved the '7 1/2 Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle,' I just knew 'Pretty in Punxsutawney', was for me. (Also, you know the having experienced high school in the 1980's thing).


The character of Andie, I loved. She is clumsy, and quirky, and awkward, and really funny. Her mom, who is stuck in the 1980's herself (and wants everyone else to be) is also amazingly fun. The rest of the supporting characters were a really good balance to Andie's and her mom's slapstick personality.


The storyline has so much potential and the author really works with it. Andie demonstrates that she can either let the perpetual time loop get her down or she can use it to her advantage. (The middle did lag a bit but I loved seeing so many angles of Andie's day).


By far my favorite part of this book is the 1980's movie tie-in's. It really made for great comedy when Andie relives bits and pieces of different John Hughs movies. I could have used more references to 1980's clothing, hair styles, and slang but the movie's references were more than enough.


Also, this story has one of the best endings I read in a while. It just tied everything up nicely and really gave me the feels.


I want to add that the whole point of 'Pretty in Punxsutawney' is not to be a realistic representative of today's high school students . It's meant to be a parody of 1980's movies, complete with their clicks, dialog, and stereotypical characters.


I really hope Laurie Boyle Crompton writes another book full of 1980's pop culture. I need more 1980's YA in my life


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Everything. 1980's movies. Groundhog day. Time loop. Quirky funny character. Sweet romance.
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Groundhog Day and Pretty in Pink mashup
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Thank you to Blink and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy for my honest review.

As soon as I saw the synopsis of this book said a Groundhog's Day and Pretty in Pink mashup I knew I had to read this. While I'm not an 80s child, Pretty in Pink was one of my favorite movies to watch with my mom. I think the author did a brilliant job of blending the 2 movies together and with all the 80s references, made a pretty good book.

This book is about Andie who's movie obsessed mom has her watch classic movies at every pivotal moment in her life. The night before she starts at a brand new school her mom has her watch Pretty in Pink with her, while wearing her polka dot 80s dress from her thrift shopping excursions. Oh and this is all taking place on a giant leather pink couch that she just purchased. When Andie wakes up for school the next morning, she gets a ride to school from her summer crush Colton, who she's determined to make fall in love with her. After her first horrendous day at school, Andie comes home and falls asleep on the couch. When she wakes up the next morning, the day before never happened, she's living it again. Andie must figure out how to stop living the same day over and over again.

I really did like this book. Parts of it were honestly hilarious and I love some of the things that Andie did because she knew she would get to start the day over again and no one would remember. I also really liked the author's writing style. It flowed very easily and was never boring or tedious in spots.

I didn't really care for the character Andie at the beginning, she was completely focused on getting whatever she wanted and looking at the world wrong. I know when I went to high school we had our cliques and yes a lot of people did get bullied and talked about but Andie was determined to have the jock and be the popular girl, even if it meant snubbing other people that she saw below her.

This book definitely touched on the problem of cliques and bullying in high school and that's one thing I really liked about this book. Add in all the 80s references and you have me sold. Excellent writing by Laurie Crompton and hopefully I will enjoy other books of hers as well.

Thank you again to Blink and NetGalley!
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80s movies. Groundhog Day. Pretty in Pink.
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