Hello lovelies and happy Wednesday. Today, I’ll be sharing my review for this charming and fun book! If you love Groundhog Day, I think you’ll really enjoy this story.
Published: January 15th 2019
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover, 301 Pages
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.
Charmingly Creative, Wonderfully Moving and Thoroughly Entertaining
Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton was an absolutely delightful story about a rom-com obsessed teenage girl stuck on reliving her first day in a new school over and over until she can figure out a way to break free. I thought it was charmingly creative, hilarious, and utterly heartwarming.
I honestly could not devour this book fast enough! I finished it in less than half a day and was left wanting MORE! I mean that literally cause there wasn’t any epilogue and I really wanted to know what would happen after that super adorable ending. I was bummed out, but at the same time I was happy with how everything turned out for Andie. I just really wish there was more…
I loved the concept of this book and thought Laurie created an addictively unique and amusing story that kept me entertained the entire time. The writing was fantastic and the characters were intriguing, likable and easily relatable. I enjoyed Andie’s version of A Groundhog Day and I loved seeing her discover something new not only about herself, but also about the people she overlooked and judged. I loved her character growth and just being part of her journey to becoming the kind of heroine that could make a difference (and she did genuinely try to do just that). It was inspiring to see Andie challenge the norm, break barriers, and free herself from trying fitting in a group… cause sometimes you just have to stand out and “embrace the strange and unusual.” I thought it was wonderful how Laurie incorporated and explored plenty of thought-provoking themes and still managed to keep the story lighthearted, fun and hilarious. It really made this book an absolute joy to read.
There were so many things to love about this book and I could rave about them all, but I’ll just mention a few more so I don’t ruin all the fun for you. I loved the cute cover. I loved the movie references. I loved Andie’s parents and thought they were amazing. They were quirky and funny and their interactions with Andie were so endearing. I also really liked that they were very supportive and understanding of their daughter. I LOVED Tom and I wanted more moments with him… especially those with his adorable grandmother, Meemaw. I loved that they had one of my favorite arcade games, Rampage. That brought back so many happy memories when my brother and I would play that together. I loved the humor and I found myself smiling quite a lot. I loved loved loved this book so much! It just really made me so darn happy.
With an irresistibly captivating storyline, a cast of quirky and lovable characters, and a charming blend of humor, nostalgia, silly antics, friendship and romance, Pretty in Punxsutawney was a thoroughly entertaining and lovely read. I laughed, I smiled, I swooned, and I was inspired. This book was not only amusing, but also really meaningful and touching. I think both young and adult readers will enjoy this and also walk away with something more than they expect. Truly a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read more books from this author!
I received an advance reader copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
(Mini bio and photo taken from author’s website)
Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of 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
Hope you enjoyed reading my review!
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