Pretty in Punxsutawney
by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YA / Sci Fi / Romance / Retellings
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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.
About the Author:
Laurie Boyle Crompton is the author of, BLAZE, THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH and LOVE AND VANDALISM (Sourcebooks 2013, 2014, 2017), ADRENALINE CRUSH (FSG/Macmillan 2014, Square Fish 2016), and the upcoming PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY (Blink/HarperCollins 2019). Laurie 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-boys high school, and appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. And yes, a ‘toy expert’ is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.
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 getting to visit Disney or the Cotswolds.
You can visit Laurie at lboylecrompton.com or check out her anti-eating-disorder artwork at dreamer-girl.com.
Quick Reasons: frustrating, slow-to-start beginning; the twist on the love interest was easy to see coming, but fun; there was a LOT of focus on romance and not much focus on fully developing Andie’s character arc; some of the characters felt a bit contrived, or made only to fit into certain plot points/roles
HUGE thanks to Laurie Boyle Crompton, Blink Publishing, the Fantastic Flying Book Club team and Netgalley for shooting a complimentary egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
I had SO much fun reading this book, Penguins! The time-loop shenanigans that ensue, particularly those that occur when Andie reaches her breaking point and believes she’s never going to be set free, were deliciously entertaining and heart-wrenchingly poignant in turn. I’ll admit, though–pretty early on in the read, I became worried that I was in for just another “girl meets cute boy, girl falls for cute boy for no actual substantial reason, girl wins cute boy and everyone lives happily ever after” journey. I needn’t have worried, though–Laurie Boyle Crompton bucked the system (almost) entirely and took the read in a much more relatable way.
Of course, that doesn’t mean this read didn’t have its faults. I felt as if some of the characters were brought into this merely to drive the plot forward or fill in/complete missing chunks of the story. While the scene during which Andie drops, like, a BILLION truth bombs on her unsuspecting (and in some instances totally innocent) classmates was fun, certain characters fell flat outside of the roles they were written to play. Even the core characters, at times, read a bit too stiff for me to fully believe their motivations. There are some super awesome character growth moments sprinkled throughout this read, and while some of them were handled in gorgeously compelling ways, I feel like others didn’t quite achieve the desired result. These characters were all SUPER judgmental, as well–some of the things Andie thought were, to me, unbelievable. And while I understood the overall point that Laurie Boyle Crompton was attempting to make…I feel like Andie’s initial romantic obsession bordered just a bit on the psychotic. #sorrynotsorry
Regardless, this title was intriguing from the start, filled to the brim with so much wit, teenage angst, and snark that my little Penguin heart almost couldn’t handle it! While I could see where Laurie Boyle Crompton was leading pretty early on, I still thoroughly enjoyed the journey. I’d recommend this to lovers of time-loops, teenage drama, and reckless shenanigans. If YOU were stuck doing the same thing over and over, what would you change?