Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Review: Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Title: Pretty in Punxsutawney
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Year Published: 2019


Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 299
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (PA)

FTC Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for a fair review

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 becomes caught in an endless loop of her first day at 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 diffeent 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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Review: I am a huge John Hughes movie fan so figured this novel would be right up my alley. Obviously, I figured, it would have references to Pretty In Pink, a movie I loved, and it would be like Groundhog Day, which I also loved.

I was mostly right. I like the premise: Andie is new to school, wears a crazy pink dress on the first day of school, likes the popular pretty boy, and ignores the goofy / nerdy guy (get those Pretty in Pink references?). She keeps reliving the first day of school over and over until she gets it "right." I won't tell you what "right" means because that would give away the plot.

I think it was just too obvious to me. I knew what was coming because I have seen Groundhog Day and Pretty in Pink multiple times each. I kind of wanted to get to the end to see what Andie had to do to break the spell. But, if the reader hasn't seen those movies, they will definitely enjoy the process of getting to the end and what makes Andie's life "right."
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