A contemporary YA with some fun twists... Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton (Review & Instagram #Giveaway)

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Pretty in Punxsutawney
By Laurie Boyle Crompton
YA Contemporary
Hardcover & ebook, 304 Pages
January 15th 2019 by Blink


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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My Review

PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY is a fun mix of 80s nostalgic movies, high school, and Groundhog Day (a day that repeats over and over). The characters are likable and the story is plenty entertaining, with plenty of movie references and a sweet ending. An overall fun YA romance.

The protagonist's (Andie) voice was spot on in this story. I even had to laugh when she went full-on teenager, with plenty of angst and tantrum throwing. The high school cliques were also pretty much spot on, with everyone labeling everyone else and the usual manipulation and jealousies surrounding the hottest guys and the girls who are trying to snag them. It was fun seeing how Andie's wardrobe influenced perceptions, as well as who she hung out with. I also really enjoyed Andie's parents and seeing her find friends in all the different cliques at school. I could almost tell from the start who she should be pursuing as a romantic interest, but it was still fun seeing it all play out. There were some things a bit overdone and a little too pushy in the point the author was trying to make. You also probably should have seen the 80s movies that play roles in this story to get some of the references. Otherwise, this was a blast to read.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This story has cute, quirky, fun, and a little magic as the protagonist tries to figure out how to stop reliving her first day of school and wake up to the next one. There are fun friendships and family relationships, as well as a sweet romance. An entertaining story for contemporary YA readers who also love 80s movies or movies in general.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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