“I want a do-over!”
Have you ever thought that? Having a chance to undo mistakes. To erase that thing you said. To have another go at that audition. To not disobey your parents in that way.
Just imagine that instead of a do-over in which you merely get it right, you are stuck there until you finally get it right. Hmm. . .
Pretty in Punxsutawney
Published by HarperCollins Publishing
Publication Date January 15, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: Pennsylvania Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Andie has been raised on a steady diet of movies. The fact that she was familiar with movies from most eras and genres probably allowed her to quickly figure out what happened when she woke up on the pink couch her mom had purchased at the thrift store, wearing the same pink dress with white polka dots that her mom had her try on the night before school began, to the soundtrack of Pretty in Pink the second day in a row.
While there were hints of what was to come, they were not so overt as to make the story boring or predictable. The author wisely chose to share only Andie’s perspective so while I had a hunch about who her romantic interest would be (and I will say that I was right), it wasn’t confirmed until it happened.
Ironically, on her first day of school, her English teacher started teaching about Greek mythology and specifically about King Sisyphus, who as punishment from Zeus ended up with a never-ending task. Andie couldn’t be sure whether this loop she was stuck in was a punishment or an opportunity.
Despite Andie believing that she needed to be kissed by her true love to be able to break out of this nightmare, the story was less about romance and more about her finding her voice and learning what is truly important. Her many failed attempts to keep the attention of the football co-captain led her to improve herself in ways that she would have never imagined. Learning to walk on heels without falling over, how to apply makeup – specifically eyeliner, and so many other things occupied her déjà vu days. Some of her attempts were humorous and some had her make the mistake of being too good and therefore suspicious.
What I loved about the book is that Andie learned to see people differently – to see value in those society would have ignored and even to love the unlovable.
One thought that went through my mind when Andie did some especially ridiculous and even stupid thing was “what if tomorrow actually comes after this disaster?” And actually, the things that do happen on her last first day of school will be rather interesting for her to live down or to try to explain.
The movie quotes and references in the book were a lot of fun. It was a satisfying read overall and is completely appropriate for high-schoolers and even fun enough for this way past high-schooler to enjoy as well.
I’m looking forward to reading more by this new-to-me-author.