by Laurie Boyle Crompton
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.
How can I describe Pretty in Punx? It is basically everything I ever wanted in a book that I didn't know I wanted.
The story is about Andie, a girl on the brink of her first day of her senior year in a brand new high school in a brand new town. She's a movie buff - with a special love for all things John Hughes thanks to her mother. Being the movie buff that she is, Andie visits the only theater in her new town - which is where she meets Colton, the cutie that works behind the counter. The more she spends time with him, the more she just knows they are meant to be together. She's just waiting for the special moment when their meet-cute turns into something more. Andie has only the best expectations when Colton agrees to give her a tour of the school on her first day. Little did Andie know, however, that she'd be re-living her first day over and over again. Intent on breaking the curse or whatever it is, she tries to make that first love happen - because surely, that's what she needs to do...right?
This book is too good to ruin it for you readers. I know I am no stranger to the spoiler, but I love the great blend between John Hughes' teen rom coms and Groundhog Day. This book is perfect for the movie buff who loves old and new movies alike. There is simply something special about people who love movies and Pretty in Punx displays that magnificently. Not only does it do a great job of just being a lovely fun read, it also brings to light how we see other people and how we feel about them and ourselves. Perspective is truly the key.
And now I have to go watch some John Hughes movies. Bye for now!