Pretty in Punxsutawney…by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Posted January 9, 2019 by Karen in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews /

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Pretty in Punxsutawney…by Laurie Boyle CromptonPretty in Punxsutawney

by: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Published by:Blink on January 15, 2019
Genres:Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Format: Mobi (Kindle file) Netgalley
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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.

*I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Favorite Quotes


‘Couples like this are even worse than those first-date pairings where the awkwardness is so palpable, they should have to buy it a separate ticket’.


‘I’ve always loved the way the city is surrounded by three rivers that make a Y where the Monongahela and the Allegheny become the Ohio River, forcing the city into a point.’


‘Sometimes, we’re simply enjoying whatever day we happen to be in.’


‘Being a girl is not a competition.’


My Review


Andie moves to Punxsutawney P.A. before the beginning of her senior year. When she falls asleep watching ‘Pretty in Pink’, before her first day of school, everything goes south.  The next day she wakes up to the same day she just finished. Andie must figure out how to get out of her perpetual first day of school in order to move on. To do this she must first learn about herself, life, and 1980’s movies.


A YA novel with a time loop and a large dose of 1980’s movies, Yes Please!  Having recently loved the ‘7 1/2 Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle,’ I just knew ‘Pretty in Punxsutawney’, was for me. (Also, you know the having experienced high school in the 1980’s thing).


The character of Andie, I loved. She is clumsy, and quirky, and awkward, and really funny. Her mom, who is stuck in the 1980’s herself (and wants everyone else to be) is also amazingly fun. The rest of the supporting characters were a really good balance to Andie’s and her mom’s slapstick personalities.


The storyline has so much potential and the author really works with it. Andie demonstrates that she can either let the perpetual time loop get her down or she can use it to her advantage. (The middle did lag a bit but I loved seeing so many angles of Andie’s day).



By far my favorite part of this book is the 1980’s movie tie-in’s. It really made for great comedy when Andie relives bits and pieces of different John Hughs movies.  I could have used more references to 1980’s clothing, hair styles, and slang but the movie’s references were more than enough.
Also, this story has one of the best endings I read in a while. It just tied everything up nicely and really gave me the feels.


 I want to add that the whole point of ‘Pretty in Punxsutawney’ is not to be a realistic representative of today’s high school students . It’s meant to be a parody of 1980’s movies, complete with their clicks, dialog, and stereotypical characters.


I really hope Laurie Boyle Crompton writes another book full of 1980’s pop culture. I need more 1980’s YA in my life.


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That Artsy Reader Girl – Welcome Interview


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A Court of Coffee and Books – Review
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The Book Return –  Review + Favorite Quotes
A Backwards Story – Spot the Difference Game
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We Live and Breathe Books – Author Guest Post
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A New Look On Books – Author Guest Post
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That Bookish Princess – Review
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About Laurie Boyle Crompton

Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of the upcoming PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY (Blink/HarperCollins 2019) as well as ADRENALINE CRUSH (Macmillan/2014, Square Fish/2016), BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains), THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH and LOVE AND VANDALISM (Sourcebooks/2013, 2014, 2017). Growing up in ‘Pennsyltucky’ in the 1980s, Laurie couldn’t wait to escape rural life. After saving up her tips from waitressing at a local greasy spoon at 18 she packed up her acid wash jeans and moved to NY. Where everyone else had stopped wearing acid wash.

She 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-boy high school, and appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. And yes, ‘toy expert’ is an actual profession. Really.

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 going to Disney.

Laurie occasionally enjoys hanging out in fields of blooming flowers and also refering to herself in the third person.


About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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2 responses to “Pretty in Punxsutawney…by Laurie Boyle Crompton

  1. I was also a teen in the 80s, so all the movie references were tons of fun for me. I thought the book was really cute, and that the time loop was utilized well, though I would have liked more Tom.