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Pretty in Punxsutawney

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  184 reviews
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 ex
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Published January 15th 2019 by Blink
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Ivana - Diary of Difference
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What happens when you get stuck in time, re-living the first day in your new school?

Andie is a teenage girl, who loves movies. She is the type of person that knows exactly what to say… after it’s too late to say it. She is quirky, cutishly nerdy, and adorable in a silly way. And when she moves to Punxsutawney (I don’t think I’ll ever pronounce this town correctly), on the first day in her new school, she gets caught up in an endless loop of havin
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ya, contemporary, arcs
This book was a fun mix of Groundhog Day and classic teen rom-coms, which kept a smile on my face from beginning to end.

Things I Loved:

• 80s teen movies own me, because I was actually a teen in the 80s. So, obviously, I loved all the movie references and discussions that popped up in the story.

• It was fun seeing how Andie would relive her day. She learned new skills, did some body alterations, dropped truth bombs, made friends and enemies -- she took risks, because she knew the day would reset
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary, ya, romance

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ARC from Netgalley for a fair review.

Movie loving Andie is fresh to Punxsutawney but has managed to encounter romance with her own meet-cute. When she finds herself reliving the first day of her new high school she immediately thinks she is living out her Ground Hog's Day so she can have the perfect day with the boy she likes. She ends up breaking barriers with a number of people and learning that though they may seem c
Elle's Book Blog
Mini Review: This is a cute book especially the references to movies from the 80's! I think the author did a wonderful job incorporating this into the story because it certainly made it interesting. Aside from this the romance was cute, a little slow, but did the trick for the story.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty in Punxsutawney is a contemporary young adult novel scheduled for release in early 2019. This is a fast read and although it is theoretically for teens I think that only younger readers (10, maybe?) who are aware of and fascinated in the 1980s films of John Hughes would be interested. Primarily, I can see this appealing to readers who remember and love John Hughes films and want a read featuring a narrator who is hyperaware of them. (In other words, not teenagers!)

Pretty in Punxsutawney d
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RTC for blog tour in January.

Thank you to the publisher for my copy.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, ya-contemporary, ya
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 labeli
Galleywampus -
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
In general, as a cis-straight-white-guy in my late thirties, I enjoyed this one. As someone who grew up with Groundhogs Day and Pretty in Pink, it was interesting to see a spin on those films. The protagonist here is self-aware to a degree and notes some of the cringey moments from PiP as cringey, which is good.

But the book itself isn't very diverse, and I'd love to have seen a John Hughes-like concept (like this is) address that particular 80s issue by applying today's perspectives on diversit
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A cute, quirky book with a Groundhog’s Day theme that relies heavily on eighties pop culture, but the ending is a miss.

Andie has spent the entire summer flirting with golden boy Colton at the local theater in Punxsutawney, PA. Now it is the night before her first day of her senior year in a brand new school. Andie isn’t looking forward to being the new girl, but at least Colton is driving her to school and showing her around, and hopefully he will finally be her boyfriend
Becky Van Daniker
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review is for Instagram purposes. A more thorough one will be coming soon, probably after Christmas and New Years pass.

When I first learned that "Pretty in Punxsutawney" was a Groundhog Day and a Pretty in Pink mash-up, I was already won over. If you are a fan of Molly Ringwald and books filled with romance and 80's themed references, then this is for you. This was a sweet, cute, and fun read that teaches youth about looking for the good in everyone, breaking down the social walls, being yo
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
My review here:
Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews
When I heard the pitch for this book, I knew I had to read it. I mean Ground Hog Day meets Pretty in Pink! Yes, the story is cute and funny. This is a quirky teen read. And when I say teen, I mean teen. The main character is a classic teenager that you want to shake as she makes choice after questionable choice.. That fact actually made it really hard for me to get through the first half of the book, but the second half was worth pushing through. It was just such a cute storyline, with some impo ...more
Stacy Fetters
"And speaking of isolation, it is almost too much fun to stand by watching people who can’t see past stereotypes, and who make snap judgments about others they’ve never even spoken to based solely on labels and cliques and clothing.”

Eighties movies are one of my favorite things to watch. They are quirky, cute, and that time era was the best. So, when they mentioned two great films in the synopsis of this book, I jumped at the chance to read this. But I think the mention of those films took too m
Candyce Kirk
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty in Punxsutawney was my first read of 2019 and it was a great book to start off with. Our main character, Andie, just moved to Punxsutawney and spends her summer at the movie theater. It's fun reading about her love for movies and how she describes them. She has found a new crush and hopes to have her first kiss with her true love.

That's when things get tricky, Andie starts the first day of her senior year and it doesn't go as planned. Only to wake up and start the day all over again. She'
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it

I was provided with a digital ARC of this book by NetGalley and the publishing house, Blink, in exchange for an honest review

"Pretty In Punxsutawney" is a lovely modern day YA-contemporary-romance story that is heavily influenced by the 80s' culture and movies.
I have to say I'm not so into the 80s, but I found this book to be entertaining and nostalgic nevertheless.
Andie, our main character, is a teenage girl who has to start a new year at a new high school - and in a new town, Punxsutaw
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}

Pretty in Punxsutawney had the best premise - Pretty in Pink combined with Groundhog's Day. I mean how cool is that! My love for 80's movies and the groundhog day trope totally got me. There was a lot to like. I thought Andy had great character growth throughout the book. She really started to get things she might have been doing wrong, or where her motivations might have not been the best and started to really see the best in people. Again the 80's references here were on point and loved it. He
Lisa Mandina
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started out really sweet, and continued in the same manner all the way through. As someone who was a teenager in the 80s and still loves all things 80s, especially the movies from that time period. Sixteen Candles and Weird Science, as well as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, were staples from my middle and high school years. The movies that I watched over and over. While I did watch The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, the first I enjoyed more when I got older, and the second, well, I'm no ...more
Karen • The Book Return
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'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 compet
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Firstly I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book. All the opinions and views discussed are my own.

I have to be honest – the first two thirds of this book I was ready to scream – I wanted to thrown this ebook out of the window and never lay eyes on it again. I made many a note about this book just ranting about it, and getting so angry about the plot. I was already forming this review in my head. AND THEN the last third of the book happened, and it honestly chang
am not the demographic for YA fiction (by a few years...cough...) but I like to dabble in it occasionally, especially when it ties in to movies I love. I have expressed before my fondness for John Hughes teen films and rom-coms and Pretty in Punxsutawny makes the most of them. Andie's mom is a Hughes fanatic, leaning to the movies as part of her parenting, pulling them out to bond with Andie, and make a life point when necessary. Andie's name even comes from her mom's favorite, Pretty in Pink, ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, this was such a fun book. I loved it! Andie is wonderful, she is so much fun. She is all teenager at times. I enjoyed her many moods and her adventures through her repeating day. The lines in the book are clever and well timed. The things that run through Andie's head at times had me laughing out loud. Mom and Dad are sweet, attentive parents, and both are very funny at times. Andie's journey through time was quite the learning experience for her. As a child of the 80s, I loved a ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read early and provide an honest review.

I was fully expecting to dislike this book because I haven't seen any of the movies mentioned (except Ferris Bueller) and at the beginning Andie was very annoying.

Also I pin-pointed very early who she was going to end up with and was annoyed when she was treating him like crap for the first part of the book.

About halfway through when she stopped doing things for herself and started doing things for others, I was hooke
Jan 24, 2019 added it
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Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton | Book Review

STORY | For three months, Andie has been busy falling in love. She’s spent almost the entirety of these days hanging out with Colton, the perfect boy of her romantic-comedy movie dreams. As the new kid in Punxsutawney, Andie knows no one apart from Colton, and Colton’s annoyingly strict boss, Tom. You see, it’s at the movie theater where Colton works, and therefore, is the place Andie's movie-perfect-romance dreams blossom.

As the new g
Elizabeth Mathis
A mashup of Groundhog Day and Pretty in Pink, the book stars a senior who is forced to relive the first day at her new school in an endless loop. Andie is convinced she needs true love's kiss to break the curse, but instead discovers how a high school filled with cliques and misfits can find common ground despite everyone's differences. Publication is set for January 2019.

Rating: 3.75/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: frustrating, slow-to-start beginning; the twist on the love interest was easy to see co
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
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Zoë ☆
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
At the start I was really optimistic and thought it was definitely going to be a 4/5 star read! I really liked all the characters, their interactions and their love for movies. However, the main character got so different when she had to do her day all over again that I didn't love reading those parts as much as I loved the beginning. The ending was, again, really cute though and it almost made me cry! I think you'll definitely like this if you're a huge movie lover.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, litsyatoz2019
If you loved teenage romcoms of the 80s and 90s, then do I have a book for you! Described as a mash up of Groundhog Day meets Pretty In Pink, this is the story of a new girl, seemingly doomed to forever repeat her first day of school in a new town. With every “new” day however, Andie (yes, named after that Pretty In Pink character), manages to find a fresh perspective. It’s a somewhat predictable take on an old trope, but a fun ride nonetheless!
Lauren R.
Pretty cute. The old movie references were fun and obviously the Groundhog Day premise is a favorite of mine, but the story got very preach-y in certain spots. The main character IS supposed to learn about herself as she goes through the days but there were too many “life lessons” in her head to feel natural, I guess? Good romance, cute ending.
Stacia | stacialovestoread
Actual review: 4.5 ⭐

First of all, thank you so much to Netgalley, Just Reads Tours & Blink YA for providing me this bookie! It was for a tour, and I was under no obligation to review this book but after I decided to read it for fun, I have to tell you how good it was.

Andie is our girl and she’s somehow fallen in love with the first boy she sees at the movie theatre. After a movie night with Mom, Andie becomes trapped in reliving the first day of school, Groundhog Day style.
Instead of usin
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
We've all had 'if only I could be a fly on the wall' fantasies. Now, imagine how eye-opening it would be to sample each of high school's cliques from the inside. Andie gets that chance and learns a lot about herself, and her assumptions, along the way. Like Laurie Boyle Crompton's other books, this one is super fun and romantic. Much like the John Hughes films to which this story pays homage.
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