Hi Everyone! It’s Becky, again. Everyone who knows me knows that I love a good rom-com and I have always had a soft spot for the movie Groundhog’s Day so I was super excited with I found Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton on NetGalley. This book was super cute and was definitely an homage to the classic Bill Murray movie and other great classic rom-coms.
Title: Pretty in Punxsutawney
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Movie loving Andie isn’t looking forward to the start of her senior year of high school. Her parents just moved her from their small town to the slightly larger Punxsutawney where Andie has to start her last year of school as the new kid. The only silver lining in Andie’s dark cloud of a life is Colton the super cute boy who works at the local movie theater and who film buff Andie befriended over the summer. Andie dreams of winning Colton’s heart on the first day of school but when the day turns into a disaster Andie must relive that day over until she finds her real path to happiness.
Review: This book is perfect for readers looking for a little fluffy romance with a bit humor. Andie and her time loop experiences are funny and perfectly tween friendly with each of her days feeling like their own little adventure into high school cliques. Plus, Crompton created a perfectly adorable possible love interest in Tom. It doesn’t take long for you to start rooting for Andie to let go of her Colton crush and embrace the possibility of Tom. However, there some parts of this book that didn’t quite flow as perfectly as the humor and love interest. Pretty in Punxsutawney is a whole lot of book and, for me, Andie’s time revisiting her first day of school went on just a little too long. Also, I have to wonder if all the Brat Pack reference will be lost on many of the younger teen who are the one that will most likely to read this book. This book feels very much geared towards an audience of eleven to thirteen year olds and I’m not sure they will know or care about the stars of John Hughes films. Moreover, Crompton’s message of appreciating your life and learning empathy felt a little heavy hand by the end of the book and made the fun rom-com begin to feel like a “lesson” book. However, if you are willing to ignore those small issues and you want a book that is just kind of fun with a little romance and then you should definitely take time with Pretty in Punxsutawney.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5