I was originally drawn to this book by its bright cover, but when I checked out the inside flap and learned that it was actually about reliving the same day over and over again, I was hooked.
I love this trope. I saw Happy Death Day and realized that love, then (in the same weekend) watched Groundhog Day and Happy Death Day 2 U. Switch things up so it’s a girl in high school, and you’ve hit my sweetest spot.
Pretty in Punxsutawney is about Andie (named for Molly Ringwald’s character in Pretty in Pink) who has a huge crush. She is so head over heels for Colton that she visits the movie theater where he works daily to help out with his work (and see movies for free). Heck, they even had a (super embarrassing) meet-cute. But when she gets to her first day of school with him, she realizes that he may not be as into her as she hoped.
The next morning, Andie is in the exact same position she woke up in the day before. In the same dress. With the same dvd menu music playing. To Andie, this seems like the universe saying, “you like that dude. Here’s another shot.” So she does. But again and again, she makes mistakes, and he isn’t falling in love with her. For months, she learns cheerleading, how to walk in heels, the perfect smokey eye, and still, he isn’t interested. Maybe, she realizes, this wasn’t what the universe was suggesting.
This book was really interesting, and I blasted through it! I loved Andie, even if we disagree on some things. I thought she was a pure character, who genuinely learned that not everything is about her, and how to be a force for good.
I do have to say that I absolutely loathed some of the characters. The two main guys in this are both very much not for me, and that was surprising. I can usually be down with what the main character is interested in, but I didn’t like reading about either of them. That bummed me out.
Overall, this was a fun book that really enjoyed the possibilities of reliving a day over and over and over again. It was incredibly well thought out, and makes me want even more from this trope!
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