by Penelope Douglas
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 21st 2016 by Self-Published
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"We were perfect together. Until we met."
I can't help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me.
In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.
It didn't take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever...
And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.
Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there's one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She's the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.
We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?
Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name's Ryen, loves Gallo's pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?
F*ck it. I need to meet her.
I just don't expect to hate what I find.
He hasn't written in three months. Something's wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.
Without him around, I'm going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It's my own fault. I should've gotten his phone number or picture or something.
He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn't even know it.
Punk 57 is told from Misha’s and Ryen’s point of view and I thought that was perfect! It definitely gave more depth and background to the story and the characters. They have been friends for years. Their friendship started through a pen pal assignment at school. Later on, they realized they only lived one town apart but they vowed to never look for each other. Their friendship stayed in the letters they would write one another. That all changed when Misha goes through something terrible and he ends up attending Ryen’s high school. Unfortunately, what Misha discovers about Ryen troubles him. He thought Ryen was one way, but when he meets her, he sees she’s a bitch and sometimes a bully.
“And then when I found out she was popular, not an outcast, and a cardboard cut-out, not at all original, I became angry. She led me to believe those things, and my muse was a lie.”
I have seen Penelope Douglas books around a lot. I even bought a lot of her ebooks, but I hadn’t read them yet. What the hell was I thinking in waiting to read her books? I’m so glad I have Sarah, who’s a major book pusher. Because of her, I bought the book but didn’t read it. It wasn’t until I saw two people I follow on Instagram raving about the book that I decided to start it.
I was glued to my kindle! It was actually karaoke night when I started the book and I said no to karaoke night. I never say no to going out! It’s only happened very rarely with books that completely win me over and Punk 57 goes on that list. There’s something wonderful when you start a book and you know it will be a one-sitting read. I knew that when I started Punk 57. I had no doubt in my mind I would completely devour it.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Was I expecting to be blown away? Nope, yet I ended up blown away. There’s so much angst in this story and my heart came close to not handling it various times, but it was too good! The angst made the book better for me. I was beyond invested in the characters’ lives and their feelings. I would feel what they were feeling so immensely! It’s why my heart would break all the freaking time!
Penelope Douglas wrote an incredibly sexy and angsty teen story while giving focus to important topics, such as bullying and loss.
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