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Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas REVIEW

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words 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.

Ryen

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 number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Review

OMG I LOVED! LOVED. There were so many important messages in this book, I thought it was such a perfect example of how difficult it is, especially in the current social climate, what with Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat being such a huge part of young people’s lives, for kids to grow up to be accepting of themselves, and learn that unless you can enjoy your own company and be the person you want to be, you will never truly be happy. Bullies are everywhere and it’s so difficult to escape them.

“Narcissists don’t have insecurities, right? Must be nice.”

This is the story of two childhood penpals, Misha Lare and Ryen Trevarrow, who live just one town apart. Misha is a musician, and Ryen is his muse. Ryen writes to Misha about her struggles at school, about how she feels like she wants to be the popular girl, the person who gets everything she wants, surrounded by friends, and adored. Misha sends her lyrics, and they collaborate. They are everything to each other and have a connection that they don’t have with any other person in the world.

When tragedy strikes, Misha stops writing, and Ryen is lost without his words and encouragement, but little does she know that Misha has found out her secret, and has realised that he doesn’t very much like the girl he sees before him, she is nothing like the girl in the letters and he hates it.

Although this story is set in High School, there was nothing PG about this book, you could feel the sparks flying between Misha & Ryen, from the beginning when they were friends, to when they were enemies, to when they were lovers, it was off the charts, and I couldn’t get enough. The sparring going on between these two was electric, and they both gave as good as they got.

“You’re a hot little brat,” I growl over her lips.
“But only for me, you got that?”

Misha was your typical tortured hero who melts hearts with ease, he was a man on a mission, and beneath his tough facade, he was the most loyal and caring friend who would have your back in a heartbeat – he stood up for what he believed in.

Ryen was a difficult girl to love, but in the same breath very easy to empathise with. Her struggles were so real, and behind her bitchy persona, she was just a decent human being who wanted to fit in, and be accepted. I ended up loving her, and together they were perfect.

“Close your eyes, there’s nothing to see out here. I’d loved that line. As if everything we needed to know, we couldn’t see. It was all inside of us.”

For fans of Penelope Douglas, I would describe this as a mixture between Bully& Corrupt. It’s set in the same world as Corrupt, but with the high school themes that are present in the Falling Away series. For those of you who haven’t read Penelope’s books before, then I suggest you give them a go, because they are among some of my all-time favourites, and PUNK 57 did not disappoint.

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Punk 57 is a standalone erotic romance, told from dual POV.

ARC gratefully received

About the Author

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Penelope Douglas is a writer living in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to “just get the damn degree!” She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public administration. One night, she told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The 100, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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