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on October 21st, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Source: The Lovely Books
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest New Adult romance of love, hate, and everything in between...
"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.
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 a stand alone New Adult romance. It is suitable for ages 18+.
We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
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Book Review: 5+++ stars
Brilliant, thoughtful must read for every living soul!
Ryen and Misha became pen pals in fourth grade as a school project but quickly found something more and deeper in their conversations. Something that meant a great deal for them both and they continued to write letters to each other for seven years and were the most important persons for one another even if they never had any other contact besides these letters.
So everything was perfect and flawless until one day Misha’s letters stopped coming. Ryen was confused and sad but she never gave up.She promised to never stop writing and she meant to keep her promise. She just wanted to know he was well and safe while Misha had completely different plans. Their lives were about to change for better and worse. Let the game begins and the strongest will claim the victory!
“You don’t have to be afraid or embarrassed.
No one does you better than you.
You can’t be replaced.
Not everyone will see that, but only you need to.”
Let me start with stating that this is NOT just yet another book. This is a lesson for us all and a very important one! This one is definitely one of those sacred stories that I will introduce to my girls as soon as they become of right and understanding age. The message brought to our attention in this book is out of utter importance and so heavy that I am still feeling pain in my soul from it.
Times change and unfortunately if we look back in time it’s only getting worse for the current and future generations. So much is focused on the wrong things and we forget about the basics we all come from. To show kindness and empathy, to stand up for each other and remember what friendship is really about.
Penelope Douglas is without a doubt one of the most talented, unique and brilliant authors. Not only is her writing outstanding but even her view on life and what she stands for that we can see from her on the social media. Her posts often make me think twice and nod my head in agreement.
She has a strong voice and is not afraid to speak up and I love her for that!
From her stories you think you have it all figured out but things are never like they seem at first. There is always some depth within and twists you never see coming. She possesses this spectacular way with her storytelling and it’s easy to see the intellect in her words that demands more than just your attention. Each word needs your 110% focus and every page has something to think back at and learn from. Once you start reading her books you are hooked for life and that’s just it. Each and every one of her books I could easily recognize as her work even without knowing it’s her name on the cover of it.
This particular story broke me in pieces at times to that extent that I was feeling such strong internal pain that I had to rub my chest and hug myself in a attempt to ease the pain and hurt I felt.
I felt so bad for Ryen and how she was fighting against herself and what she truly believed in just to be “normal” and fit in with the popular crowd just like many young people are doing daily. It was sad and heartbreaking to read about all that internal struggle and putting up an appearance of a person people expected her to be.
And my heart also broke completely for poor Misha and how he grew up and when he found out the truth about a person who was supposed to be the first one in line to love and protect him but who betrayed him in the worst way possible. I wanted to crawl into the book at times and shake that person up and maybe give a slap or two to wake her up and have her make up for her hideous mistakes!
And then there was a moment later on in the book when some of my absolute favorite book characters made a small but very cherished appearance and had me squeal like a school girl because that’s what they do to me (when they don’t scare the living life out of me) and brought a smile on my face and found myself rereading those pages just to keep them with me for a little longer.
Now to the hot parts…Maybe I will wait with showing those for my girls a while 😉 For those of you who have read Penelope’s books you will know what this means and for those who doesn’t well you need to get to work and read Penelope’s books….Staring with Corrupt *wink wink*
Where there was a “sauna” scene there is now “car” scenes…yes I said SCENES as in multiple ones. And then we have the “Ryen’s bedroom” scene too… Well let’s just say she writes some seriously, insanely, freaking amazing hot scenes that make me blush and I am not an innocent soul.
But enough of me now…If I keep this up I will end up writing a novel about a novel instead of a review.
You need this book in your life!
You need to understand this story!
You need to pass it on and hopefully make a change in someone’s life!
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