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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: 10 stars
Misha Lare and Ryen Trevarrow have been pen pals since the fifth grade. They were paired up by accident. Both teachers incorrectly guessed their genders. One thought Misha was a girl and one thought Ryen was a boy. What started out as a school assignment turned into a genuine friendship and continued long after the assignment was done. For the past seven years, they have been writing letters back and forth sharing with each other their life stories. The things they’re passionate about. The things they dislike. Their true selves. They hid nothing from each other…at least they thought they didn’t.
Misha Lare has never met his muse. “Seven years I’ve known her name, but I’ve never seen her face.” –Misha. He knows her address, knows her name. He could easily go to her house to meet her, but he respects that she doesn’t want to meet face to face because of fear that it’ll “ruin what they have”. But after a fluke happenstance, he bumps into her at his bands scavenger fundraiser….the only thing is, she has no idea who he is. He is instantly drawn to her feistiness. Her fire. He didn’t expect that from her. He had an idea of who she was from the letters, but he likes what he sees even more in person. Until he learns her true colors…
Ryen Trevarrow is a fake. She only shows the world and her so-called“friends” what she thinks they want to see. “I learned a long time ago that you don’t need to reveal everything inside of you to the people around you. They like to judge, and I’m happier when they don’t. Some things stay hidden.” –Ryen. The only person she can be real with, is Misha. She uses her words and letters to him as her way to stand apart because she didn’t have the courage to in her everyday life. Ever since she was little, she was always the odd one out and one day in elementary, after being invisible for years, she decided that she was going to change herself. Become just what the popular kids need her to be to like her. “I changed, because I didn’t think what I brought to the table was worthy enough. I let them make me believe that…” –Ryen. As the years go on, she begins to get weighed down by the fakeness. She fakes who she is, who she likes/dislikes, everything about herself and for what reason, to be liked? To be popular? Well, she learns quickly, that being feared doesn’t equal respect. Being pretty on the outside, doesn’t mean you are on the inside. Being popular, doesn’t mean you have friends. “The emptiness is getting bigger and wider and deeper…”–Ryen. But as she is beginning to realize that being in the “in crowd” isn’t necessarily all it’s hyped up to be, Misha stops writing…she’s all alone again…
“We’re all ugly, Ryen. The only difference is, some of us hide it and some wear it.” –Misha.
What a powerful and telling story! I absolutely love stories like this! Stories that twist and turn and have the reader trying to figure out where the author is going to go next, but you just can’t. Stories that have the ability to take you back in time and make you reevaluate your choices. Stories that have a deeper meaning. “You reap what you sow.” Translation: you eventually have to face up to the consequences of your actions. Ryen Trevarrow is reaping what she sowed in PUNK 57. She is not your typical heroine and I applaud Penelope Douglas for writing her character in all her flawed glory. She is a very complex and bratty character and yet very relatable. You will love and hate her all in the same breath. I know I did. And I LOVED her counterpart, Misha. He was her perfect match. “He makes me happier, he makes me stronger…” –Ryen. He pushes her to become the true “Ryen”…”his Ryen”, the one in the letters. He knows what she is capable of and helps her see it too. I can admit, I could’ve easily been her in high school, but I found my “Misha” before that could happen and I like to call him my hubby now J I believe there’s tons of others in the world who can relate to this book, whether they are the Ryen, the Misha, or even the Lyla (because we all know there’s “Lyla’s” out there) in this book. You can stand alone. There is nothing wrong with that.
This book is packed full of mystery, intrigue, and secrets. It has the perfect dose of romance. And it was completely addictive! I am a mother of 3 under the age of 5 and I was staying up past midnight to read and read and read. Coffee was my friend during the day. *lol* There is SO MUCH more I could say about this book, but I am refraining because I want you to just pick it up and experience it yourself. I cannot say it enough, I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK! Another thing, I will definitely not look at a lip ring quite the same *fans self*.
PUNK 57 is considered a standalone…BUT…if you’ve read Pen’s book, CORRUPT, then you may get a little treat from some of the horsemen in this book *wink* (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read CORRUPT). I won’t give any more details than that.
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