REVIEW: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

punk-57Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Rating: 5/5
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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.


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.

I’m so in love with this story, I can’t handle it. Everything about it, from its premise, the plot, the twists, the words, the romantic elements, to its characters that just leap off the pages and without warning plague your thoughts and send chills down your spine.

The heroine, Ryen, is not your classic goody two shoes kind of girl. She has this air of complexity that’s deep-seated from experiences which some would suppose trivial but for me were strongly significant. I sometimes hated her peculiarities, but I loved her even more for her rawness, her flaws and her fire. Likewise, my experience with Misha Lare was like dancing with a mischievous angel. I think I’ve always fancied those nasty but passionate heroes. These characters needed to be heard. Some things that happened to them in this story will make you hold your breath and you will even find some parts of this book inappropriate for the genre but it’s their realness that made Punk 57 highly addictive. I knew from the beginning that Penelope Douglas poured her heart out, knowing that readers might perceive some elements differently. Still, she bravely made the mixture “in your face” and unadulterated. Untouched by mediocrity.

I honestly predicted the major plot twist early on, but the timing and the conveyance of emotions during the revelation was a turning point for me. It broke the barriers of my indifferent heart.

This is not just a sexy, sweep you off your feet love story. And this is not just Ryen’s or Misha’s story. One way or another you will see yourself in one or two of both major and secondary characters. The message that spoke volumes and its relevance will leave you awakened.

I know it’s not yet the end of the year but I can already say that this will be one of my top 5 favorites for 2016 and definitely not my last Penelope Douglas book. Let’s raise our glasses to the belittled nasty freaks, the ruffians and the rule breakers! You know you are one of them!

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