REVIEW – PUNK 57 by Penelope Douglas

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SYNOPSIS:

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

5 I’m His. All Of Me. Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Patty)

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Ryen Trevarrow & Misha Lare become pen pals in the fifth grade when they are required to write each other as part of a school project. They are paired up with someone of the same sex, but the teachers make a mistake based on their names. They become the best of friends over the years & are obsessed with each other’s letters. They tell each other everything & accept each other as is. They’ve become each other’s safe place over the last seven years.

Ryen & Misha only live about thirty miles apart, but they made a pact to not meet. They feel it will keep their letters more special. They have three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, & no photos, so when Misha stumbles across a photo online of a beautiful girl named Ryen he doesn’t know what to do.

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Misha lives in a wealthy community called Thunder Bay. He’s in a band called Cipher Core where he sings and plays guitar. He has a great life that is suddenly turned upside down, & everything seems to be falling apart. When he is faced with seeing the one person that means the world to him, will she live up to his expectations? Ryen has always been perfect in Misha’s head.

Ryen hasn’t heard from Misha in three months & is going crazy without him. She’s worried & misses him. He’s been her best friend since they were eleven, & she’s never gone this long without hearing from him. They’ve never seen each other’s faces, but she loves him unconditionally & completely. He is in her heart, & essential to her happiness. Could he be closer than she realizes?

I loved this book! It was my first book by this author & it was fabulous! It’s about teenagers, bullying, & the journey of finding out who you are. It deals with wanting to be popular & fitting in. The desperate need for approval from others & wanting to belong. In this story, Ryen doesn’t know who she is & doesn’t like herself very much. She just wants people to finally see her. The message I came away with was that it’s okay to be different & we all need to love ourselves. We are each unique & special.

-“Before I met you,” I say against his lips. “I fantasized about you.”

-“I couldn’t talk to anyone like I talk to you.”

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}
(BR w/Mel)

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There’s one thing I have come to know about Penelope Douglas and that is she can deliver teen angst like no other. I loved BULLY when I read it several years ago and Punk 57definitely has the same flavor as that book. I felt like I was thrown back into High School, feeling all the same insecurities over how I was being perceived by my peers and also crushing on that one mysterious and hot bad boy that all the girls had their eyes on. Don’t even get me started on the scorching hot steaminess within the pages of this book! There just wasn’t much that I didn’t love about this story!

Ryen and Misha have been the best of friends for seven years. They became pen pals for a fifth-grade school project and continued to write each other even after the assignment had ended. The two live in neighboring towns but made a pact to never meet in person, because neither of them wanted their near perfect perception of each other to be shattered. Just one night changes the course of their friendship forever. They meet at a fundraising scavenger hunt for Misha’s rock band in an abandoned warehouse. Misha hears someone calling out Ryen’s name and then curiosity has him seeking her out. When they cross paths he doesn’t divulge his identity to her but the chemistry between them is undeniable. But their chance meeting is cut short when a tragedy occurs later that night which shrouds Misha in silence and despair for months to come.

 

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Three months have gone by and Ryen has not received one reply to any of the countless letters she has sent to Misha. He’s basically dropped off the face of the earth without any explanation as to why. She’s starting to feel completely alone in the world because her one true friend has basically abandoned her. Then one day at school, a mysterious new student shows up in one of her classes and he comes to the aid of a boy who’s being bullied by one of Ryen’s ”friends”, and it may have been brought on by her instigating the situation. Masen Laurent doesn’t hold back his feelings of disgust for Ryen and her utterly shallow existence. She can’t seem to figure out why this new guy’s opinion of her matters so much and also why she is strongly attracted to him. Little does she know that Masen is really Misha and that they had a run in several nights earlier at an abandoned amusement park, where she took something of his and he wants it back. Each time these two come face to face they end up in heated arguments but also the physical attraction between them is white hot and palpable.

Misha is so in awe of how beautiful Ryen is but at the same time he can’t help but feel massive disappointment over the shallow persona she has built up for herself at her high school. Gone is the girl that became his everything since he was just eleven-years-old. Or is she? As they start to spend more time with each other, Misha is able to chip away at Ryen’s barriers that she has built up over the years and soon these two are all twisted up in each other. But their relationship is hanging on by the tiniest of threads because Misha hasn’t revealed his true identity or what the real reason is for him being enrolled in her school under a fake name.

I have to admit I had a really hard time liking the heroine and when you get to the end of the book the author does address the fact that she created a character whose likability is extremely challenged. That being said, my overall enjoyment of the book wasn’t the least bit tarnished by my extreme dislike for Ryen. Let’s just say that my heart was won over by the gorgeous boy with the gift to see beauty through the ugliness and whose words became some pretty powerful lyrics.

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