Review: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Posted November 4, 2016 by Tiffani @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Punk 57 by Penelope DouglasPunk 57 by Penelope Douglas
on October 21st 2016
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Own
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Also by this author: Bully

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”
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.


This book was astounding.

I heard about this book from a Goodreads email newsletter for October, and the cover caught my eye. When I looked into it, the plot grabbed me and latched on. So, of course, I bought the Kindle version on Amazon and began reading at midnight.

Bad mistake. This sucker is like a whirlpool; there’s no way out once you start. This is a really amazing tale of love and being yourself, despite being in high school, where to fit in, you usually have to be someone that’s not you.

There were a few twists in this book that really had me shocked, and so sad. Penelope Douglas lets the reader feel the pain of the narrators in this, which is remarkable. I remember in grade school, 5th grade, like in this book, getting a pen pal. I only wrote them once and I don’t remember them even writing back once. So, in this story, Misha and Ryen have been pen pals for SEVEN YEARS, and they’ve never met or connected online. They don’t know what each other looks like. It’s beautiful. It’s sweet. It makes you fall in love. BUT, we get to see them meet here, it’s just not what anyone was expecting. It’s a rush of adrenaline and lust and love for the reader. I felt such a connection with Misha in this book, because he’s not your average guy; he’s in a band and has his lip pierced and he believes in staying true to yourself. Ryen is so beautiful on the outside, and on the inside (for Misha) but we see a side of her nobody likes. She’s one of my new favorite heroines.

Misha and Ryen make me want to fall in love all over again, and though there were many trials in this book, the end result is 100%. I devoured this book, along with the characters in it. It’s an absolutely stunning novel and I can’t wait to read more by Penelope Douglas. PICK THIS BOOK UP TODAY! Happy reading and let me know your thoughts on this! <3



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I love anime, Halloween, makeup, my cat Dexter, and strange music. Currently a Barnes & Noble barista.

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