Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas (standalone)
Genre: New Adult
"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.
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 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 suitable for ages 18+.
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"If someone doesn't want us, we need to stop wanting them."
Punk 57 portraits perfectly how ugly, difficult and painful high school can be. How young individuals struggle - struggle to fit in, stand out, struggle to find acceptance.
Misha and Ryen have an unlike friendship, it's strong, honest, and deep.....until they meet by accident.
"I know him very little, but after every encounter, I feel like I know him less."
I enjoyed the compelling way, Penelope captured the characters feelings, doubts, struggles, and heartache. I was glued to my kindle by her blunt yet captivating way of writing, and fantastic way of storytelling.
I'm usually not a big fan of New Adult/high school romance but this novel exceeded my expectations. I don't want to give too much away of the plot, that's why I cut my review short, but I leave you all with this advice: READ PUNK57, you won't regret it!!
"I'm done here. I'm going home. I'll be anything you want, even gone if that's what you need. I love you."