Review: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

description“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.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Penelope Douglas is becoming an author I like more and more. I didn't read her Bully series but I did read Corrupt & Misconduct this year.

Punk 57 attracted me from the start with the synopsis and I got the confirmation while reading.
I had a hard time to really get in the book. It took me almost 15 % to be fully invested in Misha & Ryen's story. But once I was, it was non stop reading for me. It's because I needed sleep that I had to stop for some time.

“They’ll never matter to us, Ryen. No one knows how this feels.”

Ryen is not the perfect heroine. She has lots of flaws, she doesn't act the way she should, she thinks of herself before others but I get where she came from.
Penelope Douglas wrote more than a romance book where two people exchange letters and get to know each other over the years. She wrote about real problems that teenagers and people in school meet everyday!
It's a book about finding a way to be who you really are and not how people want you to be to appear "cool"

"It gets better, you are important, and you can’t be replaced. Hang on. You’ll find your tribe.

Misha might be a grad A A-hole but he won me over from the beginning. He is the one who suffered the most, yet you never see him complain. He knows his actions are not for the best. The way he tricks Ryen into meeting him at school was definitely not ok but I get him and his actions too.

I know my review seems a little cryptic. I think you should only read the book to know all the truths there are. You'll get to witness the chemistry both MC have, why they are meant for each other and how they

I have a special mention for the end that was just perfection! I ADORE it! And Penelope I read your note and you put words to why exactly as a reader I'm always harsher with the heroine than the guy! Thank you

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