Review: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas


“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. 
Brandi’s 4 star review

Another one that’s sat in my kindle because I knew it was there for “that right time”. I love Penelope Douglas books, it just that simple. If you haven’t had the chance to read her work, well my friend’s you need to remedy that. Her writing style sucks you in and the angst…oh, the angst, along with a plot that sticks in your head will make you a fan.
Punk 57 was far from what I expected. It was gritty, it was consuming and it was beautiful since it touched on such realistic tendencies with teenager’s. By the end, I felt like I had been on a roller coaster for days from the turns this storyline took. While it’s not my favorite Douglas book (Bully reigns king) Punk 57 is still flipping awesome!

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