By Penelope Douglas
Released Date: October 21, 2016
“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.
“Close your eyes, there’s nothing to see out here.”
When I finished this book, I wanted to shout to the world what an amazing book Punk 57 is. Really, what did I just read? It was totally an intense experience and I loved every single moment of it. I couldn’t even wrap up the feelings I have for this book and it’s crazy… beautiful and crazy. You see, I still think about it all the time! It has my heart from the beginning up to the last page and I still cannot let go. I thought Bully will forever be my most favorite Pen Douglas’ book but I was wrong. I thought I fell hard for Bully, but it seems like I really haven’t hit the ground yet. Until Punk 57.
Ryen is not the typical heroine that we usually root for, and Misha isn’t the guy I thought he was. He is something else… something more. I fell in love with these characters and I didn’t even need a lot of convincing. Misha stole my heart and he held it. Held it and totally wrapped his hands around it. I dived blind and fast into this book and I was completely blown away (and I recommend that you do the same!). It’s far from what I thought I knew and expected, and nothing like I’ve read before. It was surprisingly a bit dark, edgy, and sexy to the point that it’s almost illegal. I loved the twist and turns of the story and those surprises along the way pushed me to sit straighter on the bed. I think I had thrown a few bad words in the wind as well (sh*t). It was very angsty and gritty that I wanted to punch the other characters’ faces from this book. I don’t want to say anything more than the necessary rambling because I don’t want to spoil the book for those who want to read it and enjoy it to the fullest. Just let me say that I loved this book so much! There are only two books so far that top my reads this year. Absolutely one of these is Punk 57. I don’t read fast… but this book was so hard to put down. If you read and enjoyed anything by Penelope Douglas, I bet you’ll gonna love this book as much or probably more than you love the other books. Yes, I think it’s dark… and it’s sexy and angsty.. more than that it is also sad and heartbreaking. But above all these, I think this book is powerful–it will touch people and most probably change a few hearts.
This book is marked as the Best Romance of the Month in Goodreads and it hasn’t even released yet. This has to mean something good and also one more reason to read it. I looove this book so hard, definitely 5 stars! I would give it a 10 if it’s allowed.
There are books that we read and we hold close to us, and there are books that do the opposite and hold us–those kind that helps us keep going and reminds us why we shouldn’t give up reading. Punk 57 is that kind of book for me… the kind that holds my heart.
“You kissed my hair while sticking me in the heart.
But your house will break before I fall apart.”